Both virtual private servers and cloud computing have become high-profile buzzwords in the last few years, but during their initial burst of hype they made little penetration into the mainstream market. This was partially due to the fact that many small and medium-sized companies did not see an immediate benefit or cost savings from the early adoption of the technology.
As virtual servers have increased in popularity, lowered in price and have become more effective at providing both security and a platform in which multiple OS and applications can be run, a larger number of businesses are finding that VPS options are right for their business needs. In addition to limiting the physical space needed for servers, companies are also finding that virtual servers are able to provide better overall performance.
New predictions in the industry indicate that nearly half of all workloads on servers will be virtualized by 2012. In this the technology has well and truly become mainstream. While in some cases a virtualized server will not be the best option for a company – whether because of size, needs, or the level of its applications – the technology as a whole has become a far more adept and useful way to manage server needs.
Fortune 500 companies are now reporting more use of virtualized environments. Industry leader VMware has seen a significant spike in their services in the small and medium-sized business crowd, leading to a consistent trend showing that virtual servers are not only here to ,but that they have finally become the viable, cost-effective solution living up to their hype.