If you’ve been getting a lot of Server Error messages, and your system is operating like a pushbike going uphill on a rocky mountain road, you probably need to reconfigure your servers. Virtual private servers (VPS) are commercially available “virtual machines” which are actually partitioned versions of physical servers and can be operated separately.

These servers are designed to operate economically and improve system efficiency across a range of server tasks. That’s a very useful, and most importantly scalable, series of functions, meaning that a good, one-stop administrative server system is in place.

For businesses, particularly smaller businesses, this is the good working option which reduces outlays on physical servers, and handles the tasks efficiently. Scalability means that the servers can be upgraded to meet increasing needs, and also come with backup services, to ensure data isn’t lost.

The flexibility of the virtual private servers is that they can be adapted as dedicated servers for any purpose. They can operate as file servers, database servers, email servers, etc, and be tailored to the needs of the user.

Virtual private servers in practice

A VPS system can be particularly useful for home businesses or small businesses that don’t want a large system, particularly online businesses which are dealing with high volumes of information traffic.

If you’re a business which is running large amounts of information through your computers, you really do need a VPS system. VPS systems may sound complicated, but in practice they greatly simplify information sharing and management within the system. The dedicated servers operate as separate “handlers” of information types, which is infinitely more efficient than having a single server trying to handle everything.

A typical case in point is an online store, which may have to process multiple requests on a 24/7 basis. If you’ve ever wondered why some sites take forever to load, overstrained servers (usually outdated, too) are the usual suspects. A VPS will rationalize the management of data and create efficient streams, which greatly improves site performance for customers.

The VPS will both organize data management into more easily managed segments and put an end to the “what now?” factor, server errors and complaints/visitor dropouts from guests. VPS systems provide much better performance they’re independent, and can allocate resources to guests far more efficiently than a single server. With modern VPS systems RAM performance and disk space is greatly improved, providing a streamlined performance.

Assessing your VPS needs and options

It’s actually quite easy to set up a VPS system; the real issue is what you need.

Best practice is to talk to a VPS system hosting consultant to assess your issues. Your consultant will analyze your problems and suggest configurations of a VPS to manage the issues.

The good news- VPS are quite cheap, and you can get a system with a lot of grunt for a good price. Virtual private servers come in a range of “sizes”, with varying storage sizes and data transfer calculated on a monthly basis. A good VPS deal is under $100 a month, and when you bear in mind the cost of lost time and business, this sort of price actually makes money.

Guest Post By: Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including Virtual private servers and dedicated servers.