Most of you will know that cloud computing refers to the practice of adding files to a web-based server so that they can be accessed from any location worldwide once you have the server’s login details. Virtualisation is not as ubiquitous a concept and can often be misinterpreted as being the same thing as cloud computing, but while the two are linked, they each have notable differences.
The simplest distinction is that virtualisation is the technology which facilitates cloud computing and cloud computing is a service which results from the manipulation of hardware through virtualisation. Virtualisation enables one resource to act like many; cloud computing allows multiple parties to access a single pool of resources.
The question as to which option is better depends on the requirements for your business. Virtualisation is ideal for anyone who requires absolute control over their IT resources and security or who adopts a capital expenditure model whereby high acquisition costs give way to much lower operational expenses. As you’d only need to invest in as many physical systems as you’d use, you could just pay for what’s required and nothing more.
Cloud computing might be preferable for smaller businesses who need to outsource their IT management because they don’t have specialist staff, or who require a quick resource-sharing setup. It is scalable and can be expanded in accordance with your business’ growth, while disruption to one machine will not cause the system to fail. In short, it is a very convenient and user-friendly option.
For more on the main differences between these two technologies, here is a straightforward explainer infographic from The Missing Link.
Thomas Roach is a content creator who specialises in writing about a variety of IT topics ranging from cloud computing to web security and everything in between. He is frequently contracted by tech companies to produce informative, engaging content that is intended to help consumers and business policymakers with key technological decisions. Among his clients is The Missing Link, suppliers of IT support services to businesses throughout Australia.