What is a virtual server?
Answers to what’s a virtual server can vary, depending on the use case. Often located in an off-site data center or cloud environment, virtualizing servers involves converting one physical server into multiple virtual machines (VMs). A virtual server is configured so that multiple users can share its processing power. When comparing a physical server versus a virtual server, the virtual server is shown to be an effective way to save on physical hardware costs. It also uses comparatively less energy for additional cost savings and environmental benefits.
Learn more about how virtual servers are readily incorporated in Compute Engine, the cloud-based computing infrastructure.
Virtual server defined
A virtual server re-creates the functionality of a dedicated physical server. It exists transparently to users as a partitioned space inside a physical server. Virtualizing servers makes it easy to reallocate resources and adapt to dynamic workloads.
Converting one physical server into multiple virtual servers allows organizations to use processing power and resources more efficiently by running multiple operating systems and applications on one partitioned server.
What is a virtual server used for?
Most organizations use virtual servers to reduce server hardware expenses and lower power and energy costs. Virtual servers play a key role in building applications, tools, or environments.
Virtual dedicated servers can be readily configured to
support secure access to business-critical data and files
via the internet.
Virtual dedicated servers can be readily configured to support secure access to business-critical data and files via the internet.
Different web services can be configured with virtual
server hosting so multiple website owners can use the
server as if they had complete control of it.
Different web services can be configured with virtual server hosting so multiple website owners can use the server as if they had complete control of it.
Software development and testing
Software developers can create, run, and test new
software applications on a virtual server without taking
processing power away from other users.
Software developers can create, run, and test new software applications on a virtual server without taking processing power away from other users.
Computing infrastructure in predefined or custom machine sizes to accelerate your cloud transformation.
Custom Machine Types
A feature of Compute Engine that lets you create virtual machines with the optimal amount of CPU and memory for your workloads.
A feature of Compute Engine that allows you to encrypt your most sensitive data in the cloud while it’s being processed.
Preemptible Virtual Machines
Affordable compute instances suitable for batch jobs and fault-tolerant workloads.
Dedicated hardware for compliance, licensing, and management to simplify deployment for bring-your-own- license (BYOL) applications.
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SAP on Google Cloud
Maintain business continuity with advanced reliability and performance. Drive agility with VM-based infrastructure and machine learning innovations.
Microsoft and Windows on Google Cloud
Self-manage or leverage managed services. Use license-included images or bring your own. Modernize with enterprise-class support backed by Microsoft.
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