The Virtualization Review recently reported server virtualization can serve as a step towards cloud computing as it provides the foundations necessary to prepare for a public cloud solution.
By virtualizing servers or subscribing to a virtual server hosting service, businesses can begin to deploy the necessary technologies and processes for cloud computing. This occurs because server virtualization involves partitioning physical servers to create multiple devices, the report said.
Virtual server hosting allows businesses to reorganize their processes in light of changes necessary when operating through a third-party vendor. Virtual server hosting providers use virtualization technologies in the data center to strategically store and dispense an organization's resources through a persistent internet connection.
The report explains this model is similar to cloud computing services, with the main distinction being that cloud services involve deploying operations, processes and software from the virtual environment.
According to a recent report from the Economist, cloud computing and advances in virtualization technology have allowed hosting companies to provide virtual private servers, a middle ground between shared and dedicated servers. In these environments, cloud resources allow for customization similar to a dedicated server, while reducing costs, as space is still shared by multiple tenants.