What is Virtual Machine Hosting?
Virtual machine hosting combines the cost-effectiveness of a virtual server with the flexibility of a dedicated server. Rather than using the resources of a single dedicated server, virtual machines use resources spread across multiple servers. This setup results in an environment that is an inexpensive, highly scalable, and highly available server colocation option.
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Benefits of Virtual Machine Hosting
FlexibilityCompared to the restrictions often found with shared hosting providers, virtual machine hosting allows you complete control of your hosting service. With virtual machine hosting you are able to completely customize your server’s configuration.
ValueOne of the major benefits of using virtual machine hosting is the value you get for your money. Compared to the cost of a dedicated server, the use of a virtual machine can result in savings of up to 80%. This cost savings makes virtual machine hosting an attractive option for small businesses without the disposable budget for a dedicated server. For as little as $10/month, you can have a virtual dedicated server at your disposal.
ScalabilityBecause virtual machine hosting uses resources pooled from multiple servers, Patrick Solutions is able to offer a solution that is highly scalable. Traditionally, it was not uncommon to purchase oversized dedicated servers to ensure you had room to grow for the future. Once a dedicated server reaches its resource limit, you would need to build a new server and migrate existing data to account for further growth. With virtual machine hosting server growth is done by simply allocating more resources to the server, allowing for easy, on the fly scaling of servers.
SecurityAnother important benefit of virtual machine hosting is the existence of built-in server redundancy. Hardware issues that arise with dedicated servers often result in critical downtime for your server. Because virtual machine resources are spread across multiple physical servers, downtime is almost non-existent. If one of the physical servers was to run into an issue that required servicing, any virtual machines using resources from the affected server would simply begin to pull resources from another of the physical servers in the cluster.