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Setting up virtual servers

12:48 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm migrating to new hardware in the next few weeks and am wondering if it's worth my while to have seperate virtual servers for a few applications?

There's three basic things on my server:
1) My stuff, low load
2) a friend's stuff, low load but he runs FTP and I hate having that running on my server.
3) another friend's stuff, fairly high load - actually his site is driving the hardware upgrade.

Right now they're all on one box, one server. Would it make sense to set up 2 or three virtual servers on the new machine and partition that way? Or is that just a waste of overhead and more work?
2:10 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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From a purely cost point of view virtual servers are going to be a lot less pricey than running a machine per user. I only have very minimal experience with virtual servers under Linux, but I can see a lot of potential uses for it. Your situation sounds like a perfect reason to deploy virtual servers.

The neat thing I like about virtual servers is the hardware split. For example one virtual server only has its percentage of CPU usage, so even if a CPU intensive application is running on account 1 it will not effect the performance of other accounts (main exception being bandwidth)

There will be a little bit of work involved in getting the setup running as required, but you could set it up to scale through time. More users,more applications etc.