A virtual server is a server that shares hardware and software resources with other operating systems. In the past, you might have had a separate physical server for each different function. Virtualisation allows you to take a single physical server and slice it into several virtual servers, each employed for a different function.
Each virtual server can run its own operating system and application software. The flexibility of a virtual server means it’s easy for it to be located offsite, e.g. in the ‘Cloud, but can also be an onsite device.
4 benefits of a virtual server
1. Cost reduction
By condensing several physical servers into one virtual server and reducing the number of physical servers required, you will immediately save on physical hardware, power consumption and maintenance costs.
2. Increased uptime
Virtual servers provide a more efficient means of backup, minimising downtime and aiding business continuity in the event of a disaster recovery situation. Less downtime improves efficiency and profitability.
3. Faster server deployment
Virtual servers can be standardised and easily replicated, which allows you to deploy them faster and improve IT efficiency.
4. Improved utilisation
Typically, with a traditional server set-up, you might only be utilising around 15% of each server’s total capacity. Instead of using four servers at 15% capacity you could have one server running at 60% capacity. This better utilisation of space increases productivity and brings cost savings.
The benefits you can achieve by switching to a virtual server make virtualisation an attractive option to businesses. However, it is important to understand how you use your IT systems and what your needs are first.
Often, a good time to switch to a virtual server is when your server hardware or software needs updating, or your IT needs are changing to keep pace with your business requirements.
If you’d like to explore switching your business to a virtual server, please give us a call on 01392 207194 for some advice. We can help you assess whether virtualisation is the best solution and advise you on the options.