The debate over whether dedicated or cloud hosting Vietnam is a better bet for the modern business has raged for a long time now.
We’ve even given our two cents on the topic once or twice, with the conclusion that both continue to be valid and effective options – although some will favor the flexibility of cloud and others the assurance of a single-tenant hardware environment in the form of a dedicated server.
However, one common question VinaHost has not written about before is whether one or the other offers better daily performance. The followings are a few things to consider in choosing between dedicated and cloud server for optimal app speed and latency – plus a few factors that have implications on both sides of the debate.
- Scaling up for better performance
That said, before you rush out and buy a dedicated server, remember that one of the most fundamental benefits of cloud hosting Vietnam is its scalability – and this scalability can make life a whole lot easier when it comes to consistent speed and performance.
If CPU or memory is a performance bottleneck in your dedicated server, there’s not much you can do to fix the problem short of upgrading or replacing the hardware itself. Compare to a cloud server, where adding/removing CPU or memory resources is trivial, and can be done without significant additional spend. It is difficult to argue this should not be counted as a point in favor of the cloud computing where performance is concerned.
- Virtual hardware
For most users and in most circumstances, it can be hard to tell the difference between an app operating on a cloud server and the same app operating on a dedicated server of identical specs – assuming, of course, that both are configured correctly. However, when you drill down and start to look at metrics such as low level CPU and disk IO benchmarks, the fundamental differences between virtual or physical hardware will be more apparent.
It is for this reason that many users swear by dedicated servers with their own SSDs for performance-intensive apps – though that is not to say cloud servers are uniformly slower or dedicated servers uniformly more quickly. With cloud in particular, there are a number of things that can affect the performance of otherwise identical virtual hardware. The platform used is one case, as is infrastructure configuration.
- Role of the data center
Finally, remember the speed and performance of any Vietnamese hosting service will be determined to a large degree by the quality of connectivity between your server and your premises or user base. This covers things such as bandwidth, quality and suitability of carriers with points of presence in your vendor’s DC, and availability of network links to other key locations.
Conclusively, this should factor as much – or more – in your choice of vendor as their dedicated server hardware, or the platform they use to deploy their cloud server services. If their DC is not able to deliver the high-speed, high-capacity connectivity your business needs to succeed, the rest is academic – it is time to look elsewhere.
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