Embotics CTO, Scott Davis recently wrote a blog based around the similarities in business drivers between virtualization and cloud, and the differences between the two technologies.
Virtualization software separates physical infrastructures to create various dedicated resources and makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same server at the same time, helping to cut costs and ease IT management. Virtualization is the fundamental technology that powers cloud computing.
Cloud computing, on the other hand, can and often does include virtualization products to deliver shared computing resources, software or data — both as a service and on-demand through the Internet. Cloud computing provides self-service capability, elasticity, automated management, scalability and pay-as-you-go service that is not inherent in virtualization alone.
In his post, Scott discusses the evolution of virtualization, the birth of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), and the explosion of cloud as we know it today, along with the operational benefits it brings.
Scott also goes on to describe how a cloud is much more than virtualization, and how the capabilities he describes provide business agility for the cloud era, but that to achieve the theoretical operational benefits and agility of virtualization, SDDC and cloud, a comprehensive, cloud management and automation platform is still required.
To read the complete article from Scott, head over to his blog here.