Let's draw a comparison between the two on the parameters that affects the performance of the application running directly on these devices.

-Scalability : Cloud offers vertical scaling. This refers to the scalability of key computing resources, disc space, memory, etc. This happens instantaneously and just requires a reboot alone. Horizontal scaling is possible too. It refers to multiple instances of the same configuration cloud instance that is available to handle large customer base in various locations. In dedicated hosting, the hardware specs are predefined. Horizontal scaling requires installation, migration of data, etc.

-Compliance and Industry Standards : In cloud server, compliance requirements are based on isolation of data and archiving it. It shares a common storage pool and computational resource pool. This is a point of concern however it can be mitigated using Hybrid Solutions. In dedicated server, hardware and software are fully dedicated, hence meeting the highest compliance standards.

-Performance :If given the same hardware and other resources, cloud servers will show a lag in performance due to I/O specially sites with higher database usage. In dedicated server, higher database usage sites and hardware intensive applications will perform better.

-Availability : Due to very nature of resource pool cloud scores better than dedicated server. In dedicated server a single node failure will be disastrous.

-Cost :In cloud, flexible billing as per requirement, scaling up and down option makes it a stable and cheap option. In dedicate sever, hardware cost is more, billing is uniform irrespective of the usage. Scaling up and down is quite costly.

-Restoration/ Replication : To create a snapshot or restore from a backup takes less time in shared server. In dedicated server, OS and other software need to be re-installed and restored.

Keeping in mind these differences between the two services, one should choose wisely as per the requirement of your business.