Virtualization not Cloud Computing

I came across an article about cloud computing and virtualization that was like a shot in the arm, and should be a sharp message to enterprises considering adopting cloud computing — or virtualization…but not necessarily both.

If that sounds confusing, so is the perception among many about what virtualization and cloud computing actually mean, according to the blog writer.

R Chandras

In a recent news story from Reuters, a major media outlet, virtualization and cloud computing are linked together. The story said: “International Business Machines Corp has been expanding its services business, as have other rivals like Hewlett-Packard Co and Oracle Corp. Such companies have also been stepping up investment in cloud computing, or “virtualization,” a technology that enables users to access data and software over the Internet and corporate networks.”

Yes, virtualization and cloud computing are related — but they’re entirely different concepts. There’s a word to explain virtualization, and that is: simulation. Virtualization — whether it be of memory, storage, OS services or anything else — is request fulfillment simulated to behave like real. Since the premier benefit of virtualization is to do more yet save on costs, “several make-believes can be produced from one “real,” according to the piece I read.

I like the way that was put.

But cloud computing is entirely a different animal. It’s literally computing over the Internet. Whether you’re talking about apps, databases, data feeds or anything else, they’re typically dispersed across the web and made available in the form of services. Those services can then be virtualized. I also like the notion that the cloud enables us to do more (not just with fewer resources, but more just by the very nature of the technology).

Despite the differences, one of the great things out there for companies using both virtualization and the cloud is that there are miracle services, such as 24/7 monitoring, that can help enterprises manage both. For example, Monitis’s independent cloud platform monitoring can keep you notified when your provider is falling back on your service level agreement. Perhaps your provider isn’t quite objective enough to give you accurate reports on uptime and downtime?

For companies using virtualized services, Monitis offers automation such as continual monitoring of virtualized servers.

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