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Cloud & Virtualization: What does it mean?

Cloud & Virtualization: What does it mean?

The terms cloud computing and virtualization are often substituted for one another. Together, they are creating a new era where companies are granted the freedom to run their applications without having to conduct non-strategic IT functions such as patches, updates and backups. As we know, the virtualization acts as the base for cloud computing and helps deliver on the value of cloud computing. With virtualization, we can create virtual machines, scale virtual machines up/down via manual processes without service disruption.

Cloud computing
Cloud computing enables you to implement an enterprise-grade application, such as CRM, or service, like hosted Voice over IP, or off-site storage — the cost for which would typically exceed most small company budgets if it weren’t delivered using the cloud. Whether you choose an application or a service, it’s hosted on the cloud provider’s servers and your employees access it using a web browser.

Cloud computing promises several attractive benefits for businesses and end users including: easier installation of hardware and applications, access to sophisticated software and the ability to try software before purchasing it. If you’ve built your network with an eye toward supporting future industry necessities and have a high-speed, consistent connection to the Internet, cloud computing will need a very negligible technology investment.

Virtualization
Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than physical) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. With virtualization, you can buy and maintain fewer servers, and you can get more use out of the servers you already have. A virtualized server makes better use of the server’s available capacity than a non-virtualized server. In addition, you can run more applications on each virtualized server.

Virtualization can also be useful to storage hardware. Like server virtualization, storage virtualization can assist you get more out of your existing hardware. Storage virtualization pools all of your computing resources from different storage devices into a single, shared virtual storage repository that is available to everyone on the network, no matter where they’re located.

Which is the best choice for your business?
What it comes down to is operational effectiveness (Cloud Computing) or saving money and space on individual assets (Virtualization). What’s more important to you?
And do you have a progressive association and workers that are ready to adapt to using virtual technologies? If not, then Virtualization may be the initial step you require to create changing your organisation’s infrastructure to compete in the up to date business world.

If you are looking to upgrade your network and servers to be future-ready contact us today and we can create a solution based on your specific requirements and advise the most suitable technologies for you now and in the future.