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  • Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing

    What's the difference between cloud and virtualization? Which one will be the right choice for businesses?

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    Virtualization is a fundamental technology that powers cloud computing. It is a software that separates physical infrastructures to create various dedicated resources. Virtualization software makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same server at the same time.

    The best way to explain the difference between virtualization and cloud computing is to say that the former is a technology, while the latter is a service whose foundation is formed by said technology. Virtualization can exist without the cloud, but cloud computing cannot exist without virtualization.


    • #3
      Virtualization is the fundamental technology that powers cloud computing. Virtualization is software that manipulates hardware, while cloud computing refers to a service that results from that manipulation.


      • #4
        Virtualization is the creation of a virtual version of something. Using virtualization you can make a computer behave like many seperate computers. The simple example would be dividing a hard drive into different partitions.

        Cloud computing on the other hand allows many different companies to access one application. Furthermore, the information which is hosted on the cloud can be accessed from anywhere. Examples of cloud computing can be Web-based e-mail service like Gmail, or a type of cloud storage service such as Dropbox, etc.