Hostway adds virtual server farms

UK web hosting provider Hostway announced on Tuesday it has launched its dedicated virtualised server range, which benefits companies that could not previously afford virtualisation by using a hosted solution.

The new offering also expands Hostway's existing dedicated server range by increasing the reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness of customer hosting arrangements, says Hostway.

"The licenses for ESX server can cost thousands of pounds alone, add to that the costs of implementing the technology and training staff to manage it and you could find that the cost of adopting virtualisation cannot be justified by the benefits it brings," says David Foxley, enterprise technology manager of Hostway UK.

"Using our new hosted virtualised servers, companies can benefit from virtualisation without having to train and certify IT staff, or make large upfront investments."

Hostway customers can now establish a new website, database or application servers in about 30 minutes, instead of the several days required to build and configure a standard dedicated server.

This helps companies to quickly scale up their infrastructure as needed, as well as provides them with a "pay-per-resource" approach.

Hostway's virtualized dedicated servers are stronger than standard dedicated servers because resources can be carried over to a "pool" including several different physical servers, says Hostway, meaning that companies no longer have to depend on the performance of a single server box. This ensures business continuity in the event of one physical server failing.

In January, Hostway partnered with public relations software developer Vocus to launch press release distribution service, AffinityWir.

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