Many companies were reluctant to make the move from physical servers to VPS options as they feared slow response times, unwieldy resource use and a complicated framework from which to operate. After several years operating in such an environment, however, the tolerance for VPS and virtualized computing solutions has increased as companies have seen the inherent benefits of having their storage and resources managed off-site.
Now, companies are faced with a new and equally frightening prospect – the cloud. Cloud computing is the natural evolution of virtualized systems; take what is useful in a virtualized system and then get rid of the need for the creation and management of virtual servers. Instead of calling on a provider to allot and assign VPS choices, a cloud-based company can simply pick what they need and how much of it and have it delivered right to their virtual door.
Of course, this prospect is frightening to many businesses, and rightfully so. The cloud includes a level of risk that is not present in a virtualized server, especially when it comes to public cloud options. A great way for a company to get their feet wet without risking too much is to begin with a private cloud hosting option and work their way up from there. From behind their own private database walls, a company can see and understand how a cloud system works without issues about security, permissions, and access.
Once the cloud has proven its usefulness and a business has a better handle on the cloud/virtual environment relationship, a movement to a public cloud and greater functionality may be a viable choice. Though the cloud represents a significant shift in functionality, its ultimate use is as a tool built on the foundation of familiar virtualized systems.
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