Virtualization is a technological advancement that has allowed companies to change the way they view servers, desktops and resource allocation. Desktops can be virtualized so that the local machine is accessing a virtual desktop that will handle all of the computers processes. Server virtualization allows server administrators to create multiple stand-alone virtual server environments within the same physical server. Virtualization has already changed desktops and traditional servers. Now, this technology is being applied to another major recent, and similar, advancement: cloud computing.
Cloud computing is a technology that allows for all data and processes for an organization to be stored in a cluster of servers. Depending on the business’s requirements, the cloud can also be responsible for application processes and data handling.
The Next Great Advancement: Cloud Virtualization
A common issue with cloud computing is that smaller businesses must rely on third parties to provide their cloud. Other companies with greater assets are able to build their own internal private clouds; however this option is not available to everyone. Thus, cloud virtualization was born.
Virtual, private and public clouds are incredibly similar. So similar in fact that end users will not be able to tell the difference. However, they are configured much differently. A public cloud is simply provided by a third party. The third party provides the server space, software management and access credentials. A private cloud is configured internally within a corporation’s data center. A virtual cloud is an environment hosted entirely within business’s servers without requiring their full capabilities.
Cloud virtualization is simply a method of server virtualization. With server virtualization, a new server environment within a physical server and is given a specific function. With cloud virtualization, this new server’s purpose is to act as a part of the cloud. This means that a single physical server can contain several virtualized servers; some of which can operate the cloud.
What Can It Do For Me?
A virtual cloud can provide the same benefits as traditional private and public clouds, with a few additional perks:
- Increased Control – A common complaint among IT professionals that have recently adopted cloud computing is the lack of control. When you hire a public cloud provider, they have all the back end control. A private cloud provides increased control, however they are more expensive and difficult to operate. A virtualized cloud is an affordable way to create your own private cloud with immense control over access and resource allocation.
- Singular Access Point – Cloud computing allows every employee to access a centralized server from any location. They are able to use their tablet to access the cloud from home (if allowed by your policies) and manage the same type of data they would from their work computer. Every employee will connect to the same virtualized cloud regardless of location and device. They can each be given individual access credentials, and only access information that they require.
It May Be Perfect For You
If your company has been investigating moving to cloud computing, cloud virtualization may be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. This extremely specialized type of cloud can be difficult to configure, however third party vendors typically provide assistance. If you do not wish to employ a public cloud provider, and do not have the capabilities to configure a traditional private cloud – this new technology may be for you.