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  1. #1

    Native App on Cloud Servers

    Hi all,

    Is it a good idea to have a native app run on cloud servers or would it perform better on a dedicated server?

    Please let me know your opinions and explanations.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Native app for what device? But generally, given all hardware specs equal, performance will always be better on a dedicated box because hardware is installed locally. You only use cloud if you need relatively easier redundancy and scalability.

  3. #3
    Could you please explain it to me more? & A native app for iPhones, coded on Xcode 5, I was wondering which would have better load time, a server with CDN or a cloud server with CDN? Thanks

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Dedicated with CDN will be superior in performance if you're comparing exactly the same specs (e.g., both cloud and dedi have 1 CPU, 1GB RAM, 10GB SSD).

    The only benefit you get from cloud (i.e., true cloud platform like OnApp) is easier redundancy and scalability.

    You can also get redundancy and scalability with dedicated boxes but the setup/costs will be higher.

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    So for lower costs, it would be better to start off with a dedicated box with CDN? Cause I'm not liking the cloud setups at low ram, because if I get a dedicated, it will be ready for a sudden spike of users say first week 100-300 concurrent users everyday, then the next week it gets higher, I want the server to be able to handle high traffic, do you think a setup with a bunch of low cloud nodes say 4 cloud servers at 1GB ram a piece with 10GB of space, and 1 cloud server specifically for mysql would be able to handle 1000 concurrent daily users who upload and share photos and videos? or would a 2 cheap dedicated servers with high ram be doing better? I'm really new to this, cause I don't want my developers to release the app and the server setups for the beginning isn't ready, we have a huge fan base for anticipation of the app release say 5000 fans, so when the app comes out, they will for sure use it ASAP.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    If you're not really familiar with server setups, I think you're better off using PaaS providers like Heroku, AppFog, Pagoda Box, etc. They are designed for app developers who don't want to meddle with server administration. They are scalable and you don't have to worry much about technicalities.

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    I have people that can manage it for me, I just want to know if anyone knows which would be faster, multiple cheap dedicated servers with high ram and cdn or more cloud nodes with high ram and cdn.

  8. #8
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    Mar 2003
    If you have people to manage it then multiple dedicated will give better performance.

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    Sorry for so many questions, two cheap dedicated servers with 8gb ram a piece and CDN would be better right? Which would reach like $260-$300 a month with 2 servers loud balanced with 8GB ram, and then CDN file storage for the files like 1TB.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    As far as hardware specs go, no one can tell exactly what you need until there are actual users (or you can do some load testing before launch) but having at least two load balanced servers is a good start. You can just scale as you see fit.
    Last edited by mbr; 01-06-2014 at 09:12 AM.

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