Before we get into the benefits of the virtual server as compared to those of the shared server, let’s understand the difference between these two servers. When a physical server is used to host several websites of different organizations, it is called a shared server. Now, when the physical server is divided into logical partitions, each serving as an independent server to an organization, the logical servers are referred to as a virtual server. Thus, in virtual server hosting, an organization can enjoy a defined part of a server, unlike in shared hosting where there are no clear boundaries. Now, let’s look at how virtual hosting is better than shared hosting.
Virtual server hosting allows you control. You can configure your server(s) the way you like.
You get to install the kind of applications you want. You can take multiple virtual servers and install different operating systems on them and dedicate each of them to different tasks.
With a number of virtual servers, you can host as many websites as you want without worrying about the limitations of space and bandwidth.
Virtual server hosting secures you from the threats on other websites. The fact that the virtual servers are isolated from one another makes them ideal to be used as sandboxes and honeypots.
Virtual server hosting provides features on par with dedicated hosting but at a very reasonable cost.
The virtual server is ideal for organizations that can no longer live with the limitations of shared hosting but cannot afford dedicated hosting as yet.