Unless you’re a computer geek like the ones some companies brag about in their tech support department, you’re probably not going to know what a virtual server is or why you should care.
But the money saving advantages of a VPS (Virtual Private Server) on KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) can add up in a hurry.
These days almost everyone knows what a server is. It’s the lonely machine sitting off in a corner somewhere that does all the heavy lifting on your network. It connects you to the internet and protects you from it too. It stores your data and runs your network-wide software applications for your company or organization.
And it’s expensive.
For a standard server, you’re looking at around €1800 or about £1500 ($2000 USD). If you want multiple CPUs, gigabytes of RAM and RAID storage, the price is going to climb through the roof. You know you need a server for your business but isn’t there a cheaper way?
A virtual machine or server is an abstraction. It’s a set of software tools that mimic the functions of an actual, physical server; running programs, providing services, and storing data. They do this by using a sub-section of a larger, more powerful machine as if it was an independent machine.
The virtual server doesn’t know it’s a virtual abstraction as opposed to a physical machine, and it runs and operates as if it’s a real, actual stand-alone machine.
Kernel-based Virtual Machines are an extension and improvement on the original VPS and can be had for less than $30/month. Even better, for a little extra, you don’t even have to worry about any of the normal management tasks that come along with running a server.
Protection From Cyber Attacks
DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) is a method of cyber attack that floods and overwhelms a server with fake requests. It’s a way to overload the machine so it can’t process legitimate requests from normal users. It’s a very popular attack method and one you need to protect yourself against.
Companies can use several methods to detect and minimize those kinds of attacks, and one of the most effective is through the use of virtual servers. They incorporate state-of-the-art protection to prevent DDoS attacks from turning your nimble, lightning fast server into a brick.
Benefits of Virtual Servers
Beyond the ability to protect your server from DDoS attacks, there are other benefits to using a virtual server. Some of them are:
● Reduced Cost
Virtual servers are significantly cheaper than physical ones.
● Eliminate Downtime
When the hardware goes down, that’s your server. A virtual server doesn’t suffer that weakness because it can be shunted from one larger machine to another so quickly you’ll never notice anything happening.
● Better IT Productivity
Your IT staff can focus on business requests instead of spending all their time keeping the server running.
● Disaster Recovery
A virtual server doesn’t suffer from the limitations that can turn a hardware malfunction into a hard crash. Your data and applications are protected regardless of what happens.
● Simplified Management
You have full control of your virtual server but you’re not required to be involved in all the day-to-day, moment-by-moment details of managing it unless you want to. You have the option to manage it yourself or turn it over to someone else so you can focus on running your business instead of sweating about the server.
A Virtual Network
A virtual server gives you the illusion of running an actual network of wires and computers. The software running on that virtual network doesn’t know the difference between the two so it operates as if everything was normal.
Your desktop or laptop stations will submit their requests to the server, completely unaware it’s not in the building or even the same continent. The necessity for a physical location is removed but it still leaves everything running as it was all in the same room.
Run a Business or a Network
Given the complexities of running a business in today’s ever-changing environment, you need every advantage you can get as well as freedom from every possible distraction. Running a server and its attendant network is a necessity, but today its one you can “farm out” to a virtual server, leaving you free to concentrate on your business, your products, and your customers.