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What is a virtual server?   A virtual server is just as it sounds: it is virtually a server! You get a fully configured web server complete with FTP services, unlimited POP email accounts, loads of disk space (expandable should you run out), dozens of pre-built cgi scripts to help you get your web site up and running as quickly as possible. In fact the only things you don't get with a virtual server that you would get buying your own equipment are the hassles and high expenses of purchasing, configuring and maintaining your own server!
Why a virtual server?   Many businesses and organizations are now realizing the headaches and extreme costs of buying their own Internet presence. Hardware, software, high-speed Internet connections, and server maintenance personnel--not to mention the cost of upgrades--all these add up to tens of thousands of dollars in a short time.

Your iPartner.net Virtual Server will allow you establish an Internet presence with a high speed connection at a fraction of the cost. Normally, to establish a presence on the Internet would require you to purchase a high speed Internet connection, costly equipment, and even a support staff. With the iPartner.net Virtual Server System you get the Internet services you want without the worries and costs of an Internet connection and your customers will not be able to tell the difference.

Without our virtual server technology you normally would have to do the following to establish a presence on the Internet for your company:

  1. Purchase a lease line or frame-relay circuit from your local common carrier (such as US WEST) from your office to an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  2. Purchase a high speed CSU/DSU (a device similar to a MODEM) for your office and maybe a second CSU/DSU for your ISP.
  3. Purchase a high speed router (a networking device used for converting the signal you get from the CSU/DSU into something your server can use) for your office and, again, maybe for your ISP.
  4. Purchase Internet bandwidth from your ISP.
  5. Purchase an Internet server computer for your office configured with a good amount of memory, disk storage and a tape backup system.
  6. Purchase and install a server operating system (such as UNIX or Windows NT) for the server above.
  7. Purchase and/or install web server software, FTP, and electronic mail software on the Internet server above.

With a virtual server from iPartner.net, you can eliminate all of these costs since our servers are pre-configured with all the software you need (of course you can add your own anytime you wish, or draw from our large library of excellent third-party software). Our servers are maintained by professionals daily. And perhaps most important for you, our servers are also connected to the Internet via redundant high-speed OC3, and DS3 lines; this means if one line goes down, we have others to fall back on, meaning your web site stays up when the competition's doesn't.

Why iPartner.net?   Simply put, we offer fast, reliable servers at the best prices around. iPartner.net is an authorized iServer reseller. iServer invented virtual servers several years ago and has since perfected them. We re-sell iServer Virtual Servers at competitive prices.

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