Having a secure and well-configured IT infrastructure is vital to the success of your small-to-medium business. In your quest to create such an infrastructure, you've more than likely heard about cloud computing and virtualization. However, you may not be 100% clear on what these terms mean and what the difference between them is. After all, there's a common misconception that these words can be used interchangeably to describe the same solution.
In reality, virtualization is a technology used in cloud computing, a service that allows businesses to store and access their data and applications via the Internet. To make cloud computing possible, virtualization uses software to manipulate hardware in a way that separates a company's physical infrastructure from its computing environment. This separation is then applied to workstations, servers, and other aspects of an organization's IT infrastructure.
While cloud computing and virtualization are most often used in conjunction, this isn't always the case – it's possible for virtualization technologies to be implemented without other elements of cloud computing. So how do you decide on the ideal solution for your business? It all depends on your organization's security, resource, and financial needs. Here are a few guidelines on what works best for different kinds of businesses:
- Generally speaking, using virtualization alone is usually a good choice for companies looking to maximize their security and maintain full control over their network. Furthermore, virtualization is beneficial for businesses that want to decrease their capital expenditure (CAPEX), since this technology uses existing hardware highly efficiently and reduces the need to buy additional resources.
- For businesses with fewer security and resource needs and a greater interest in cutting back on operational expenditure (OPEX), cloud computing is often the way to go. Moreover, cloud computing offers many features that are not always included with virtualization, such as pay-as-you-go service, fast setup, scalability, and elasticity.
While cloud computing and virtualization are closely related, the distinctions between the two are important to note when building your business's IT infrastructure.
Count On Alura for Cloud Computing and Virtualization
Want some expert advice on deciding between cloud computing and virtualization? Here at Alura Business Solutions, we're highly knowledgeable about both of these technologies because we've been offering them since 2005. In turn, we can help you choose the best option for your specific business requirements and needs. Once you've done so, we'll assist you in implementing the solution in a cost-effective way.
To speak with one of our friendly representatives about cloud computing and virtualization, call 844-558-7200 now. And for facts on how data loss can affect your business, be sure to check out our post from last week. We look forward to showing you why Alura is known for being a trustworthy provider of cloud computing, virtualization services and many other valuable IT solutions!