As businesses think of digital transformation the first thing that comes to their mind is Cloud. Cloud has become a necessity today because it is scalable, cost-effective, and allows you for rapid deployment of technologies like AI/ML, IoT. Despite all the noise that the cloud is making, dedicated servers still have their importance. If you intend to deploy the best technology for the task at hand, the dedicated server still has an important role to play. Here, I will look at why dedicated servers are a key element in digital transformation.
A reason for deploying a dedicated server is that digital transformation requires organizations to run resource-heavy applications flawlessly. While the cloud does offer very high performance, our cloud VM’s underlying hardware, features the latest 2x Xeon E5 with 12 to 18 cores, for organizations that need it, a dedicated server can offer even greater performance.
When organizations are looking for high performance their ideal choice will be to setup up their own bespoke Infrastructure using dedicated servers, load balancers, private network, and the works. This way it gives the organization complete control of their environment. For organizations that run resource-heavy applications, a dedicated server always offers the best performance. Applications will run faster, with those which rely on database access, like CMS, carrying out non-cached queries and data writes much quicker. With SSDs installed, a dedicated server can perform thousands of simultaneous reads and writes without the application having to wait around for the storage, as it would with HDDs. In addition, backups and restoration will be performed quicker and your server will respond more rapidly.
Data is the key ingredient for any form of digital transformation. All companies today are collecting it in greater quantities of data than ever before. They use this data to analyse and discover the insights that lead to improvements in operations, marketing, finance, and many other areas of the business. It’s crucial to protect this information and your website from viruses, hacks, and other risks.
When you run your own dedicated server, you’re completely in charge of your site’s security. You can optimize the security for the specific requirements of your website and secure the storage of files. This is not to say that the cloud is less secure than a dedicated server, both can be configured to the same exacting security standards. At TD Web Services, for example, we can offer the same protection for both, using next-gen firewalls with advanced security features like intrusion detection, anti-malware, DDoS protection, VPN and DMZ.
On technological level there are no difference if you are in cloud or on a dedicated server. The difference lies in the policies of the company. If your business has to comply with regulations such as GDPR, you may require a data storage solution that, unlike the public cloud, is not multi-tenancy. The role of the dedicated server here is that its single-tenancy storage offers greater compliance with stringent regulations.
We can develop and implement a security policy that meets both your policy and regulatory requirements. We can provide services that include intrusion detection and prevention, application firewall configuration, DDoS protection, email security, data storage on a private network and more.
Dedicated servers provide organizations with other important benefits like cost-effective management along with server monitoring and maintenance of your system; geographical redundancy, off-site backup and replication services; and, importantly expert technical support, so that if you have an issue, it can be dealt with straight away.
For companies on the path of digital transformation, dedicated servers have an important role to play. Dedicated servers offer solutions for running resource-heavy applications and provide a secure, single tenancy storage environment for sensitive data. Our dedicated server packages ensure that you have access to the best hardware and the most advanced tools while being able to take advantage of server management solutions, backup and replication services, and around the clock support.
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