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      Visuals for the World of Virtualization

      I am admittedly very new to the world of web hosting but am playing the role of SpongeKevin SquarePants in terms of soaking up every bit of knowledge my fellow SingleHoppers throw my way!

      Fortunately the other guys around the pond here have been amazing when it comes to making sense of intergalactic-like world of web hosting with great visuals.  And by great I don’t mean these works of art are heading to the Museum of Modern Art anytime soon, they’re actually just doodles but man do they help!

      Want to see how a server looks without making a trip to a data center, it’s simple:

      srv1

      Talk about simple, right?  Obviously within this server they’re thousands of moving parts, but for now, this a server in its entirety.

      So if that’s a server, than what’s a virtual server or VM? How can something that’s physical become virtual?

      Let’s start with the picture:

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      Software actually tells (or tricks, if you ask me) the server into thinking it’s 3 separate machines, all using Server #1’s resources as their own. Sneaky, right?

      If you’re a web hosting veteran this stuff is second nature, but if you’re a rookie, visuals drive understanding. If  you know of any other great visual (pictures or videos) please share!

      Cloud Hosting Series via the Layman

      Cloud

      If I had a dollar for every time I said, read, or heard this lovely little buzzword on a daily basis, I would no doubt have enough cash to buy a pint for every SingleHopper in the office. Aside from being Mr. Popular, would I be any wiser for it? Just because it’s being used, doesn’t mean it’s being used correctly, or that its definition is universally known.

      So there’s where this blog comes into play…This will be an ongoing series of blog entries where I discuss all things cloud.

      • What is cloud hosting?
      • Is it right for my business?
      • Is it just a buzzword, here today, gone tomorrow?
      • Can I touch it?
      • Is it cost-effective?
      • Who’s driving the demand?
      • Can I ride it?

      As we all know there are a million sources for this type of content. What I hope makes series a bit different from the rest is its top-line, straight to the point, and occasionally humorous commentary.

      Firstly, the term ‘cloud’ is perfect! It literally floats above us (or servers), it’s able to rapidly change its size, and physically (and sometimes mentally) impossible to grasp. When explain the theory behind computing, especially to a novice, keep it simple… Start with the familiar and mention most users have used a cloud before unbeknownst to them, it’s called Gmail.

      Consumers have become much more open to allowing their photos, music, and words to live all alone out there on a cloud whether they know it or not. Companies have now decided they like the functionality and scalability of the cloud concept and are running and jumping to them!

      As it stands right now, a cloud is a number of elements (data and processes to name a couple) stretching from server to server or even datacenter to datacenter that are accessible at any given time, rate, or place. The cloud’s functions are far greater than storage – it also allows the sharing of content in real time across multiple users given they’re all online. It’s this type of transparency (and functionality) that has exposed most people “the cloud’’ without ever knowing it exists. {insert evil laugh here}

      Be sure to check back for the next installment of cloud talk!