Virtually Adopting the Cloud

Virtualization technology is mainstream for many organisations these days. Not only does it streamline management of IT resources, it also makes more efficient use of existing and new IT infrastructure, improves reliability and availability whilst reducing administration and improving deployment times. Many hosting providers are now offering virtual servers as they adopt this technology to gain the benefits I mention above. As a result they are often able to pass on cost savings to their customers.

Followers of my blogs will recognise that in previous posts I have highlighted some of the above benefits as advantages to be gained from adopting Cloud Computing too. This should come as no surprise as virtualization is one of the basic building blocks upon which Cloud Computing is built. Wether a public, private or hybrid cloud, independent of vendor, all make use of virtualization.

In many ways, Cloud Computing can be considered as an extension of virtualization technology, building functionality around and on top to simplify the provision and management of IT, and so much more. On a recent teach of the Learning Tree Cloud Computing course, an attendee suggested their organisation had adopted Cloud Computing because they were using virtualization technology (VMWare in this case). Just using virtualization technology on its own is not cloud Computing. By the end of the course the attendee could see the clear distinction yet close relationship between these technologies. The misunderstanding is very easy to make, and that’s why the Learning Tree course not only examines Cloud Computing and the products from many vendors in detail , it also explains the underlying technologies such as virtualization and Web services so attendees can really place these technologies into the context of Cloud Computing

Chris

What You Need To Know About Implementing Virtualization in the Workplace

Virtualization in IT departments has been attributed to gains in efficiency, increased effectiveness, cost savings, and potency in reducing server and desktop “sprawl”.  This White Paper provides an introduction, as well as details on configurations, benefits and how to select a virtualization platform based on your needs. Chapters include Virtualization on the Desktop, Virtualization in the Server Room, Environmental, Management and Service Benefits and the Impact on End Users.  Download your copy today!

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