There was a time when virtual meant ‘not real’, but today everything virtual has developed an identity of its own. Virtualization makes sense in a lot of areas. In web hosting too. An organization may not be comfortable at the prospect of acquiring a dedicated server of its own just a yet. And it may find itself dissatisfied with what the shared server has to offer. Here is where a virtualized form of hosting can help it, offering more benefits than shared hosting at a cost much less than that of dedicated hosting.
We are talking about server virtualization. It refers to the logical partitioning of servers into several logical or virtual servers. Instead of owning a server in its entirety, one can own one or more virtual servers. How does that help? Let me explain.
The virtual server, referred to as Virtual Private Server (VPS), puts you in charge of things. You are in control of the server. You can customize and configure it the way you want.
Since you are not sharing the virtual server with other websites, you can utilize the resources available in your way. You can go for more virtual servers depending on your requirements.
Virtual servers are isolated from one another, thus offering a lot of scope and security. You can use a virtual server as a sandbox, a testing environment. You can also use it as a honeypot to trap potential threats and detect them.
Virtualization of servers offers a high availability of your network applications. In fact, you can be assured of business continuity with virtual servers.