What Is a Virtual Server?

What Virtual Servers Can Do for Your Data Storage

What Are Virtual Servers?

A virtual server is a server that shares hardware and software resources with other operating systems (OS) in contrast to dedicated physical servers. Server virtualization is a critical component of the modern IT data center.

The Benefits of Virtual Servers

There are several inherent advantages to server virtualization, including:

  • Cost savings from partitioning a single server into multiple virtual servers
  • Reduced data center footprint

Streamlined and efficient management and deployment of business resources (e.g., virtual desktops)

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Challenges of Deploying Virtual Servers

Although efficiency gains and cost reduction realized from virtualized environments can provide significant infrastructure savings, many organizations seeking to expand their usage of virtualization encounter hardware design challenges that create complexities and increase costs.

An efficient virtualized environment blends servers, networking, storage, and backup. Any one bottleneck can drive inefficiency across other components, and those inefficiencies can be difficult to diagnose. Integrating solid-state storage, with its greater speed, reliability, and flexibility, can go a long way toward ensuring that virtualization can scale as needed, and in a cost-effective manner.

Why Choose Pure Storage to Support Your Virtual Servers?

Pure Storage® solutions are particularly well-suited to virtualized server environments. Pure products boast native NVMe performance, the power to virtualize and consolidate every workload, and the modularity to grow with your business. When combined with Evergreen™ Storage, Pure Storage solutions can provide all-flash speed, scale, and reliability for a decade or more.

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