How to Downscale Hardware and Expenses with a Virtual Server

03 Oct 2019

Thanks to constantly improving connectivity speeds and rapidly evolving cloud technology, the need for hardware on business premises is being phased out. Server rooms, for instance, are being rendered impractical by cloud-based virtual alternatives, which essentially offer the same computing capabilities, but come with several other benefits to boot. These include a reduction in energy expenses, increased uptime and availability, and improved disaster recovery to name a few.

So how exactly can virtual infrastructure enhance your business? And how difficult is it to make the jump from your legacy systems to this cutting-edge server solution? Let’s take a look.

Virtual server hosting, simplified

As the name implies, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting environment utilises special server software to translate a physical dedicated server into multiple virtual servers that operate with the cloud provider’s underlying hardware, and perform as unique physical devices in their own right. In this way, a virtualised environment allows resources from the same underlying hardware to be allocated to multiple VPS instances in terms of their independent operation.

By enabling the running of multiple operating systems and applications, virtualisation takes full advantage of a server’s processing power and capabilities. And with increased infrastructure efficiency and simplicity comes faster deployment of servers and applications, and increased overall productivity. Not to mention a massive reduction in an IT department’s hardware costs in the long run.

The far-reaching business benefits of VPS

Organisations of all sizes can reap the rewards of adopting a virtualisation strategy. When a single physical environment is leveraged for the hosting of multiple virtual servers, power and hardware capacity is used more effectively, saving the business money spent on expensive equipment and energy costs. Additionally, customers of cloud providers benefit from their provider’seconomies of scale leverage, resulting in further cost savings. Speaking of minimising costs, time is another commodity saved with the shift from physical servers to virtual ones. Unlike with the procurement and deployment of new physical servers, virtual machines can be spun up within minutes – so no lengthy installation process is required. With less hardware to manage and maintain, this frees up more time for staff to focus on other valuable tasks, optimising productivity in the process.

Cloud service providers are making revolutionary waves in the IT management space

Perhaps the most appealing advantage of a VPS is a more secure environment for business functionality due to the use of advanced technologies, such as perimeter firewalls, by cloud providers for an added layer of protection. However, businesses are still encouraged to consider disaster recovery in terms of their hosting requirements. SEACOM offers a backup product, which helps navigate a swift, safe and full system recovery [] – offering your business invaluable peace of mind.

Making the switch

If you’re sitting on the fence regarding a server migration for your organisation, consider the massive difference a VPS will make if you urgently require more processing power, more memory, or more storage, all of which can be delivered to your virtual machine within a matter of minutes. Businesses hosting their own physical infrastructure will need to replace or upgrade hardware anywayas legacy hardware reaches its end of life or capacity limitations hinder business growth. The switch may be daunting, but it is reassuring to know that applications and programs run the same on modernvirtual servers as they do on traditional servers, meaning that incompatibility and hardware issues can vanish from your list of worries.

With capabilities unrestrained by the physical limitations of legacy hardware, cloud service providers are making revolutionary waves in the IT management space. These solutions are geared for saving on business expenses and, overall, they bring positive transformations to any organisation in the form of higher productivity levels, economical energy use, improved disaster management solutions and quicker deployment options.

Faster connectivity today means it’s easier than ever to justify downscaling on-premise hardware in favour of contemporary cloud services. If you’re looking to get rid of the physical hardware you currently manage and maintain, look no further than SEACOM’s Virtual Server Hosting solution. []