Virtual server migration rules

Virtual server migration rules

Author: HostZealot Team
2 min.

In today's reality, companies have to invest a lot of money in the maintenance of their own server infrastructure. To arrange and maintain a physical server, you need to allocate a separate room, equip it with ventilation, air conditioning, to make sure that everything meets the standards of fire safety and security. In the end, you must contain a staff of specialists who will monitor the proper work of the server equipment and to carry out routine maintenance. For the company director it is a headache, so more and more often business prefers to move the server to a virtual machine.

Operation like Physical-to-Virtual or P2V, implies a complete transfer of the contents of a physical server to a virtual machine. The purpose of it is:

  1. Increase system resiliency by migrating to faster, more modern and reliable hardware in advanced Tier 2-3 or higher data centers.
  2. Provide deployment flexibility - data can be easily migrated, backed up or duplicated anywhere in the world when needed.
  3. Reduce associated costs. Once the server is migrated to a virtual machine, there is no need for the company to monitor the physical state of servers, they do not need to be maintained and periodically upgraded. All this being done by the hoster. It also greatly simplifies the scaling, which is extremely useful for companies that are growing rapidly.
  4. The ability to reserve more capacity at any time.
  5. Increased information security.

When a physical server is being fully migrated to a virtual environment, all the costs associated with hosting and maintaining the hardware are eliminated. It is possible to access such a server at any time from anywhere in the world, and it is convenient.

Why should you move your server to a virtual machine

Switching to a VPS provides such benefits:

  • 24/7 technical support and maintenance;
  • redundant communication channels with the outside world;
  • regular backups increase system fault tolerance;
  • an opportunity to install any suitable OS on the virtual server: Ubuntu, Windows Server, Linux, etc;
  • the ability to remotely monitor the state of the server equipment in real time.

After all, after moving to a VPS, the company eliminates the need to keep track of the physical state of the hardware.

How the migration from a server to a virtual machine works

The first thing a company must determine is the optimal configuration of a virtual server. Processor power, amount of RAM, storage space - all this is determined individually for the needs of the client and its business. The process of transferring the server may take several hours, it all depends on the amount of data you need to transfer to the virtual machine. To upload the client ISO’s, the provider provides space on a temporary server that has a high-speed connection to the network, which reduces the time spent.

And remember: the longer you put off migrating your server to a virtual machine, the more data you will have accumulated during this time, making the migration procedure more complicated and time-consuming. If you are ready to take this step now, contact HostZealot, our experts will provide more information on all matters.

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