Cloud has become standard. Government, industry and home users alike have come to depend on it every day. Most view the cloud as the end-state solution for data centers, but is it really a foundation for something much bigger? Here are the five core building blocks underlying cloud technology and a look at what we can expect as each matures:
Most would agree that virtualization was the driving force that jump-started cloud computing. It not only makes efficient use of hardware but also allows for a more resilient experience, scalability and automation when moving from one machine or location to another. Virtualization also enables rapid configuration, baselining and deployment of new systems, and results in cost savings and a more efficient data center and a smaller footprint.
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