According to Graham Clarke, managing director of a SaaS provider, virtual server hosting and other forms of virtualization are a necessary first step for businesses moving towards a cloud computing solution.
Clarke told the National Business Review cloud computing is not an entirely new technology. Web-based delivery of software and IT infrastructure has been around in virtual server hosting companies and other web hosting services for a few years, but many businesses have not deployed virtualization in a way that would prepare them for the cloud.
Clarke said virtualization is an ideal stepping stone to cloud computing because it allows companies to gain experience in a flexible, scalable computing environment. Using virtualized servers, companies can manage the complex requirements of running multiple systems on one physical device.
In many cases, cloud-based applications are designed to meet specific industry needs. Subsequently, multiple applications or infrastructure services may have to be deployed to replace one software suite. Virtualization is among the best technologies to help businesses manage this complexity.
The Host Review reports virtual server hosting can be beneficial in a flexible, cloud computing environment because it provides a scalable atmosphere for server use. This allows organizations to easily expand and retract their server allotment based on need, minimizing the funds lost by paying for unused space.