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What Is The “Cloud-Like” Thing About Cloud Servers?

The generic term “cloud” now covers a wide variety of issues and technical architectures. In general, one can note that “cloud” always means that servers with CPU and RAM as well as hard disks with storage space are not available locally, but are located in a data center. Cloud services continue to address the following questions: How can the utilization of a server be designed effectively? And how flexibly can different requirements be implemented for the same server infrastructure? Ultimately, both also have a positive impact on the cost aspect.

What Conventional Servers May Lack

Conventional servers contain exactly one operating system on which very specific programs (also called “apps”) run. So just by choosing the operating system, you determine which apps you can use. But what if you don’t want to or can’t do without the advantages of Linux programs besides Windows? The purchase of a second server can become too expensive.

Virtual MachineAlso it is not to be seen actually why the capacities of the already existing server should not be used better. This is where the terms “virtualization” and “virtual machines (VM)” come into play.

Virtualization: Turning One Into Many

Virtualization means that I divide my server into many virtual servers, so-called “virtual machines”.

In the cloud data center, separate VMs are set up on server systems for individual customers or applications. A virtual machine is virtually a separate IT system on the same server, storage and network hardware that is strictly isolated from others. For example, a cloud VM has its own operating system, applications, virtualized CPUs, separate RAM and storage space on hard disks or solid state drives.

Today, virtualization based on type 1 hypervisors such as Citrix-XEN, VMware, Red Hat KVM and Microsoft Hyper-V dominates cloud data centers. In this case, the virtualization software is implemented directly on the computer hardware.

The hypervisor thus communicates directly with the underlying hardware. The virtual machines are placed on the hypervisor, with the operating system, applications, binary files, etc. mentioned above.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to set up a new virtual machine. This is quite fast, because setting up a new physical server takes several hours.

Virtual machines are therefore an effective way to set up new workloads in a cloud data center.

Public Cloud, Private Cloud And Hybrid Cloud

cloud solutionsDepending on the type of server used as a basis, different types of cloud constructions can be implemented:

Public Cloud:
The VMs are located on a server that is shared by many.

Private Cloud:
The VMs are located on a dedicated server that you use alone.

Hybrid Cloud:
Your VM is located on a dedicated server. During short-term load peaks, additional VMs from a public cloud are temporarily switched on for support.

The Cloud Storage HiDrive

HiDrive is a cloud storage because you store your data on a virtualized server here as well. Here you have no influence on RAM and CPU performance (but you can adjust the amount of memory space). From another perspective, however, this is your advantage: you don’t have to worry about anything, because the graphical user interface for managing your data is already set up for you.

Conclusion: Virtualization to a Cloud Server with VM: Stable, Flexible, Cost-Effective

Above all, virtualization helps to distribute resources more precisely and thus save costs. In addition, you can handle your own server infrastructure much more flexibly than without virtualization.

Some Business cloud solutions offer a variety of cloud products that you can tailor to your individual needs – with high, medium and low expert support, just as you like.

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