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Cloud Computing vs. Virtualization

cloud computing vs. virtualization

Cloud computing and virtualization are terms often used hand-in-hand, and though similar they are not the same thing. So what exactly are the differences, and how can you use these to your advantage?

In basic terms, virtualization is the software used to provide cloud computing services. Virtualization happens when a company decides to produce virtual replicas of data which is then stored in the cloud. There are public and private clouds, which provide different services based on your company’s preferences.

Private clouds only grant specific clients and employees access to company data through enabling firewall protection, while public clouds allow access to data from any internet connected device. The main benefit of a private cloud is privacy, because data is only accessible to people located behind the company’s firewall.  A benefit of using a public cloud is that location is never an issue. Clients can access information in a public cloud from anywhere.

There is a happy medium between these two types of clouds, which is a hybrid cloud. A hybrid cloud provides the company with the security of a private cloud and the flexibility of a public cloud.

Switching to virtualization is beneficial for any company. It provides a solid backup and recovery plan, so if any unforeseen circumstances arise, your company will experience less downtime. Deciding between a private and public cloud depends on the type of information you plan on storing. If it is extremely sensitive and client-specific, private clouds are the way to go. If you want easily accessed, location independent data storage, using a public cloud would be beneficial. If your company has a mix of sensitive information and general data to store, a hybrid cloud is the best choice.

Need help transitioning to the cloud?

If so, contact Stratosphere Networks, and let us see what we can do for you. We provide a broad range of IT services, including: 24/7 remote monitoring, proactive desktop and server management, email and virus protection, and backup and recovery, to name a few. For more information, call us today at at (877) 599-3999, or click here to use our contact form.



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