Do you prefer a bare metal server, or a virtualized one?

WisTex's picture

Traditionally, when you ordered a dedicated server, the operating system was installed directly onto the machine, similar to how a desktop machine would be have Windows or Linux installed.

Now, many we hosts are selling "smart servers" that have a visualization layer added. You still get 100% of the server's power and resources, but Linux or Windows is installed in a virtual machine instead of as the main OS. This has some benefits, such as being able to clone instances, keep snapshots of the virtual server as backups, and is generally easier to move to a new physical machine when the time comes.

Do you prefer a bare metal server, or a visualized one?

Tejan Ausland's picture

Bare Metal

I prefer a bare metal server with the OS installed directly on the web server. A virtual layer adds another thing that could go wrong.

Tejan Ausland
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Redd's picture

The nice thing about a

The nice thing about a virtual sever is that you can easily restore an image of the server or move it to another physical server.

Chris_A's picture

I prefer having a virtual

I prefer having a virtual layer. Makes maintaining the server much easier then a bare metal one, in my opinion. Sure, issues can pop up, but those can be fixed fast.