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What's the difference between virtual data center and virtual server?

What's the difference between virtual data center and virtual server?

A virtual server is a separate virtual machine with a preinstalled operating system (we provide Ubuntu/Centos, Windows 2008/2012) and 1 IP. These servers are not connected to each other through local network.

A virtual data center is a pool of cloud resources (vCPU, RAM, disk space, and one or more IPs). From these resources you can create a virtual machine with the required configuration from a template with a pre-installed OS or install OS from your own ISO-image. You can also work with numerous network settings (local  networks, NAT, Firewall, load balancer), to organize virtual machines into clusters (vApp) according to their intended purpose (web server, database). The virtual data center is managed in the Personal Account and VMware vCloud Director panel.

The following chart will help you understand the features of these two services:

Features Linux/Windows virtual server Virtual data-center
Web console access to virtual machine
SSH, RDP access
Expand disk space without changing tariff
Install your own operating system  
Create your own virtual machine templates  
Import/export virtual machine templates, ISO-images  
Create local network  
Load Balancer  
Order additional IPs  
Increase Internet speed up to 1 GB/s  


Which one will fit me better?

Choose a virtual Windows or Linux server if:

  • You have a small project (promo-site, sandbox) that does not require a complex IT infrastructure.
  • You have previously worked only with a virtual server or virtual hosting.
  • You do not have much experience in OS and network administration. For example, you do not want to deal with NAT rules (in a virtual data center you will have to configure them to obtain RDP/SSH access).

Choose a virtual data center, if:

  • You have a complex project (online store, billing system), which requires a system of virtual machines on the same local network, load balancer configuration, Firewall and other network services.
  • A standard virtual server is no longer enough for you, and you need to create fully customized virtual machines with operating system you want.
  • You have an advanced level of knowledge in administering OS and networks, and may be you have experience with VMware products.