Virtualization in Cloud Computing

What is Virtualization in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is storing and connecting with the data uploaded on the server on the internet than hardware. It is a service or application that assists a virtual environment that may be private or public, depending upon the use.

In order to unleash the full efficiency of cloud computing, Virtualization is a technique that develops or creates a virtual version of practically anything from desktops to operating systems and many more. It enables the sharing of a single resource to multiple users or organizations providing a virtual environment not only to initiate an application but also for networking and storage.

It enables software to run multiple operations in the back end without impacting the system’s health. Virtualization in cloud computing reduces the need for physical infrastructure


In cloud computing, a user shares the data using the application or software but in virtualization, a user shares the infrastructure of that particular data. Its main usage of virtualization technology is providing the users with the applications with standard versions.


Virtualization in cloud computing assists organizations to stimulate hardware functions and construct various virtual systems like storage devices and network systems. It helps in ease of use for IT and working on a single server and sharing with multiple individuals or organizations.

Organizations use virtualization in cloud computing to handle and distribute the resources to the necessary applications. Even if any software or application crashes, it has no effect on the virtual machines.

Advantages of Virtualization in Cloud Computing

While cloud computing provides benefits like cost-effectiveness, scalable solutions, and more, Virtualization provides a lot of these benefits like-

  1. Features like availability and fault tolerance to minimize downtime.
  2. Can be connected to other devices through a single host device.
  3. It cuts down the additional expenditure on physical resources.
  4. Accommodates remote access to facilitate the execution of multiple operating systems on a single device.
  5. Reduces the risk of system failure.
  6. Doesn’t requires any complex IT infrastructure.

TYPES OF Virtualization IN Cloud Computing

There are several types of virtualization in cloud computing, some are-

Network Virtualization

Network Virtualization has the feature to run multiple networks on a single device that co-exists on a single physical network. It can even be accessible to different people through these servers. Network Virtualization can create routers, firewalls, and security management systems while having the benefits of portability, patches, and user mobility.

Application Virtualization

Application Virtualization enables the user to have remote access to the software from the server from any workstation through the internet. The user has the benefit to run multiple versions of the same server through application virtualization. It helps the user to save time for application installation and operation loadings. 

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization uses a remote central server than the host’s hard drive. It gives users access to operate the data which is stored remotely on a server through the internet. The users can access their desktops virtually from any geographical location. Its main features are easy software installation, portability, mobility, and many more.

Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization is allocating a single server into multiple servers. The servers keep changing which directs toward the use of servers in isolation in its own operating system. Its main benefits include virtual migration, reduction in infrastructural costs, etc while increasing performance.    

Storage Virtualization

Storage Virtualization provides virtual storage system to facilitate storage management through multiple sources from a single server. Its main functions include archiving, easy backup and recovery tasks.


Virtualization enables the creation of vast information technology resources that can maximize the efficiency of cloud computing. Virtualization offers the organization with competence, disaster recovery solutions, and even better IT agility.

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