How to Choose the Right Server for Your Database


Databases are at the heart of most modern web applications, mobile applications, and services. Whether it's for hosting a traditional SQL database like MySQL or SQL Server, or a NoSQL database like MongoDB, the server will determine its reliability, availability, and performance. In this article, we'll explore the factors to keep in mind when choosing a database hosting server and examine three types of servers -- VPS, cloud, and dedicated -- and their suitability for hosting databases of all types and sizes.

What factors affect database performance?    

Your choice of server hardware can have a significant impact on the performance and scalability of your database and its applications.

1.1 Storage

Server storage affects database performance in two main ways: query speed and the amount of data that can be stored. When choosing storage media, it is important to balance the needs and the cost. To do this, you need to know how to use a database. At DBM, all of our VPS servers come with pure SSD drives, which is a good way to improve the database read and write speed.

1.2 The processor

The speed of each core and the number of cores in one server can affect database performance. You can choose the server according to the performance characteristics you need, if the database can leverage multiple cores, the number of users that will access the database concurrently, and the type of queries the database will execute.

1.3 Memory

Memory has a significant impact on database server performance. Even the fastest SSDs are slower than RAM, which means that if the database can read the data needed for a query into memory, it can run as fast as possible without swapping and paging.
A common rule of thumb is to choose enough RAM to ensure that you can keep your database's index in RAM.

1.4 Network

The network that feeds your web and application servers matters a lot to database performance. DBM offers a 99.9% network uptime guarantee and up to 200Mbps connection speeds, which is enough for common uses of databases even with multiple concurrent users.

Three Types of Database Hosting

At DBM, we provide three types of database hosting for you, each with different performance and features.                                                                                                                       

1.1 Database Hosting on VPS Server

VPS is a virtual private server. The maximum configuration of the VPS server is 6 cores / 16GB RAM. They are suitable for smaller databases where IO requirements are less intensive. VPS servers cannot auto-scale, so they may not be the best choice for databases that are expected to grow rapidly.

1.2 Database Hosting on Cloud Server

Cloud database hosting in DBM is a fully managed choice for startups. With the option, clients can scale resources up to 12 Cores / 32GB RAM at one click. Cloud databases also provide good reliability and security. If you want your database to grow quickly or have different utilization patterns, cloud servers are the best choice.

1.3 Database Hosting on Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is an entire server with industry-level performance and security. It has the best performance characteristics of all the server types. You have full access to all settings and can completely customize the server to suit your database's needs. Dedicated servers are favored by database administrators and are a good choice for big databases.

Comparison of Different Database Hosting Solutions 

Features VPS hosting Cloud hosting Dedicated Server
Processor 2-6 Cores 2-12 Cores 4-8 Cores
Memory 4-16GB 4-32GB 16-256GB
Storage 60-240GB SSD 60-240GB SSD Over 480GB SSD
Network 50Mbps-200Mbps Unmetered Bandwidth 100Mbps
Server Sharing Model Private Server Dedicated Cloud Server Dedicated Server
Database Setup × ×
Available Databases All Specific All
Scalability √ (Manual) ×
Backup ×
Fully Managed × ×
Other Software Installation ×
Pricing From 4.99/m From 4.99/m From 45/m


In addition to the above points, consider your budget and technical capabilities when choosing a server for your database. Those with a low budget and lack database management experience can choose cloud servers. Those with a small budget but prefer more autonomy over the servers can use a VPS server. For enterprises seeking higher performance and hosting large databases, we recommend that you choose a dedicated server.



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