Servers are something very important for any type of company that wants to have the maximum success in their day to day. Of course, we must keep in mind that we can find different options according to our needs.
Throughout this article we are going to expose the most relevant differences between a physical server and a virtual or cloud server. Let’s discover them!
Types and characteristics
When hiring a server for our company, the first decision we must make is whether we want to have physical servers, or if we opt for a virtual or cloud server. This choice is not something to be taken lightly as it will have important consequences for our company.
What are the main differences between the two types?
A physical server is specially designed to carry out its specific functions and to operate according to certain requirements. This entails an important expense for any company, since within the budget we have to consider that we will need other devices such as routers, switches, generators, cooling systems, security systems, fire extinguishing systems… in addition to the physical space that will occupy all this installation and the cost of the necessary works to adapt everything to our space.
On the other hand, a virtual server or in the cloud is a service that, in the first place, is contracted to an external provider, and for this reason it is not within our company and does not need neither adapted space nor specialized personnel, since the configuration and maintenance can be included in the same package of services and outsourced to a specialized company.
Advantages of the cloud vs. physical server
Opting for a virtual server has many advantages over buying a physical server:
Moving our virtual servers means significant savings in infrastructure costs for your company, as well as staff dedicated to its management, administration and maintenance.
The cloud allows us to reduce our dependence on external financing, since the costs are translated to pay-per-use, eliminating large initial outlays.
The main advantage of a cloud server is to benefit from a constant technological update at any time, which is very important considering the relentless growth of digital technologies.
The high scalability offered by virtual servers, allows us to increase or decrease the contracted resources according to our needs without causing inconvenience in the operation of the company.
We also reduce security risks, since we will be constantly updating to meet security challenges introduced by cyber attacks, the discovery of vulnerabilities or changes in the legal environment.
Virtual servers allow a company to outsource those functions that are not relevant to its day-to-day operations, and focus on its business. This is extremely important for those companies that want to focus on their business and leave non-core issues in the hands of specialized providers such as Micgrup.
As we mentioned earlier, the rapid technological evolution in which we are immersed poses a significant risk when planning investments in technology for your business. On the other hand, if we opt for the cloud, we greatly reduce the risk of making a mistake due to the high flexibility offered by this type of service.
In conclusion, every company needs a server to start its path towards digitalization, both to manage its internal processes more easily and securely, and to be able to offer the best services to its customers.