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What’s in a name? Virtualization and Cloud

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”   Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

At CiscoLive 2011, more than 15,000 customers, partners, and thought leaders have came together to celebrate and explore the evolution and convergence of technology and business. I came away with even greater respect for the innovation taking place in today’s enterprises and excited by the role Cisco is taking in developing and delivering the network vision and solutions helping to drive that innovation.

Among the hottest subjects at Cisco Live was the subject of Cloud.  Enterprises are trying to get their arms around the benefits and potential scope of these technologies for their industries and businesses.       

As we discussed in this Cisco Vibe interview on the conference floor, cloud and virtualization are closely interconnected. Both take advantage of existing IT assets, driving productivity and efficiency.  But there are differences.

Virtualization is about efficient use of IT infrastructures -- - e.g., servers and storage devices — and optimizing load sharing across them. It is about best-in-class use of in-house networks and components. Cloud expands on this approach and provides added flexibility in two ways. Cloud is about (securely) pushing the envelope of virtualization, delivering IT as a service (ITaaS) both inside and out the enterprise as well as new approaches to platforms and applications for solving business challenges. 

Both virtualization and cloud have important roles to play in today’s complex enterprises and are not mutually exclusive. One thing is for sure: the IT teams who use these technologies to help drive and enable new business models and opportunities are fundamentally improving the value of IT to their enterprises.

 Take a look at the interview and let me know what you think about the role of virtualization and cloud in your industry.

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