The latest trend in IT is to purchase a larger server and split it into multiple virtual servers. Not only is this more cost effective, but it also adds greater flexibility. Below are some pros and cons I have discovered while setting up Solidworks Enterprise PDM with virtual servers:
– Can divide applications across multiple servers (DB server, Web server, Application server, File server)
– Can give access to users that normally wouldn't get server access. ex. PDM administrator (quite a few companies have an Engineer in this role)
– Easy to make a test server (can clone the production server and if it's on same physical computer the hardware will be the same as well)
– Can reboot a virtual computer and not affect all of the applications. ex Web application not working just reboot the web server.
– Hardware failure will affect multiple virtual servers
– Increased Operating system cost. Each virtual server needs it's own operating system
– More back-up procedures. Each server will need to be backed up.
So while there are cons to running a virtual server, most companies feel the pros outweigh the cons.
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