In order to keep up with the times, the modern company cannot go without minimum of informational technologies for its activities. These are a website, corporate email service, databases with public access. Usually all three problems are solved together with the aim of virtual server hosting.
In the absolute majority of cases this term means the service of renting the virtual dedicated server that is also called vds or vps. This is a well-recognized offer on the market that opens a huge range of capabilities at a comparatively low price. A virtual dedicated server can be provided separately or together with additional services: administration, software, etc.
A virtual server is an imitation of a physical server work, but it works on remote hardware. A client receives wide capabilities for settings, software installation, file management, and sometimes for working with drivers and operating system core. Virtually this means providing an owner of virtual server the same permissions as on his own computer. And he can be located in any part of the world without any effect on the speed and quality of work.
In actual fact a vps can be called an intermediate stage between the virtual hosting and a remote server. It is arranged on the hardware that is located out of the holder’s access area. It doesn’t belong to his property. The downloaded data occupies a fixed part of server’s processing capacity, and installed programs use some specific part of its resources.
As opposite to a virtual hosting, the available performance cannot be lower of specific level that is a serious advantage. It allows supporting the speedwork not lower than the required value and avoiding the problems with hardware resources that usually occur with those who prefer virtual hosting.
Currently the variants of virtual remote server hosting based on Windows and *NIX systems are available. Such range of choices helps to select the best configuration for each specific case. However, the difference now is mostly explained by client’s taste, as virtual server on any operating system allow working with popular technologies, such as SQL. It is worth mentioning that working with Windows 2008 will be not as cheap, as with an open source OS.
A virtual server is perfectly suitable for a corporate website. On the one hand it provides high stability and speedwork, and it depends only on the parameters selected by the client, not on the current loads on primary hardware. On the other hand, a vds, even in ordering the advanced service package, costs much less than renting a remote physical server.
A virtual server can be used for creating a corporative mail service that can be used as a full alternative to popular mail services or for inner communications inside the company. The renter gets much better data security due to protection from hacker’s attacks and physical theft of hardware.
One more important factor is that a dedicated server can be located in any place of the world, for instance, in Germany or in Holland. It is convenient both for the e-commerce websites or companies’ owners with international activities and for the rest of renters, as it means higher quality and service standards.