As server virtualization becomes a more popular option for small and medium-sized businesses, a number of issues have arisen around its use. While on paper, VPS technology can be an excellent way to consolidate services and create viable backup solutions, experience has not always seen this.
A recent white paper by Gartner indicates that this is in large part due to the immaturity of the VPS environment as a whole, leading businesses to undertake the modification of their own VPS options in order to maximize their effectiveness and profitability. This in turn has brought to light a number of larger issues with VPS hosting and reliability, as well as the current limitations of the technology as it stands. Gartner’s white paper argues for a number of storage considerations that must be taken into account by any business seeking to move their data or operating system from a physical to a virtual environment.
It has been said that the cloud is the inevitable evolution of the VPS platform, but at this time virtual private servers cannot be said to have achieved the pinnacle of either use or efficiency. In many cases, the storage solutions used by VPS hosting companies lack a certain amount of security, and many companies use them in way that causes virtual server clutter in the same way as physical server clutter was once rampant.
VPS providers are constantly improving service levels and delivery models in order to address concerns from companies, but small and medium-sized companies especially face a challenge during what might be termed the “teenage years” of VPS growth. As the industry grows, so too will options to keep data secure and ensure reliable backups exist, but companies must ensure that they choose their provider wisely.