I am very happy to report that we’ve recently launched our first production virtual server. The server was converted from a standalone dedicated server using VMware vCenter Converter, which is software that takes an exact image of a server and creates a virtual copy on the host server.
Virtual Server technology has been around for some time. We had previously setup a virtual server a couple of years ago, but decided to scrap the project because the ratio between the number of virtual servers and the cost of the host system was off. It was actually cheaper to use hardware based servers. Now, the ratio is there because of mutli-core CPU’s and enhanced virtual technologies.
This is a big step in the right direction. It will pave the way for us to consolidate our servers and reduce our power and rack space consumption. This is key if we are to remain competitive. In some ways we were disadvantaged because we have been in business so long. Newer startups, using virtual technology, have options that we never had. Virtually speaking, it might be possible to reproduce our core web hosting services on a handful of servers instead of 10x that many.
We hope to be able to offer customer-facing solutions using virtual technology within the next 3 months.