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A Virtual Server allows you to get the advantages of having your own dedicated server at a fraction of the cost.

Virtual Servers are partitions of a full server that act as a separate machine. Safeport Virtual Servers are created using FreeBSD jails. Each virtual server runs its own programs, has its own user accounts, and own root user account. A virtual server is an independent system that can only be accessed through the Internet.

Reasons to Use a Virtual Server

Uses for a Virtual Server

  • Running a customized mail server
  • Running a backup mail server. If your mail is not online, the virtual server will collect the mail and send it to the main mail server as soon as it is available.
  • Providing online data backup
  • Running applications designed to run on a dedicated server, such as PHP based applications.
  • Running an application that requires an SSL certificate. A virtual server is the most cost effective way of getting a fixed IP address, which is required to have an SSL certificate.

Advantages of a Virtual Server

  • Safeport can handle upgrades and application installations for you.
  • You have 24-hour access to your virtual server.
  • A remote console is available to access your virtual server.
  • It is more secure than the shared hosting environment
  • It is more cost effective than a full physical server
  • It is more robust than the shared hosting environment, better suited to tasks that require more performance.

Virtual Server FAQ

What is a virtual server?

A virtual server is created by dividing up one physical server into many different partitions. Each of these partitions acts like a separate server. Each virtual server shares the memory and processor of the physical machine. Each one has it's own independent instance of the operating system and any installed software but they all share the same kernel.

If there are other virtual servers on the same machine, how secure is my data?

Data on a virtual server cannot be accessed from other virtual servers on the same physical machine.

What happens if another virtual server on the same physical machine as mine crashes?

If any one virtual server, or a program running on it, crashes, it does not have any effect on other virtual servers on the machine.

Is it possible for one virtual server to take resources away from the others?

No. Each virtual server gets a share of the physical server's resources, and no server can take all the resources away from the others.

Are there any things that you can do on physical server that you cannot do on a virtual server?

Even as the root user on the virtual server, you cannot modify the kernel or hardware settings. Also, you cannot completely halt your virtual server's operating system, you can only restart the processes.


6 GB Virtual Server 8 GB Virtual Server
10 GB Virtual Server
Monthly $50 / month
$35 setup fee
$100 / month
$35 setup fee
$175 / month
$35 setup fee
Quarterly $47.50 / month
($142.50 / quarter)
$95 / month
($285 / quarter)
$166.25 / month
($498.75 / quarter)
Semi-annually $45 / month
($270 / 6 months)
$90 / month
($540 / 6 months)
$157.50 / month
($945.00 / 6 months)
Yearly $42.50 / month
($510 / year)
$85 / month
($1020 / year)
$148.75 / month
($1785 / year)

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