The debate rages on: should one engage hosting through the cloud or on-premise hosting? Is one of these safer, faster, or more intuitive? Which one is better for mobile applications or global companies? Is one seriously better than the other experiencing lower downtime than the other?
Hosting on the cloud involves a subscription and access through a web browser to a virtual server. It is in the public domain, so customers share servers with other clients. You can’t see the cloud but it’s out there, being monitored and upgraded as technology continues to push forward. A subscription doesn’t buy a piece of the cloud but, instead, access to it.
Hosting on-site requires a physical server. This is a tangible thing you can see and which technologists maintain or repair every day. Hosts tend to operate several, including redundant servers to prevent down-time. There are SSD and Edge Servers, the latter of which are part of a CDN around the globe. Fees buy rental of an actual technological product.
Some say virtual servers are safer because, if you can’t see the cloud, neither can hackers and vandals. Compared with some cheap web hosts, security is actually better than SSD affords. Hackers can’t hurt what is intangible. The cloud is cheap compared with on-site hosting and is simple to get started.
But is it really safer for being virtual? Some organizations have their misgivings; kind of like vague uncertainties around Facebook. You don’t know why, exactly, but something does not sit right. That’s how many companies and technological experts feel and they are quite happy to promote this view on a mere “feeling.” If it is not truly “there,” one cannot protect it either.
Certain experts believe the cloud could be slower than regular SSD servers so there is lag between sending a request and receiving information on your screen. Since the cloud is a WAN or Wide Area Network system, one must have access to WAN and some reports suggest this is a problem in certain parts of the world.
You can see, maintain, defend, and improve an on-site server. Technologists spend long hours each day working on their various servers to implement safety improvements, re-connect wires, add and subtract pieces, and generally improve upon the most recent technological achievements.
To the lay-person it seems technology improves every six months. Speed is enhanced. Security is better. There are new tools on the control panel or automated features. On-premise servers can be improved and also customized, but you cannot customize the cloud nearly as easily.
Some on-site services exceed anything the cloud can offer in terms of security. These products also meet regulatory standards. If you are running an organization in which security is of supreme importance, there are rules governing web hosting suppliers and the cloud cannot meet those. Highly secure on-site hosts can. Read what your organization has mandated regarding security before engaging hosting services.
But customers don’t always need additional safety and services; extra tools and features. They pay for it anyway in some sense, even when such clients only purchase the cheapest shared subscription.
Moreover, a solid server is not as agile as the cloud when it comes to scale and traffic surges. The cloud is more flexible if your website happens to go over its expected number of monthly visitors compared with a solid server situated on-premises.
Also, all of those customizations can prove problematic. It all depends on whether or not the company allows these to become convoluted, but there is a huge number of companies to choose from.
Look for the ordinary cPanel and reassurances of “simple,” “intuitive” control panels and you probably won’t have much trouble. With no contractual obligations, one could try the cloud and on-site hosting.