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Virtual vs Physical Server pros and cons

Here you will find out:

  • what a physical server is and what a virtual server is
  • benefits and disadvantages of physical and virtual servers
  • how DiskInternals software can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

Using a physical server or a virtual server

Your organization's infrastructure can use a physical server or a virtual server. But which server should you choose? Of course, it is imperative that the selected server handle your workload robustly without even minimal interruption. After all, even a couple of minutes of downtime can cost you a lot. Thus, first you need to study all the subtleties of each of the servers, determine the main advantages and disadvantages of a physical server and a virtual server, and only then make the appropriate conclusion. So let's get down to exploring the differences between a virtual server and a physical server!

What is a physical server and what is a virtual server?

A physical server ("bare server") is used by only one user, and all its components, services, and resources are intended only for the owner of the server. A physical server includes the following components:

  • memory
  • processor
  • network connection
  • hard disk
  • operating system (OS) to run services

A virtual server is designed to emulate a real physical computer. A virtual server is used so that several virtual machines run on the same physical hardware and all the computing resources of the physical computer are shared with all the virtual machines running on it. Naturally, such a process requires a complex virtual server architecture. For example, a hypervisor (such as VMware vSphere) is installed on top of the physical hardware and is used to create and manage virtual machines. Virtual servers save on hardware costs by allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on shared physical hardware.

Physical Servers

Physical servers, often known as dedicated servers, are computers that store and retrieve data. These computers have a specialized operating system that allows them to distribute resources according to the requests of client machines. They're housed in a server room or another colocation facility (data center) run by a third-party provider. Physical servers are often owned, managed, and serviced on a regular basis by professional IT teams at businesses. The file server, print server, applications server, and email server are all instances of physical servers.

Pros of Physical Servers

Throughout the year, IT teams have access to a dedicated server resource. This can be beneficial for organizations with high demand or mission-critical operations.

Physical servers can be located anywhere, whether on-site or at a colocation center.

They may be fully customized and set to meet the demands and needs of the organization.

Cons of Physical Servers

Physical servers have relatively significant acquisition, maintenance, and replacement expenses in the event of hardware failure.

The internal IT staff is responsible for continuous server setup, configuration, and maintenance.

In the event of a problem with configuration or repairs, IT support may be necessary.

It may be difficult to extend storage to meet requirements without changing hardware once a server's maximum workload has been achieved.

These servers, like all other physical devices, need physical or colocation space.

Virtual Servers

Virtual servers, also known as virtual private servers (VPS) or virtual machines, are intended to emulate the functions of dedicated servers. Virtual servers are set up on a single server and may simply replace dedicated servers when several servers are required. Virtualisation is the process of putting several "virtual servers" on real hardware. Virtualization allows actual server resources to be shared among various workloads, resulting in optimal performance and cost savings. Virtualization of servers is most commonly utilized in cloud-based systems or on servers that are owned, managed, and located off-site. Hiring a hosting company that provides safe cloud services is one of the most typical ways for businesses to transition to virtualization.

Pros of Virtual Servers

Because there is no need to acquire hardware, the upfront expenditures are lower than with dedicated servers.

Configuration and maintenance expenditures over time may also be reduced.

Setup, configuration, maintenance, and software licenses may all be handled by experts.

Virtual servers eliminate the requirement for an internal IT department.

They boost the efficiency of their task by consolidating it.

Cons of Virtual Servers

Virtual servers have greater recurring monthly expenditures than real servers, which have a larger upfront cost.

There may be application compatibility concerns that necessitate the aid of skilled providers.

Upgrading the agreement plan in tiny increments may not be achievable, since it is dependent on the rules and service level agreements (SLAs) offered by specific vendors.

You no longer have complete control over your physical server and the programs that run on it.

If you need to recover information from VMFS-formatted drives

DiskInternals VMFS Recovery is an application that helps you recover hopelessly lost files from VMFS-formatted drives, as well as snapshots from damaged or failed virtual disks. This program automatically checks the status of VMware datastores and VMFS volumes, then reads VMFS structures where possible. All found and recovered data can be previewed for free using the Preview option. If you are not confident in your abilities or want to play it safe, simply use the Recovery Wizard and follow its instructions until the end of the process.

Detailed instructions for DiskInternals VMFS Recovery are below:

  • Install the application, open it and connect via SSH.
  • Then left-click to open the disk and activate the scanning process (full or fast).
  • Select the required VMDK files and mount them for free viewing later.
  • You will need a DiskInternals VMFS Recovery license on the company's website to export data. Buy it and you will be provided with a unique license key and full access to the recovered files.

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