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Are Dedicated Servers Still Relevant?

Posted by Adrien Tibi

The hype around cloud technology has cast doubt over the value of dedicated servers, with many debating whether they are still relevant. However, not only are dedicated servers relevant, but they remain a viable option when businesses require real power and control.

Dedicated servers are physical servers, which are owned or rented out to businesses as an entire unit. We call them ‘dedicated’ as they are employed by a single user to serve a specific networking purpose.

Are Dedicated Servers Really Out of Date?

The big players in public cloud hosting have tried to highlight dedicated servers’ drawbacks, such as a lack of scalability, in order to validate the need for cloud hosting. However, modern-day dedicated servers can form a part of a hybrid cloud or bare metal cloud environment, which can be scaled up or down with cloud-like efficiency. Automated provisioning means you can buy bare metal servers online and have them up and running in minutes, as you would with a public cloud provider like AWS.

Benefits of Dedicated Servers Over the Cloud?

Ideal for Horizontal Scaling

The myth that dedicated servers lack scalability has already been busted. But in some cases, dedicated servers can be more scalable than the cloud. Despite public clouds providing rapid vertical scaling, at some point there is a limit. However, dedicated servers are ideal for horizontal scaling, which can be expanded almost infinitely as a part of your bare metal cloud environment.

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No “Noisy Neighbours”

If you are hosting on a cloud platform, you will likely be sharing virtual machines. This could have a considerable impact on performance if you’re dealing with heavy workloads. What’s more, you may have to share your IP address. If one of your neighbours is running spam or adult material, it could affect your site’s ranking. With dedicated servers being single-tenant, these drawbacks are eliminated, providing optimal performance with unlimited bandwidth and disk space – all within a private workspace.

Optimal Data Security

Despite public cloud providers constantly improving their security, your data is far safer with dedicated servers, as only you (and data centre staff) can access it. On top of having a unique IP address, dedicated servers deliver the highest level of protection from malware, as well as access to expert technical support. So, if you’re working on highly sensitive work, don’t run the risk of hacking in public clouds – instead secure data within dedicated servers.

Full Control and Customisation

With dedicated servers you have full control of software, upgrades, scripts, applications and the server’s OS. With this administrative power, you are free to customise every element from the infrastructure up. What’s left is a server perfectly suited to your needs.


What really matters is that you get the right hosting solution that fits your needs. Don’t be misled by public cloud providers – if it works for you, consider opting for dedicated servers as a part of a bare metal cloud environment.

Whether you’re using a bare metal cloud, PaaS or IaaS to develop your SaaS product, be sure to read our guide to SaaS profitability for hints and tips on how to optimise your profits.

What is a Bare Metal Cloud?

Posted by Adrien Tibi

A dedicated bare metal cloud allows you to control everything from the infrastructure upwards, without owning or operating the wider public internet or datacentres.

How is a bare metal cloud different from dedicated servers?

dedicated server is just one component of a bare metal cloud.  A dedicated server is a standalone server, with a given specification.  The customer has complete administrative access to the server.

A bare metal cloud represents the whole infrastructure environment – which may include multiple dedicated servers, some of which may in turn be running virtualisation technology. It can also include as proprietary devices such as storage, load balancers, or firewalls.

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It is often the case that bare metal cloud environments will have customised networking requirements – private connectivity to storage devices using iSCSI or fiberchannel, high throughput and low latency connectivity between servers, as well as a dedicated connection to the public internet.

A bare metal cloud can span multiple datacentres, and can be part of a ‘hybrid cloud’ environment that has both a bare metal cloud and connection to a public cloud – as such Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure.

What are the benefits of a bare metal cloud versus the public cloud?

There is no ‘on-size-fits-all’ answer as to when a bare metal cloud is better than a public cloud, as every organisation has different requirements from their hosting platforms. This makes it vital to draw upon expertise to determine how best to architect your solution.

Some aspects of a bare metal cloud can’t be replicated in a public cloud, such as:

It is cheaper than a public cloud environment
There is complete control over the specification of the physical environment, which can be used to fully customise the environment and yield performance gains for the platform. Particularly useful for companies offering software as a service, who can gain a USP over their competitors by customising their environment
There is more predictability and control over costs of the hosting environment
There is more commercial flexibility from dealing with a bare metal cloud provider that is providing a non-productised platform

When is the public cloud better?

Broadly speaking, public cloud trumps bare metal when:

Can I have both?

Absolutely.  A number of organisations, large and small, are running a hybrid environment. Hybrid solutions can cater for the ad hoc nature of a development platform in the public cloud, but with a production environment with known workloads in a bare metal cloud that has been optimised for the applications.

This approach:

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