serversLearn about the different advantages between choosing physical and virtual servers. Which one is right for your businesses?

More businesses are embracing the world of virtual technology because of the many benefits associated with virtualization: lower IT costs, greener data centers, increased flexibility along with all the other advantages. Some companies, however, still believe that maintaining a physical infrastructure still has its place in IT. The choice between physical or virtual servers can depend on what your resources are as a business and what your goals are with your company. Understanding the differences in a physical or virtual infrastructure can help you to make a more informed choice for your business.


One of the biggest reasons that people are looking to go virtual is because of the cost savings involved. If you are planning on deploying new servers then virtualization is much cheaper than buying individual hardware. A virtual infrastructure means saving money on hardware, power, energy and management of equipment. You will still have to pay the cost of software and licensing but the overall cost savings makes it a better choice if you have financial concerns about deploying new servers or replacing physical hardware.


In terms of performance, a physical server may be able to operate faster than a virtual one. If faster hardware is one of your primary concerns then a dedicated server tends to perform better simply because it is handling less of a workload than a virtual server. Physical servers however can be inefficient in their use of resources and are often only operating at 20 percent of their capacity. This is one of the reasons many people look for virtualization as a better use of resources. Physical hardware may be better in terms of performance but it is not as efficient as a virtual solution.


One of the advantages of using virtual servers is that they include features that can help you in disaster recovery. If one of your servers ends up failing the work can be quickly moved to another server. If anything should happen to your equipment, your virtual server can use backup solutions like snapshots to get you back online right away. Backup and recovery can be more difficult with a physical server and might lead you to being offline for a period of time in the event of a failure. If you are in a business that is still growing and expanding then using virtualization can offer benefits for you. Adding in new servers is much easier and faster with virtualization.If you plan on launching new products or services in the future then you can decrease the time it takes with virtual servers. Adding in physical servers can take a lot more planning and is more expensive as well. If you are a company that is always adding in new servers then using a virtual solution would be the best option for your business.

The choice between a physical or virtual infrastructure depends on what your business is looking for in terms of cost, performance, backup and IT growth. Understanding the key differences between physical and virtual in all these aspects can help you make a decision on what type of servers would work best for your company.

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