A computing infrastructure tends more and more toward a virtualized framework, many companies are considering making the switch from their physical servers to VPS environment. In many cases, they have been sold on promises of lowered costs, better access times and the ability to run multiple instances of applications independently and yet still from one server. As well, companies have heard about virtual server options as a bridge to the mythical world of “cloud computing”, one that is always on the verge of materializing but never seems to quite coalesce. While it is true that a large number of business both big and small can benefit from the use of virtualized servers, there are many problems that can arise as well. For that reason, experts often recommend a “trial run” in a controlled lab environment in order to assess any potential issues.
Companies considering a trial run should first consider hiring a professional. While in-house IT may know their servers better than anyone from an outside company, an IT department that has experience only in the physical server world will not be able to account for the same type of issues that a provider of virtualized machines will. A VPS expert can help a company to create a backup of all of their files, data and applications and then demo its use on a controlled virtual server. This will allow a company to not only discover just how their data will function on a VPS but to seek out and address any problems that may occur.
In addition, a virtual server trial will give a company the chance to address security concerns and determine a viable virtual security strategy to protect their data once a move is officially made.