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Which is best for your business? Virtual and Onsite servers compared

In an increasingly competitive economy, businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs whilst improving service, and must constantly evaluate current practices for cost-effectiveness. Many small businesses may be unknowingly held back by their physical onsite servers which can cost thousands to run and maintain.

Onsite servers are the traditional way of storing data within a business, and have the benefit of full customisability, low latency and high performance but come with a number of drawbacks. Small businesses must hire an IT technician at least part time, to handle the maintenance, repair and upgrades needed to keep an onsite server running efficiently. This can be a very expensive and arduous process, especially when things go wrong. An initial setup cost running into the thousands must also be invested to purchase and install the server, and to house the server itself in a secure, temperature controlled room.

Virtual servers eliminate many of these problems. When you rent a virtual server from Sleepless, we take care of all maintenance and server housing, leaving you with the peace of mind that your data is safe. There is no startup cost, no need to hire IT technicians and no need for expert knowledge on the part of the business. Our expert team look after your servers even when you’ve left the office.

The technology world is constantly evolving and virtual servers can help businesses evolve with it. We are constantly upgrading our servers to keep on the razor’s edge of modern tech, without costing our customers anything in upgrade fees. This means that you can rest assured that your business is running on the best technology available, allowing for optimum performance and efficiency.

Many modern companies not only strive for internal efficiency but also strive to be environmentally conscious. A study carried out by Globescan has revealed that nearly two thirds of consumers believe they “have a responsibility to purchase products that are good for the environment and society”[1]. Virtual servers have the added benefit of being the greenest server method available, allowing for less power consumption and greater efficiency in CPU utilisation[2].

Finally, according to a 2013 study, those who used the cloud for their servers were “106% more likely to see a revenue rise in the past year than those who don’t”[3]. This study also reports that those who use cloud computing are more likely to increase prices and margins and products, increase marketing spend, increase employee pay and boost staff numbers. Without cloud computing and virtual servers, these companies would likely not be able to afford such expenditure.

If you have any questions regarding virtual servers, feel free to contact us using the button below.

 

Works Cited
[1] Globescan. “Globescan.” 27 November 2012. Globescan.

[2] AITP – Research and Strategy Advisory Group. “Virtualization and Its Benefits.” 14 October 2008. ymcdn.com.

[3] MYOB. 2013 MYOB Business Monitor: Cloud & web-savvy SMEs continue to enjoy better business . 2013.

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TechTuesday – Changing a VM Password via vCloud Director

Changing a VM Password via vCloud Director

TechTuesday

Changing a password on a VM via vCloud Director

So you have deployed a windows VM via vCloud Director and you just realized you have no idea of the password. Do not worry all is not lost.

The 1st thing you will need to do is too login to vCloud Director and shut down your machine.

Next right click on your machine and click on properties

vCloud

 

You will need to go to Guest OS customization

Guest OS Customisation

Go to the password Reset section and tick the box “Allow local administrator password” and also tick “Auto generate password. Below this you will need to tick the box “Require administrator to change password on first login.

VM Password Reset

This will allow a password to get generated on 1st boot and once you login you will be able to set it too anything you want.

Once you have powered on the machine again navigate to the properties of your Virtual Machine in vCloud director and you will be able to see the password which was generated.

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TechTuesday – TIP #1 Windows Virtual Servers

TechTuesday Windows VPS

TechTuesday

Tech Tip #1

Windows Virtual Servers

If you’re in the market for a Virtual Server we recommend you read this week’s Tech TIP regarding the minimum, and Sleepless recommend, system requirements needed to run Windows Server 2008 & 2012.

 

A VPS running Windows Server 2008 SP1 will require at least:

  • 1 GHZ CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 10GB Disk

Sleepless would recommend:

2 GHZ CPU, 4GB RAM and at least 40GB of disk storage.

 

Windows 2012 R2 VPS requires:

  • 1 GHZ CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Disk

Sleepless would recommend:

2 GHZ CPU, 4GB RAM and at least 60GB of disk storage.

 

Windows 2012 R2 August Update VPS

  • 2 GHZ CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB Disk

Sleepless would recommend:

4 GHZ CPU, 6GB RAM and at least 60GB of disk storage.

 

If you have any questions in relation to Virtual Servers and what’s best for your business please contact us.