What is a Cloud Server?

Businesses of all sizes- small businesses, mid-sized businesses, and large businesses- have in the recent past adopted cloud servers mainly due to their effectiveness in enhancing operations and improving customer service.

Cloud servers have the potential to change how businesses operate, enable fast processing of information and ease workloads, enable cost and time saving, offer strategies that tackle numerous business problems, among others.

In the U.S., the number of small business that have adopted cloud computing is expected to rise from the current 37 percent to 80 percent over the next six years. This is a clear indicated that cloud servers are the future in the business world.

So what exactly is a cloud server?

A cloud server is basically a virtual server (rather than a physical server) that runs in a cloud computing environment. The server is built, hosted, and delivered via a cloud computing platform over the internet.

A cloud server possesses and exhibits similar capabilities and functionalities to a physical server, although it’s accessed remotely from a cloud service provider.

Other terminologies used to denote a cloud server include a virtual server or virtual private server.

There are two main types of cloud server;

-Logical cloud server

-Physical cloud server

 

A cloud server is said to be logical when it’s delivered through server virtualization. In this mode of delivery, the physical server is logically distributed into two or more logical servers to different end users by a cloud service provider, and each one of them possesses a different OS, an individual user interface, and apps. However, the logical servers share some physical components from the underlying physical server.

While a physical cloud server can also be accessed via the internet remotely, it cannot be shared or distributed to multiple users, which is why it’s also referred to as a dedicated cloud server.

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Benefits of Cloud Servers

Cloud servers offer greater advantages over the traditional options of shared or dedicated servers. This explains the widespread adoption of this technology and the reason why many businesses are choosing cloud servers.

So why adopt cloud servers? Here are some of the benefits:

User Stability and Security

A cloud server has the ability to give your business excellent user stability and security because all software-related issues are isolated from your business environment. Unlike a physical server, using a cloud server prevents other cloud servers from affecting your business and vice versa. For example, if other users overload their cloud servers, your server won’t be affected in any way since your resources are strictly dedicated to you, hence guaranteeing stability and security.

Flexibility and Scalability

Cloud servers are a perfect choice for businesses with bandwidth requirements that constantly grow or fluctuate. As the business requirements increase, users can adjust cloud capacity and even upgrade by adding memory and disk space. Likewise, the cloud capacity can be scaled down to meet changing needs.

The ability to adjust cloud capacity plays a crucial role in keeping the business at a competitive edge.

Increased Collaboration

Collaboration is where employees in an organization telecommute from different geographical zones with little opportunity for face-to-face interaction.

With cloud servers, these virtual teams are able to seamlessly connect and sync information with each other which not only ensures swift transfer of information, but also significantly reduces travel costs and time taken during travels.

Increased collaboration provided by cloud servers increases productivity and reduces operation costs in businesses.

Cloud Servers are Fast, Stable, and Secure

For organizations that want to deliver fast and quality customer services without the hassle of dealing with the numerous hardware issues like those found in physical servers while keeping their IT budget down, cloud servers are the most viable option.

A business’s cloud servers are networked to ensure uninterrupted communication and fast deployment without the interference of other servers. The servers give users total control.

Cost Effectiveness

With cloud servers, businesses only pay what they need and scale down when needed as costs are directly proportional to the business requirements.

Cloud servers are able to provide businesses with more resources and faster service at lower costs than they would for a similar price of physical servers.

Cloud servers also eliminate the need for businesses to spend huge chunks of money on hardware, utilities, and many other components needed for operation.

Automation

One of the most attractive aspects of cloud computing is automation.

With cloud servers, businesses do not need to hire a team to handle system updates including software and security updates and backups. This is all taken care of automatically in the cloud.

Automation helps release important internal resources in a business for high-priority work.

Disaster Recovery

While disaster recovery is a critical strategy for all businesses, small-sized businesses often lack the money to keep their information safe and secure in case of disasters such as fire, hacking, floods, earthquakes, including others.

Cloud servers offer businesses and organizations the perfect disaster recovery solutions that not only keep their vital information safe, but also save time and money that would have otherwise been spent on recovery.

Availability of Multiple Servers

Multiple cloud servers are available to each particular client which allows necessary computing resources to be dedicated to a client. The availability of multiple cloud servers also ensures that additional capacity is temporarily accessed when needed and removed when it’s no longer required.

This ensures smooth operation of businesses and exceptional customer service.

Offer Redundancy

Because there are multiple cloud servers available, the operations of a failed server are taken over by others. This makes a cloud server a much more reliable option compared to a physical server.

Increased Revenue

When businesses adopt cloud servers, they are able to provide fast, quality, and reliable services to their customers and as a result, more revenue is generated.

Furthermore, businesses are able to quickly adopt new solutions without incurring huge upfront costs, which is also a win for their financial stability.

Final Verdict

When cloud servers arrived on the market, it wasn’t clear how their implications would affect the business world. However, just a few years on the market has prompted businesses and organizations to embrace them due to their reliability, flexibility, and most importantly, cost-effectiveness.

The future of the business world is certainly bright.

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