What is a virtual server? I can’t even see it, but it always seems to need some work done to keep things running. Why do I need to maintain virtual servers?
What is a virtual server?
A virtual server is a server that shares hardware with other like systems and is generally hosted by a third-party resource. Virtual servers are a great way to expand your operations with no equipment costs. However, virtual servers do require the same level of maintenance and attention as a regular server in your office.
Virtual servers and computers are not a new concept, but are a rising trend for businesses today. Virtualization also allows small and mid-sized companies to take advantage of enterprise security solutions from the third-party vendor hosting their environment. In many ways, this makes your server more secure because it is isolated within a structure of many servers. However, each virtual server is its own separate server.
Updates and maintenance are a must.
Virtual or not, updates and maintenance are essential to keep your company information safe and retrievable should a problem arise. Virtual servers, much like individual computers, require the same security updates, patches and maintenance. Don’t be surprised if your IT provider charges a small fee to maintain your virtual servers. It is possible for virtual servers and computers to be attacked by hackers, just like the physical computers in your office.
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