In this age of computers and networks, everyone wants a chunk of the big wide internet. Everyone wants to get their networks and their websites online. Perhaps it is only a personal website. Or perhaps it is for an entire business. Either way, the only way to have this happen is through web hosting, and this is done by using servers. However, when everyone wants a chunk of a limited number of servers, and don’t want to pay exorbitant costs, what do they resort to? They could try another company, but they will likely have the same difficulties there as well. Or, they could try using server virtualization.
Sounds too complicated, right? Well, that’s a great thing about virtualization. You don’t have to take care of it at all! The server company takes care of it for you, and usually in the way of a VPS. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, and is a special kind of server that can give you most of the benefits of a dedicated server, with a similar cost of a publicly shared server. This is done by vitalizing the server, or making the network think that there are more than one by dividing the memory and resources of the available servers.
It’s like this: having a dedicated server is like having a big, 5 bedroom house, all to you. You have access to everything without a problem; there is no one and nothing to get in your way. This is great freedom right? But then you see the cost and Blanche! It is certainly expensive. Now you can get the exact same thing by renting an apartment. You have the private bathroom. Everything is still yours and you can personalize however you like. It’s just smaller. This is exactly how virtualizing servers works.…
Another great benefit to virtualizing servers comes through a program-based configuration called a vmware machine. This is when you can create a virtual copy of the system hardware configurations and transfer them from one machine to the next. This is infinitely helpful when you need to create a disaster recovery plan, or simply to program your routers and servers when you’re first setting up. Having a vmware machine is a great way to always have a copy of what you’re running in case everything falls apart and you need to get your network up and running quickly and smoothly.
Virtualizing servers has led to a lot more happy and satisfied clients, combining utility with economy, and giving the public a way to keep their servers personalized and unique while still not costing exorbitant amounts. Of course there are drawbacks to having a virtual private server or to having VMware. However, the benefits far outweigh the problems involved, and if this solution does not work for a particular person or situation, there are always a lot of other options that can be taken advantage of. But for the other 90% of the world, having virtual servers is exactly what we need.