Add Virtualization Services To a Dedicated Server
NetSource can help you virtualize any dedicated server you lease from us. Virtualization is a great way to maximize your budget by allowing you to run more than one independent server instance on a single dedicated machine. A large percentage of U.S. businesses are using virtualization to help them expand their online presence while keeping overall costs down. We can install the required number of virtual servers on your dedicated server and help you manage these servers long term.
How Does Virtualization Work?
- Select one or more of NetSource’s dedicated servers that meet your overall virtualization needs. Servers that will be used for virtualization usually contain larger amounts of ram, hard disk space, and CPU performance so multiple virtual servers can run.
- Next, we will install a virtualization product, such as Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, or VMware, on the physical dedicated server so it can be split into the correct number of virtual servers (VMs) your business requires.
When you virtualize a single server you are using local storage in a Raid (10,5,1) configuration. Raid allows for redundancy at the disk level. While the virtualization of a single dedicated server will help you run more server instances on a smaller budget, keep in mind that you are not technically running a true private cloud and the redundancies it provides. A private cloud requires SAN storage so the data is not stored locally and the VMs can be migrated between physical servers. Adding a SAN allows you to use the built in redundancies that Citirx Xenserver provides creating a true cloud environment.
Contact us today if you have questions regarding virtualization or creating a private cloud environment.
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How Much Does It Cost To Virtualize A Dedicated Server?
The cost depends on various factors including the specifications of the dedicated server(s), the OS version, and other variables you can add like managed services. NetSource can build and virtualize a server to meet the needs of your business and budget. Below you will see an example of a single virtualized server with 2 virtual servers to start. Please note that the number of virtual servers a physical server can run depends on many factors.
|Service||Setup Cost||Monthly Cost|
|Juniper SSG-5 Managed Dedicated Hardware Firewall||$0 setup||$69 mo.|
|Physical Server #1: 2 x Quad Core E5-2609, 24 GB Ram, 2 x 300 GB 15K HD, Raid 1||$0 setup||$389 mo.|
|Citrix Xenserver Enterprise Licenses – for 2 virtual servers ($15 each)||$0 setup||$30 mo.|
|Data Backups (daily – 2 VMs) – 250 GB – R1Soft Bare Metal Restore Backups||$0 setup||$78 mo.|