Cloud hype has been all the rage for the last year, with companies like Amazon, Microsoft and VMware taking out large ads in major centers to convince businesses and the public alike that cloud adoption is the way to go. While the cloud has been making significant inroads thanks to new technologies and the promise of a “go anywhere, do anything” service model, it owes a great deal to the underlying technology of virtualization, which has effectively paved the way for the cloud to float into the mainstream.
Virtualized servers have rapidly been gaining in popularity as businesses both big and small discover that not only can they save money by moving their data to a virtual home, but that their overall efficiency can increase. Production of virtual-specific servers is on the rise, and more and more companies are converting larger portions of their physical server space to virtual options. It is this move to effective virtual spaces that has allowed the cloud to move forward, as its success has encouraged public confidence in a technology that has been criticized on a number of fronts.
Both security and uptime remain problems for the cloud, and while both are being addressed by niche companies that have sprung up in the market, the cloud is not yet free of problems that could seriously bog it down. It is virtualization’s stellar track record that has enabled the cloud to see adoption of any kind, as many businesses view it as being a natural extension of the cloud. This confidence in virtualization has given the cloud a needed push, and predictions show it gaining ground in the coming years as a wider range of companies become comfortable with the concept and its implementation.