Future of Cloud Computing: Virtualization

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u10a1 Future of Cloud Computing Likwa Moyo TS5328 – Virtualization

Instructor: Dr. Phillip Davis December 17, 2010

Instructions For this two to four page paper (APA compliant), you are to research the future of virtualization and “cloud” computing. Briefly define what exactly is meant by “cloud” computing, its current status, and where it might go in the future. For example, Google Apps is a perfect example of one model of cloud computing. Where might Microsoft find itself a decade later with its cash-cow, Office? Will it still be desktop based? Will it be server based? These are some points to consider. Include a minimum of three references, but using more than three references is enouraged.

Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet (Jo Maitland, Executive Editor of Search Cloud Computing, 2010). No doubt 2010 has been a big year for cloud computing. Businesses are making the move to cloud computing to reduce costs, increase productivity and simplify IT. The on-demand, scalable, affordable IT infrastructure services provided by different vendors is driving a need to respond more quickly to changing business demands.

Chad Swartz, an IT manager at Preferred Hotel Group says one of the biggest bonuses of using a cloud provider is getting your hands on topnotch IT gear. "They can afford a whole different class of SAN. I can look at Dell; they can look at Hitachi and a lot of other devices that make things run much faster than we could." (Jo Maitland, Executive Editor of Search Cloud Computing, 2010).

The Three Categories of Cloud Computing Service

Currently there are three primary categories of cloud computing service:

1. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) - Computing infrastructure, such as servers, storage, and network, delivered as a cloud service, typically through virtualization. Geoffrey Wilkins (Wilkins, 2010) says that virtualization is not necessarily synonymous with...
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