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.
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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.
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.
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.