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9 Reasons Why Cloud Services Trumped Private Servers

Whether it's scalability (economic or technological), better use of machine learning, or customizability, if you haven't joined the cloud, it might be time to examine why.

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Needless to say, private servers have lived out their expectancy period, and their biggest nemesis has been cloud-based structures. While most companies have already made the shift to cloud servers, some traditional firms are still attempting to leverage the most out of their private servers.

On further scrutiny, we can segregate the companies using private servers into two categories. The first set of companies is actually planning to extract the most out of a private setup regardless the existence of comparatively newer, cloud-based structures. The second set of firms are the more realistic ones and often have primary cloud servers alongside the nearly obsolete private servers. That said, we need to understand that only 5 percent of existing firms are still reliant on private servers, and the remaining 95 percent have already shifted to the cloud.

In this post, we will be talking about nine pointers, or rather reasons, which were instrumental in killing the popularity of private servers. The underlining tech industry is making giant strides, and cloud-based servers have certainly survived the acid test, unlike private servers, which were rendered redundant long ago.

So, let’s get the discussion started.

Understand the ‘Economies of Scale’

This concept needs to be grasped completely in order to gauge some of the downsides of private servers. ‘Economies of Scale’ is a financial aspect that targets the gray areas associated with private servers — the reason being higher cumulative costs while making the purchases. Unlike cloud servers, where companies buy thousands of platforms at the same time, private servers need to be purchased physically — skyrocketing the additional costs at all times.

Cloud-based services are rendered by AWS or similar firms, which in turn make humongous purchases for maintaining the clientele. Private servers, on the other hand, are usually purchased in binary numbers — resulting in higher costs for a backdated technology.

Overall Performance

This criterion is also cost-specific, and the cloud trumps private servers quite comprehensively. Switching over to the cloud is quite seamless and, unlike private structures, which require maintenance and management, cloud servers can even be handled remotely. Apart from that, the total cost is quite nominal — depending upon the company hosting the same for a specific business.

The cloud uses efficient hardware and thrives on innovation without going overboard with the budget.


As a rule of thumb, people consider private servers as more customizable as compared to the cloud. However, this is more of a myth, as the newest set of cloud-based hosting plans come with a wide array of setups and customizable options. Businesses might still consider a private server courtesy the physical proximity but being on cloud offers a host of specialized plans for businesses.

The likes of Microsoft, Google, and even Amazon’s AWS comes with low- and high-cost solutions. Based on setups, one can select between disk drives for rendering data slowly and solid state drives for instantaneous solutions. Other configurations are also available and will be shortly discussed.


There are two types of scaling — vertical and horizontal. If sanity prevails, businesses can easily infer that physical servers are usually hard to scale, in either direction. Be it adding multiple layers of hardware to the existing server, i.e. vertical scaling, or adding a different server altogether, i.e. horizontal scaling, physical servers have limited capabilities. There is always an upper limit for redesigning networking elements using the scalable components of a physical server.

Cloud servers are extremely scalable as the packages can be modified according to requirements. Hosting plans are synonymous to overall scalability of the cloud servers. Unlike a private server that needs to monitored for physical restrictions, the cloud can easily offer a host of options within a few clicks.


Owning a physical server can come with its share of headaches. However, working over the cloud allows companies to express themselves in a much better way. Server responsibilities are bestowed upon the cloud hosting company which then manages every single requirement with precision.

Be it maintaining the server speed or fixing occasional bugs, the cloud-service provider can readily do the job for a company.

Machine Learning

Cloud services are certainly innovative as compared to the private server. One such feature that separates the former from physical servers include Machine learning. This aspect makes processing an intensive affair as encountered by the likes of Azure, Google Cloud and even AWS.

On private servers, it is comparatively harder to implement machine learning as a technology as the physical hardware components do not usually support this innovation. Cloud-services come with specialized ecosystem with hardware support for machine learning.

As an example, many governmental organizations, across the globe are fast shifting towards cloud-services with machine learning at the helm. Be it rendering nationwide identity forms or pairing up certain nationality proofs like Aadhar cards with bank accounts, cloud-based servers are being opted for over physical servers. Machine learning has a big hand when it comes to influencing decisions in favor of cloud services.


Private servers need to be supervised by a host of technical experts — a condition which most startups cannot afford. However, cloud services offer customized hosting plans, depending upon the company rendering the preferred set of services.

That said, higher levels of technological expertise can be encountered over the cloud-servers— urging companies to make the big shift.


Shifting from one physical server to another can be difficult when it comes to maintaining business continuity. Be it shifting the entire entrepreneurial architecture to local or even global arenas, cloud-services are usually preferred over the physically oriented private servers.

Cloud-servers work remotely and need not be dependent on the demographic allocations, offering better business continuity.

Here Is the Present — Not the Future

It is important to be realistic in the long run. Cloud services are certainly the new fads in 2017 but within the next few years we might encounter something more revolutionary. However, for the current price point, cloud servers offer the best set of features with a huge edge over the private, physical servers.

At the present, cloud services are the tools which small businesses have been using extensively. With AWS in the lead, it is just the matter of time that other service providers start catching up with the bandwagon.

Bottom Line

Private servers have been rendered obsolete by the Cloud and we must not be ashamed of accepting the same. However, there are certain companies who might still be using the physical hardware with restrictive scaling capabilities. If sense prevails, they must quickly switch over to the cloud, and if they aren’t finding sufficient reasons for the same, checking out this post and the nine points would be advisable.

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