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August 10
14:19 2010

FUEL PRICES PUT DATA CENTER WASTE IN FOREFRONT.

So you are now paying more at the pump. You are considering a fuel efficient car, public transit, walking, and maybe even working from home. Have you considered you can also help reduce power consumption and help the environment by choosing a Virtual Environment?

BUT I NEED A DEDICATED SERVER.

Not really, your web site can run just as well if not better in a virtualized environment. The assumption is you need more processing power, more storage, more bandwidth than you really need. Web Hosts are partially to blame. In the shared price wars, companies are over selling their services. If everyone took full advantage of all of those services provided, the Web hosts would go BROKE. They are gambling on the fact that you will not ever come close to the promised resources. And the reality is, you DON’T.

I can assure you, if just 20% of their customers fully used the promised resources, the Web Hosts would quickly change the plan offerings and put a halt to overselling.

ENTER VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY.

For those of you who don’t know, Virtualization allows a single computer to run multiple operating systems at the same time, with little loss of performance (if any).

Mac users are very familiar with VMWare Fusion or Parallels. Both allow you to run Windows or Linux or Ubuntu or any OS they choose – all from their desktop.

Besides more efficient use of power and hardware, what are the benefits of a Virtualized Hosting environment?

VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENTS WORK BETTER THAN A DEDICATED SERVER.

Don’t believe me? Then why are IBM, Sun, HP, and all major corporations quickly virtualizing servers? The reasons are simple:

x Reduced Cost
x Performance Matching
x Reduction in Power Consumption
x Quick Platform Migration
x More Servers per Rack Unit
x Superior Automation tools such as Reboot /  Reloads / Repair

It’s pretty clear of the advantage virtualization brings to the table.  Cost per Rack Unit has to be the single greatest factor.

MORE PROFIT PER RACK UNIT FOR WEB HOSTS AND MAJOR CORPORATIONS

Let’s assume If a hosting provider can fit 30 dedicated servers in a rack for $300/mo profit for each for a total of $3000/mo. In a rack next to the dedicateds, you fill it with 30 dedicated servers. However, these servers are virtualized with Virtuozzo (just an example guys). Let’s assume you can fit 50 virtual environments in to each dedicated. You then have 1500 VPS customers on 30 servers. Let’s also assume these customers are paying you $29.95/mo for a grand total of $44,925. That leaves us a difference of $41,925. We’ve successfully fit 1500 customers in to the space that 30 customers used. And oh yeah, we also are using the same power consumption.

EVERYONE IS HAPPY AND WORLD PEACE IS ACHIEVED.

All we’ve done here is fully utilize the hardware. We’ve also reduced waste, increased power efficiency, and also made the customer happy.

Virtuozzo has automated reboot, reloads, and repair tools built right in. You can SSH in to most VPS accounts.

I encourage all readers to check out the following hosts who do a great job in virtualization:


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