Virtual Servers

Profitability Best Practices for Virtual Servers

Virtual servers are intended for web sites that have outgrown the restrictions of shared web hosting. Because they offer a significant amount of resources and flexible controls of a dedicated server, they have become very popular among clients that want to completely remove a need for an on-premise server. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Virtual servers are tuned for web hosting applications, not for high I/O demands (hard disk writes).
  • Many "shared desktop" virtualization platforms for Windows XP or Windows 7 are illegal and violate Microsoft EULA.
  • It is not possible to have more than two remote desktop sessions (and one console connection) on a Windows Server.
  • We cannot install Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server, Active Directory or Hyper-V roles in a virtual server environment. We also cannot install a Vmware ESXi in a virtual server.

While some of our partners are tempted to do the above, we have heard from partners that clients demanded a Virtual Solution due to it's pricing advantages but ended up blaming their IT provider when performance was not satisfactory. While the pricing may be appealing for terminal services, SQL servers and line of business applications, we recommend using a dedicated server solution that is designed for this use.