When it comes to choosing a server for hosting an application or a website, a website development company gives the customers the choice to choose from different server options – i.e., cloud servers or dedicated/shared servers.
Unless you know for sure the kind of usage you would have, it could be difficult to make a choice on a guess estimate.
Here is an analysis of these server options and what they entail:
Shared Servers: These are hosting plans with a limited space and bandwidth of a physical server that is shared by many customers. Since these plans have a restriction on the space and bandwidth, a sudden surge in traffic can cause the site or application to underperform (crash or become slow) or go offline. These plans are good for small business websites that would get low to moderate traffic at all times. Ofcourse with the shared hosting space there are various higher plans as well which could be upgraded to if a trend indicates a need to upgrade.
These hosting plans are most economical because a physical server is shared by many customers at one given time.
Dedicated Servers: These are hosting plans of only one server per customer. Again the space and bandwidth is restricted but comparatively much more than a shared hosting as you get much more space and each server is dedicated per customer.
Cloud Servers: This is an expandable hosting plan on a server that is Virtual (not located at the clients or hosting providers premises). The clients get as much space and bandwidth they need and they pay only for usage. Cloud could be loosely compared to clustered hosting the only difference being that the cloud has a more vast network that runs from different data centers at one time. So it is more cost effective, reliable and smart way of hosting applications and websites.