Go For Virtual Web Servers For Mid Sized Hosting Needs
If you are a very small or even a mid-sized company that needs to get some sort of web hosting service, but either cannot afford to spend a great deal of money or just simply do not have that money to spend on a whole lot of equipment, then you are probably going to be able to get the best service possible by using one or many Virtual Servers to meet your web hosting needs without breaking the bank or shredding your budget in the process.
You are probably wondering what the differences are and how you can tell the difference between a virtual server and an actual physical server. To be very honest, there is not that much difference in the quality of the service that you will be getting with a Virtual Private Server, also called a VPS in Internet industry lingo. The main difference is that you will actually be sharing the main hardware that is the physical server with others as the main physical server is divided up into many different Virtual Servers. This is pretty much what you end up doing when you partition your main hard drive in your computer to many separate sub-sections or sub-hard drives, so that you can store much more data on the partitioned hard drive than you originally could on the un-partitioned hard drive.
The idea here is that you will be able to have your very own server and full access to all of its functions, without having to buy and maintain the necessary equipment yourself. The physical servers are what really cost all of the money to keep their programming updated and make sure that they are properly maintained, so that they will keep working to the best capacity possible. By having and only using a virtual server you are effectively cutting out that expense and still getting the quality of service that you need to keep you businessís web presence up-front and as fresh, as you possibly can.
Another really good advantage that you have by using a Virtual Server or VPS is that you have full control over the access to the root commands and protocols of that particular server and can make all of the administrative changes that you feel are necessary to your web sites and the network of sites that you are responsible for maintaining and updating regularly. These virtual servers are the best possible way to keep your expenses down, while not compromising on the level of web access and services that you have access to.
The virtual servers are only a small part of the main server, but do not interact with the main physical server at all, once the main server has been started, or booted, up and goes through its start-up routine. The thing that actually starts each virtual server, is a small program from which each virtual server gets itís start-up instructions and running commands.
There are two different types of virtual servers that are currently in use today: hardware and software. The two types operate very differently and are subject to very different rules as far as what can and cannot be changed in the program and who has the authority to make those changes. The hardware-based virtual server protocol usually is a great deal more secure than those that are software-based, as there are only certain things that can be changed about the start-up routine and the program itself. The software-based virtual server is a bit more flexible yet less secure, due to the fact that computer viruses can get to it and hackers too easily.