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Benefits of Virtual Hosting Services

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  • Shorter deployment time for new servers:
    • No procurement of hardware
    • Resources virtual server pool are allocated
    • Multiple servers created from same image
    • Reduced staffing time required to deploy a new service
    • Server deployment time shortened to less than a day.
  • Scalability and Flexibility:
    • Virtual resources can be quickly added to increase the capacity
    • You buy only what you need
    • Adding vCPUs and RAM is as simple as a reboot
    • Additional disk space can frequently be added on the fly
    • Move data from a slow storage tier to a faster one without disruption to services
    • Reduced need to over-build a server “just to be safe”, saving money and power.
  • Simplifies Development and Testing Environments:
    • Virtualization reduces the costs of running separate development, staging and production environments
    • Development servers may be created from production images with no downtime
    • Quickly modify, test and deploy images into production, speeding up the development cycle
    • Decommission development and staging environments when no longer needed, further reducing costs.
  • It's Green - Save on Power, Space, and Cooling:
    • Virtual server units dramatically reduce the physical space, power, and cooling compared to their physical counterparts
    • Reduced consumption of power and cooling and saves money too.
  • No physical server upgrades and maintenance:
    • No scheduled downtime to perform hardware upgrades, replace failing components or replace aging hardware
    • Seamlessly migrate to a different server , perform preventative maintenance and even completely refresh the hardware.
  • Hardware Fault Tolerance:
    • Virtual infrastructure is built with fault tolerant components (redundant power supplies, storage and network connections), in the event a host should fail, virtual servers are automatically migrated and restarted using spare capacity in the data center.
  • Simplified Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity:
    • Virtualization software can replicate virtual machines to a remote data center
    • Disaster recovery and business continuity plans are relatively standard and do not require custom engineering for each physical system and application.
  • Leverage other benefits of the data center:
    • 24x7 staffing, precision power and cooling, enhanced security and encrypted tape backups.