How does cloud computing go with virtualization?

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I'm currently running 100 different machines for my organization and by using virtualization, it allows us to pretend that we're running 1,000 machines. But we're looking to integrate cloud more into our system so I'm looking to find out what role cloud computing plays with virtualization. I know a single instance of IIS and Windows Server can host several web applications so why do I need to run multiple instances of our operating system on a single machine? I'm just really trying to figure out how the two go together. Thanks for the input!

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  • carlosdl
    I'm not sure to understand the question. Virtualization would be the underlying technology that allows cloud computing.  When you talk about cloud computing, virtualization is always (?) involved.

    As for your example of IIS being able to serve several applications, that is true, but virtualization is not only for web applications.  And even on web applications, virtualization gives you more flexibility (and possibly high availability) and the possibility to completely isolate one application from others, even if they are running on the same physical hardware.
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