Technical jargon, for most of us becomes a inhibitive factor from learning something new. But we at E-junkie.info try to break down all things complex for most our readers to understand. The topic that has captured the imagination of the business world is cloud computing and virtualization.

These are hardcore technical processes literally. The newbies on the block understand these terms no doubt, but what of those old veterans who feel that the Gen Y is giving them a tough run for their money. Well we'll do the needful here.

Most people, established industry guys too, are unable to sometimes communicate what is the basic difference between Cloud Computing and Virtualization. Infact, many use the two terms synonymously. Is it fair that knowledge remains a previledge of a few?  Certainly not.

The Small Businesses today are typically juggling with the dilemmas involved with the opportunities and risks entailed in accessing software applications through the cloud. The real question is how to choose a correct IT infrastructure that increases the productivity and innovation of the business.

As a first step most Small Businesses, almost as large as 41%, are toying with the idea of virtual desktops in the workspace. Infact, 8 in 10 companies opt for a cloud solution, which is expected to double in the coming year. This has 4 categorical advantages from the usablity point of view :

1. Centralised management
2. Faster Operating System and upgrades
3. Anytime access to data resources without compromising on security
4. Automatic information backups

The story so far seems good. But once again we have entered a technical arena. So here's a basic volley of questions that will set the base for deconstructing the process.

What do we exactly mean by these two terms? Can they be used interchangeably or are they completly different? If there exists a similarity, how do we identify it? Is Cloud Computing a business model? Lastly why should a lay person even bother knowing about such technicalities?

To start off, if one thinks logically, since there exist these two separate terms, they must have some underlying difference beyond just semantic meanings, right. To explain it simply, Cloud Computing and Virtualization are seperate entities with very slight technical differences.

The Cloud is literally 'Internet' as we all know it and has two components based on who the user of the service is: Websites and Web Services(computing). The technology used to implement computing, is what constitutes Virtualization.

Coming onto the question of if Cloud computing is a business model or not, well yes it is means to outsource IT technology, applications and skills on a pay per usage model. It is based on the SaaS (Software as a Service). On the other hand Virtualisation is the technology used by Cloud suppliers. The common binding link between the two is simply the fact that both processes are used to maximise the business resources from the delivery context as a key to creating IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

So sum up all that we have explained, "Cloud computing" includes the whole package of software that allows secure and scalable services. The customers are simply provided what they demand without getting involved in the technical nitty-gritties. Virtualisation, as the term goes is an "IT disguise". A simple example would be: Virtual desktops could make Windows OS look and function like Linux OS. In short what you get is flexibility to adapt demands by heterogenous users.

So if you are a business person into Small Business or a non technical person, being up-to-date with technology is never a bad option. Just be a prudent decision maker after weighing the pro's and con's carefully.

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