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  • Busy site needs server expansion: another dedicated server or cloud / hybrid hosting?

    I run a busy & large site and am currently using a high end dedicated server. 600k unique visitors per month. 6k concurrent users. My site is steadily expanding with a 10-15% traffic increase per month.
    I will need to add a 2nd high end server soon. Alternatively I could add cloud hosting / VPS.

    The control of having my own box is appealing to me. Could you please explain what advantages cloud / VPS has over adding another dedicated server?

    I have read that there's a slower response time to access a website hosted on cloud versus dedicated server. Is this correct?
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    Clouds usually have overhead added due to various virtualization technologies used, not to mention that the whole infrastructure is pretty much a shared environment (disk I/O, bandwidth, CPU) and you're likely to only have RAM being fully dedicated. I'd probably add another server if I were you.
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      When you say you have a high end server what is the spec? With that sort of traffic I would possibly look at one beast for a DB server and a box or two (load balanced) to server the web requests. Make sure the DB machine has lots of RAM and you may see performance gains.

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