Cloud hosting has been in existence for 10 years. Going into its second
decade, it's time for something new. What's the latest trend? Good old, plain
dedicated servers - but rebuilt and reinvented.
Although it's not required by any definition of a cloud, virtualization has
become part and parcel of cloud hosting - not because it's necessary for
clouds, but merely because it's very convenient.
First and foremost, the cloud is great for businesses - of all sizes and in a
variety of industries - because it allows them to manage their resources
easily. There's no need to pre-order a server and wait until it's ready.
Virtualization has brought effective tools for that. On the other hand, for
providers, virtualization brings a theoretical possibility to utilize
resources more efficiently and thus lower costs and lower prices for end
It's worth noting that in a vir... (more)