Both virtualization and cloud technology are increasing in market value as they develop into separate and functional entities. Much like virtualization did in its early days of development, cloud computing is going through an initiation period where companies and consumers alike examine its value and attempt to determine exactly where it fits in the virtual landscape – does it kill or simply augment the need for virtualization? Upcoming events in Las Vegas April 17-21 – Virtualization Connections and Cloud Connections – seek to examine the way in which both of these technologies can be best used for a business. Virtualization Connections is intended to address the how-tos for running a virtual SQL environment, while Cloud Connections will deal with issues surrounding migrating to a public cloud database and what that can mean for companies.
In order to make the most of the current market, IT professionals from a wide variety of companies need to be aware of what is available and more importantly how to use it. Right now, both virtual and cloud technologies exist side by side, with neither having gained a clear advantage, and now is the time for IT to learn as much as they can about both sides of the virtual coin. While cloud computing is not quite ready to make its debut onto the main stage of market use, simply knowing the ins and outs of virtualization will not be enough when a reliable cloud system finally hits. Suddenly, having managed data or applications on a server may not seem sensible when the same information could simply be pulled from the cloud.
For IT managers and businesses alike, knowing how to use both virtual and cloud technologies is an essential part of making the most of the market.