You might have heard this question more than often across the technology world. Since increasing number of startups and enterprises seem eager to use cloud services instead of conventional server architecture, this trend was bound to be discussed more frequently. Is the IT industry phasing out dedicated server hosting to give way to Cloud solutions?

This might not entirely be true. A lot of firms are shifting their IT infrastructure based on conventional dedicated servers to cloud computing solutions because of the flexibility and cost savings they offer. But this is not universal and there are still specific requirements and applications which make it necessary to have dedicated servers or hardware for hosting.

Over time a lot many firms especially entry level enterprises will move on to the cloud but this does not mean dedicated servers will no longer be required. There will always be a market for dedicated servers especially for industries like banking where high disk Input/output is required and privacy of customer data remains a key concern.

In fact the best way forward seems to be the Hybrid hosting model which is basically a combination of the two. Companies can have a combination of physical and virtual hosting options which will provide high performance, flexibility as well as consistency. A sturdy dedicated server infrastructure backed by a LAN connected to virtual hosting solution which can be added or released as and when required to manage spike in traffic.

So where are we heading?

Surely a lot of small enterprises and startups will be increasingly using public cloud services which would themselves require a huge dedicated server back-end. On the other hand, bigger enterprise firms will build a private cloud of their own which is nothing but virtualizing their infrastructure for optimum performance. Physical servers will continue to remain the backbone and support the cloud whichever way enterprises end up using them i.e. private, public or hybrid.