Clouds and servers are often compared when talking about IT infrastructure solutions. However, not many sources address the technological differences between these solutions transparently and in detail. In this article, we will determine which platform is the best choice based on their technical capabilities, as well as compare the economic aspects of renting either solution.
Cloud and server comparison criteria
Before comparing the IT infrastructure platforms, it is worth determining the comparison criteria and the definitions of certain terms related to the solutions.
Firstly, we compare clouds and servers in the context of IT infrastructure provider services. The platform where the solution is hosted directly affects the technological capabilities of the entire infrastructure; local data centers and professional data centers rarely offer comparable conditions. For the purposes of this article, we assume that the cloud and the server are hosted in a provider's data center. In addition, it is difficult to determine the average quality of local solutions; providers' offers more reliably demonstrate the real capabilities of the platforms.
Secondly, remote solutions in general are often mistakenly referred to as «clouds». In fact, a cloud is a computing platform based on multiple physical servers which uses the virtualization technology to create virtual machines with flexible configurations. Remote access is not a feature unique to clouds; when you rent a server in a provider’s data center, you access it remotely as well. In this article, we will compare the technological capabilities of these options, as well as the economic aspects of working with each one.