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What do Cloud Computing and
Virtual Data Centres have in common?

Just as Cloud Computing is the much publicised marketing phrase for the next generation of hosted applications, the key distinction between Cloud computing and traditional computing is that a cloud environment is virtual and elastic.

For consumers, a properly designed and executed ‘Virtual Data Centre’ offers the virtualisation capability for Cloud just as the same should be able to offer the flexibility and adaptability to ensure that the Virtual Data Centre also has the elastic properties to allow consumers to scale up resources as demand warrants, just as easily as scaling down resources when demand wains.

A great example of this elasticity would be an accounting firm requiring more processing power at the end of the financial year to perhaps process end of financial year accounts for clients or the christmas period for retailers requiring handling many more transactions.