What are virtual servers?

In this article, you will learn about virtual servers and their security.

We will cover the following:

  1. What are virtual servers?
  2. Why does Surfshark use virtual servers?
  3. Are virtual servers secure?
  4. What are the disadvantages of virtual servers?

What are virtual servers?

A virtual server is a partitioned space inside a physical server that re-creates the functionality of a dedicated server. It allows multiple users to share its processing power and makes it easy to reallocate resources and adapt to dynamic workloads.

Virtualizing servers helps save on physical hardware costs and uses less energy, resulting in cost savings and environmental benefits.


Why does Surfshark use virtual servers?

The reason Surfshark uses virtual servers is to get better connection speeds and cover even more locations. By using virtual server locations, we deliver better speeds to our customers and many more options for connecting.

All these physical servers connect you to a virtual location, meaning that while, for example, you connect to a German virtual location, the physical server might be in France.

Are virtual servers secure?

All our servers are physical, and they meet our strict no-logs criteria. Every server gets a fresh Linux installation, our standard configuration, and goes through various tests before launching it to the public.


What are the disadvantages of virtual servers?

The main drawback could be the response time because the virtual location is not the closest one to your location, but it appears to be.

The second one is its online database information. When a new virtual location appears, every database is informed about it. It takes some time to display the location online where we want it to be, so in the meantime, you could get some websites loading, for example, in a different language than that of your current location.


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