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Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions about Virtual Machine hosting
What is a Virtual Machine?
A Virtual Machine, often referred to as a VM or VPS is like a physical computer in that it provides you with a CPU, memory, disks and an Internet connection. Rather than it is being a whole server it is an isolated logical computer running in software on a physical server.
Why use a Virtual Machine?
Virtual Machines remove the need for you to manage the physical elements of a 'bare metal' server, so no upfront hardware setup or expenses. For smaller 'workloads' (servers) in particular it provides a cost-effective way of using an Internet connected server. They provide scalability option, so you can start small and then go big!
Who can use a Virtual Machine?
Using a Virtual Machine does require basic knowledge of server administration including management of the Operating System. It is not highly complex but nor is it for a novice.
Does a Virtual Machine include a website and email?
No but you can use a Virtual Machine to host multiple websites and email. A Virtual Machine does not include a hosting control panel such as DirectAdmin, so if you intend to host a website you will need to be familiar with server administration.
Are there any restrictions on VM usage?
Virtual Machines use is governed by English law and the iridis terms and conditions. A strict anti-spam policy ensures any services used to send unsolicited email will be terminated without notice to protect our services and reputation. Crypto-currency mining is prohibited.
What is a self-managed Virtual Machine?
Self Managed virtual machines mean you are responsible for all aspects of the management from the operating system up including install and maintaining security updates, maintaining a backup strategy and configuring software installed within the Virtual Machine.
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