Comparison of Riptide Hosting’s Windows VMs and Dedicated Hardware Servers

Windows Server Virtual Servers VMs:

  • Lower cost entry point when you have fewer users and fewer resource needs
  • Very flexible because cpu/ram/disk space can be added in minutes – so start smaller/less expensive and expand as needed
  • Able to bundle Riptide’s Microsoft Licensing via SPLA on both VMs or Dedicated for Windows, RDS, Office & SQL
  • Limitation on our VMs: Cannot use your own MS licensing, free SQL Express is ok.  Can only use Office & SQL Standard licensing through Riptide.
  • Full image backup included where we can restore a full VM in minutes
  • Includes 1 Public/Static IP address
  • Cannot use your own hardware firewall/vpn device (which you can colocate with a dedicated server)
  • Generally limited to 300 GB disk space is which plenty for most but not all clients

Windows Dedicated Hardware Servers:

  • Great for handling much higher levels of users, cpu, ram and disk space
  • Comes with much higher amounts of CPU, disk space and RAM
  • Includes 3 Public/Static IP addresses
  • Dedicated server is the only option to use your own Microsoft licensing for SQL Server Standard or Office due to Microsoft Licensing Terms
  • Not as flexible because we have to swap out hardware pieces to increase ram, cpu, disk space
  • More expensive entry-point
  • Able to use Riptide’s Microsoft Licensing via SPLA on both VMs or Dedicated for Windows, RDS, Office & SQL
  • If applicable, having a dedicated server is the only option for a client to co-locate a hardware firewall/VPN device in front of the server
  • We have an optional full image backup offering (starting at $150/mo) (which is more expensive than on VMs)
  • Dell Idrac Enterprise offering out-of-band console access (uses one of the three IP addresses)