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Differentiate Cloud Management and Virtualization Related to Cloud Computing

A Contributed Article by Deney Dentel, CEO at Nordisk Systems

Cloud computing is the means through which the user can get computing applications, power, infrastructure, personal data, business process and anything else they need, wherever they want. It is the set of storage, network, hardware and interfaces combined together to provide computing as a service. It can provide the user with software, storage, and infrastructure as long as they are connected to the internet.

Due to cloud computing, the user does not have to buy any other extra hardware and software as long as they have a computer and internet. This technology saves people time and money.

Cloud management is the technology which is designed to operate and monitor applications, services and data residing in the cloud. It helps to ensure that the cloud computing is working efficiently, optimally and is not experiencing any problems.

Virtualization is the technology to develop a virtual version of the resource or device like network, operating system, software etc. It is to divide the resource into one or more executable environments.

Let's see the differences between cloud management and server virtualization related to cloud computing.

Quick time to Deliver:

Virtualization has quick delivery in the cloud. In virtualization all the hardware and software are right in front of the user. So, they can just go through the storage to obtain some files. In cloud, the computer has to be first connected to the internet and through the use of browser the files can be obtained. If there is problem with the Internet, then the files stored in the cloud cannot be obtained.

Flexibility isn't all about On-Demand Provisioning:

Even though virtualization has quick delivery, it creates problem in terms of flexibility. To use virtualization, all the software and hardware has to be with user at all times, which doesn't sound flexible. But in cloud, there is no need for software or hardware as everything is stored in the cloud. All it requires is an internet connection.

Expect ROI in Days:

Virtualization costs less. There is huge initial cost in the purchase of hardware and software and some for the IT services. In the case of cloud, there is less initial cost as no hardware is required. But, as the company use cloud's services, higher the costs will be. At some point, it maybe even cost more than the hardware.

Competitive advantage through provisioning control:

In virtualization, as all the hardware and software are managed by the company itself, they have a control over it. The services, security etc are controlled by the company. In cloud, all the hardware and software are managed by the service provider, so the company has little control over it.

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About the Author

Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems is the only local Nexenta certified partner in Portland, Oregon delivers enterprise class storage with the amount of physical space that your data center possesses.

Published Friday, June 14, 2013 6:25 AM by David Marshall
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