Similar but not the same
Although virtualization and the cloud are perhaps similar in concept we at System 5 have found that some businesses talk of virtualization but mean cloud computing, and sometimes it’s the other way round. In some cases, they know exactly what they are but don’t need it based on their infrastructure. Don’t worry, you are not alone, many non-IT folk get the terms confused.
So we thought we would write a blog to set the record straight.
What is virtualization?
- Virtualization is the fundamental software that drives cloud computing. This software, in a nutshell, makes it possible to run multiple systems and applications at the same time in the same virtual space, i.e. a server.
This means that your business can use existing hardware to its ultimate capacity by combining systems on the same server. In the past your business would require individual hardware structures to run each system.
As you can imagine, virtualization software saves your business some serious IT hardware costs, and with System 5 we offer multiple serviced and un-serviced virtualization options.
Its called Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) and powered by System 5 you can now separate your servers, workstations and system software from the hardware its stored on.
How is this different to Cloud Computing?
Hold on, and try stay with us now. If virtualization is the manipulation of hardware, then cloud computing is the unleashed potential from this manipulation.
- Using the Internet and virtualization businesses now have access to real time resources, software and data.
This on-demand information is the combination of virtualization and the Internet and is called cloud computing.
Cloud computing can be separated into private, public and hybrid cloud, serviced or un-serviced cloud and traditional cloud or On Premise Cloud (OPC).
Speak to us at System 5 to determine what virtualization and cloud solutions your business needs. They are fundamental cogs in your disaster recovery plans, the business data protection plans and the well being of your company. Call us today 011 317 7120.
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