For those of us out here in the world of IT, virtualization and cloud computing are not interchangeable terms. However, the terms certainly seem to be confused in the popular vernacular.
On his post at Intelligent Enterprise, Is Virtualization the Same as Cloud Computing?, Rajan Chandras writes:
"The fact is, virtualization and cloud computing are related but entirely different concepts. Virtualization is simulation; the request fulfillment is in terms of a simulation -- make-believe that behaves like real…Cloud computing is something else entirely -- it is, literally, computing in the (Internet) cloud."
Does the confusion in the popular culture really matter to IT experts? It is an interesting question to pose, as we get closer to VMWorld.
That reminds me make sure to check out some of the white papers published at the VMWorld Discussions and Documents to participate in the most current debates of the IT world.