With PACI, SMB customers can access computing resources that can be turned on and off instantly in response to changing needs. In contrast, with dedicated servers, it can take days — or even weeks — before it’s delivered and set up. PACI is also easier to manage: it features an intuitive panel that any IT professional can use as opposed to requiring a knowledgeable server administrator.
Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure (PACI) is also a more cost-effective choice than dedicated servers because customers only pay for what they use. With dedicated servers, customers have to buy enough resources to handle their peak usage — and the rest of the time, utilization may average only 5 to 10%. PACI is also easier to manage, allowing SMB customers to easily perform migrations and backups as well as deploy firewalls and load balancing.
Finally, PACI is a more environmentally friendly choice. As a virtualization technology, it makes more efficient use of server hardware, enabling Service Providers to deliver higher workloads with fewer servers. Since even underutilized servers use significant amounts of energy for power and cooling, a virtualization technology like PACI can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
|Feature||Dedicated Server||Cloud Infrastructure|
|Scalability||New servers required to handle increased workloads (takes weeks)||Can scale up or down instantly as workload changes|
|Availability||Load balancing is complex; have to build custom solution||Load balancing available with the click of a button|
|Ease of use||Complex server administration, requiring a knowledgeable server administrator||Simple to manage via an intuitive panel—any IT professional can do it|
|Cost||Underutilized cost (mostly runs at 5-10% of capacity)||Pay for usage|
|Operational Efficiency||IT staff spend a lot of time performing administrative tasks||Easily perform migrations, updates|
|Greenness||High energy usage even under low loads||Minimal environmental impact|