Cloud computing has enabled organizations to have access to the compute, networking and storage resources they need without having to spend money upfront for the infrastructure. By leveraging how virtualization works in cloud computing, they can apply it to gain efficiencies in their business.
As with any technology paradigm, there's no one best way to take advantage of cloud computing virtualization, which is why organizations need to plan how they will implement their applications and what approach they will take, be it virtual machine or container. For example, it may make sense to group marketing and HR compute resources together, but more robust hardware capabilities may be needed for a server that must handle a high volume of financial transactions. No matter what application you are planning on implementing in the cloud, existing or new, it makes sense to make it as cloud native as possible.
While the benefits of using the cloud for applications are great, because it allows you to consolidate and optimize resources, not all applications or services can be virtualized. For example, some of your applications might be relying on specialized hardware that may not be compatible or cost effective to migrate. Measuring the benefits of virtualization requires that you set up some key performance indicators (KPIs) so you can see where you're getting savings and benefits by reducing downtime, optimizing the deployment of IT staff and automating the provisioning of compute, network and storage resources.
All of this can be a big undertaking, so tapping an outside expert who can help show you how to implement your applications in the cloud and options for cloud implementation may be useful. A managed services provider has the expertise and resources to help maximize the benefits of virtualization in cloud computing.
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