Bare-Metal vs. Virtual Environments - Part 1In the past few years, we’ve seen a number of new terms emerge in the industry. Two of which, pertaining to cloud computing, are ‘Bare Metal’ and ‘Virtual’ environments. 

Last week, Unleashed Technologies hosted a webinar entitled, “Navigating the Cloud Hype: Get Your Questions Answered.” In that webinar, Ryan Barbera discussed the hype, but also the real benefits that companies have realized when moving their services to the Cloud. As an added value, a substantial amount of time was dedicated during the webinar to answering questions from the audience. Below I have listed some of the most intriguing questions and the answers (paraphrased from our expert) given.

The benefits of cloud computing are too great to overlook. Especially when it comes to having a business with multiple sites, storing and sharing data can become a very cumbersome without the aid of cloud computing. Having data at a facility designed from the ground up for redundancy minimizes the risk of data loss, while also providing the flexibility to be available from virtually anywhere on the internet. Additionally, issues such as throughput to and from the data are gone with having hosting done at a datacenter. While any random Joe can host a server to store data at an office, a cloud solution at a datacenter could have dedicated gigabit circuits, redundant power, and state-of-the-art cooling systems so that the hardware would have no reason to falter.

Google Chrome was officially revealed at a news conference on November 19, 2009. Unlike Windows and other modern operating systems, Chrome OS has only one application - the web browser. There is no word processor or email programs - all applications are web-based, running and saving your data in the "cloud".