Virtualization is trending, but with that, so is the misconception that it is another variant of cloud computing. News flash, it is not! It is okay you don’t know about these terms, because according to an online survey a lot of people who use these services don’t know either. The problem with not knowing the technical differences and purposes of both cloud computing and Virtualization is that it holds you back from making important strategic decisions about your business. If you are loyal to cloud, do not put off Virtualization just yet, you need it too.
What is It Really
Virtualization is the software you use when you have to make different dedicated resources by first separating physical infrastructures. Virtualization is what allows you to run more than one operating system on a single server. In the long run it helps businesses cut down on IT costs, increase efficiency, and raise the utility of their hardware. The Virtual Manager or Virtual Machine Monitor is the technology that runs Virtualization.
The main reason virtualization is so different from cloud computing is because it is a software that primarily manipulates hardware, while cloud computing on the other hand is the service that you get from that very manipulation.
The real confusion occurs when you have to work with both cloud computing and virtualization and you wonder if you can use either one in the others place. The Cloud most often does have virtualization products for users.
The Good Stuff
If you are familiar to public and private clouds of cloud computing, you will understand this lot faster. Virtualization allows companies to set up “fortresses” for themselves. This has plenty of benefits:
- It cuts down on the number of systems you need, and the ones that you have give out higher value than before.
- You can use the same hardware for a bunch of different applications.
- You can manage everything that goes in your business infrastructure under your IT operation.
How to Determine If Your Business Requires Virtualization
Before you can make a decision whether you should invest in Virtualization it is important that you first go through an in depth analysis of the particular requirements and needs of your business. The things you should look into are costs, capital expenditure, security needs etc.
Businesses should make a checklist of:
- Whether the solution supports openness as your business grows and your product evolves, while your requirements also change.
- Is it’s a sure tried and tested service.
- Does the provider also give you a public roadmap, from which you understand that Virtualization will be good for your business.
Virtualization and cloud computing are not the end game of business strategy. Things may change and your may be forced to reconsider your decisions and requirements.