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Differences Between Cloud Computing and Virtualization


Cloud computing is a popular term used now. Everyone is talking about it. Cloud and virtualization can be confusing as both have some common features. Cloud computing and virtualization are two different things.

What is virtualization?

Virtualization is a virtual simulation of a resource or device. It usually means dividing a single hardware into two or more segments. Each segment works as an independent environment. For example, server virtualization divides one server into different smaller virtual servers. Virtualization makes computing environment independent of physical infrastructure.

What is a cloud?

We get the origin of cloud computing from virtualization. You can consider cloud as a service; whereas, Virtualization is technology. Cloud computing is a situation where shared computing resources and software are delivered as a service through the Internet. Cloud computing allows broad network access, the ability to scale resources and more.

How do they differ?

  • You can have virtualization without a cloud, but the opposite cannot happen.
  • Virtualization makes one computer perform like many independent computers. On the other hand, cloud computing lets different companies access a single application.
  • Virtualization is employed locally. But cloud computing is accessed as a service.

As both these terms are quite new, many people don’t know the actual difference between them. Now you know that these two are different and can use them in your business where appropriate. Both have great benefits. You will be able to manage your resources better and enhance the efficiency of your business. You will also be able to save a lot of money in the long run.