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Virtualization is not the cloud, says expert

Many individuals believe that virtualization and cloud computing are one in the same. However, it is important to know the difference between the two catalysts that have helped improve business applications' flexibility and innovation, Charles Buck, the chief operational officer of independenceIT, stated in a CloudTweaks report.

Virtualization allows the users to use a single piece of hardware to perform the same amount of work that many generate. This is economical for organizations because it is less expensive for the company to maintain one piece of equipment rather than many, Buck stated.

Cloud computing allows users to access applications running on an off-site location through the internet. Although the cloud can be performed with virtualization, the system can also run by itself and still remain productive and efficient for the business, according to Buck.

Some organizations are mixing up the terms as they try to "dumb down" the complicated terms for less technical staff. However, this change in semantics is also changing the definition of the terms and therefore giving individuals the wrong interpretation, he continued.

Nonetheless, both the cloud and virtualization technologies are becoming increasingly popular. According to ABI Research, the desktop virtualization market is expected to reach $5 billion by 2016.

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