What Makes Up A Virtual Server?

11/17/2014 • by Josh Topolski

Virtual servers allow computers to refrain from dedicating themselves to one group of specific software. They enable the users to have access to low-cost web hosting and the ability to utilize multiple servers from one computer.  So long as one server doesn’t hog the computer’s resources, multiple websites can function as if they had their own dedicated servers.

Virtual servers, though seemingly complex, are highly useful to businesses that are trying to maintain multiple sites/applications, while monitoring expenditures. When considering the utilization of a virtual server it is probably beneficial to understand the components therein. Thusly, we’ll explain them further…

Virtual Server Components:

There are five main components that enable a virtual server to provide the end user with all the support necessary. These include:

  • Windows 2008/2012 Datacenter license – The Datacenter edition allows licensed hosts unlimited Windows Server installations. CALs (client access licenses) are required on both the R2 and standard 2012 editions.
  • Windows 2008/2012 Client Access License (CAL) - CALs provide legal access to Windows Server software installed on a server. These licenses are necessary for individuals and devices.
  • Exchange Client Access License (CAL) – Microsoft Exchange Server is specifically designed for small to medium sized businesses. Its goal is to provide an infrastructure for collaboration and messaging. Its main customers have at least 250 desktops functioning within their corporation.
  • Unidesk License- Offers complete user customization and what they call a “stupid easy” platform. They specialize in layering applications and are thereby equipped to speed up business productivity. In addition, they boast a unique storage ability that won’t break the bank.
  • Antivirus– Cloud and virtual computing has opened up businesses to new hacking and security concerns. Therefore, it is essential that antivirus protection be put into play when utilizing a virtual server. Thus, new agentless antivirus environments have been created to protect all avenues of malware entrance, physical, virtual and cloud based.

The Benefits of Virtual Servers

First and foremost, in the mind of any business owner, is cost. That is certainly a benefit of utilizing a virtual server. They are hugely cost effective when comparing the dedicated server options. Dedicated servers require multiple computers with extensive and expensive software, just to run each individual website. Virtual servers can run multiple sites/applications off one computer, and the number of virtual desktops can be adjusted up or down according to your business needs! This is not to mention the fact that they offer 24/7, 365 day support with backup and recovery readily available!

In addition, virtual servers support a plethora of collaborative activities, enabling employees to access information quickly because they have built in search and indexing capabilities. In fact, many of them offer profitable workflow tools that include e-commerce and instant messaging applications. It is clear that virtual servers are the way to go when looking for a cost effective desktop management and website hosting tool.

Virtual servers provide you with licenses necessary for access to important software. They can create infrastructures to sustain inner-office communication, without creating excess storage space needs. And, they can offer malware/hacking protection to ensure your client and business safety. These components make virtual servers beneficial to most business ventures and certainly worthy of further investigation for businesses.

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