What is Virtual Cloud Computing?

Virtual cloud computing combines the benefits of virtualization with cloud computing, making for a powerful tandem that drives much of enterprise computing today. This article discusses virtual cloud computing in detail, including the differences between virtualization and cloud computing, the different virtualization types used in cloud computing, and the importance, use cases, examples, and benefits of virtual cloud computing. It also discusses how you can implement virtual cloud computing with Parallels® RAS.

How Is Virtualization Different from Cloud Computing?

Virtualization and cloud computing are discussed together so often that some may confuse them for each other. The confusion arises from the reliance of cloud computing on virtualization. Some cloud services also offer virtualization products, adding to the confusion.

Virtualization refers to creating software-based versions of the hardware, software, storage, and network devices within your physical IT infrastructure. On the other hand, cloud computing services pool software, hardware, storage, and network resources together and make them available via the internet.

Virtualization makes cloud computing services possible. As many cloud computing resources are virtualized, it is easy to see how virtualization powers up much of today’s cloud infrastructure.

The fundamental difference between these two technologies is that virtualization does not offer the enhanced capabilities of cloud computing, including self-service, automated management, elasticity, scalability, and pay-as-you-go pricing. Given these benefits, more organizations are veering towards cloud computing rather than adopting virtualization alone.

What Are the Different Types of Virtualization in Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing uses several types of virtualization, including:

Why Use Virtual Cloud Computing?

Many organizations find virtual cloud computing useful in terms of:

What Are Some Use Cases and Examples of Virtual Cloud Computing?

Virtualization is present in the following cloud computing scenarios:

What Are the Benefits of Virtual Cloud Computing?

The use of virtualization in cloud computing is attractive since it offers the following benefits:

Beneficial Virtual Cloud Computing Solutions with Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS is a complete virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that enables secure and cost-effective delivery of virtual applications and desktops to any device installed with the Parallels RAS Client. Alternatively, you can use the Parallels RAS Web Client running in an HTML5-compliant web browser to access your virtual applications and desktops. You can even switch devices or networks if you want.

You can deploy Parallels RAS to your own on-premises datacenter, private cloud, or a public cloud like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. You can also deploy it to multiple clouds, or a mix of your own private cloud and a public cloud, and even Remote Desktop Session Hosts and hyperconverged systems. Parallels RAS offers a secure, remote work environment for your end users, auto-provisioning and auto-scaling capabilities, and a centralized management console that offers your IT team a comprehensive view of your network infrastructure. All Parallels RAS features are offered as part of a single license package that includes free training.

As a VDI solution, Parallels RAS uses templates for fast and easy creation and deployment of VDI desktops and applications on demand. It also features enhanced data security through central file storage, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 encryption support, multi-factor authentication support, and granular access policies. Its intuitive user interface (UI) allows native gestures, and its coherence mode means you can work with Parallels RAS as if using your local drive. All these make Parallels RAS an ideal solution for virtual datacenters with their own virtual computing, storage, and network clusters.

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