One of the main advantages that a virtualized platform, virtual private server, or cloud hosted website provides over the use of physical servers is an increase in storage space. For a company, this increase takes two separate forms – the physical and the virtual.
At a local, physical level, the movement of operating systems, data, and all other software to a Hyper-V VPS option means that things like server rooms, which can require massive amounts of power, cooling, and maintenance, are no longer necessary. This frees up physical space for a company to make better use of, and to lower its overall cost.
From a virtual perspective, space is saved as well, as a VPS itself is simply data. It must be stored in a location, but this can be anywhere from a DAS locally attached disk to SAN or NAS array for more advanced virtual server needs. While companies moving to the virtualization platform would be wise to initially consider a DAS option, both SAN and NAS offer a greater range of scalability to meet consumer needs.
Not only are SAN and NAS VPS options scalable in terms of size, but they also allow shared access in order to increase redundancy and lower the possibility of outages or loss.
In addition to considerations of storage, a company must also concern itself with both replication and mobility. In order to be secure, data needs to be replicated and a company must choose if they wish their Hyper-V VPS data to be replicated synchronously or asynchronously for maximum benefit.
Mobility is also a concern as more businesses transition to the cloud from VPS models, and the ability to efficiently move data can assist in both limiting resources and increasing overall cloud hosting functionality.