One example of cloud services that are not very dependent on server virtualization is Amazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3. It is a virtual storage provider that can be attached to both virtual and non-virtual systems. Another example of such a service is Salesforce.com, which likely leverages server virtualization to maximize utilization of resources, but its application service offering is not dependent on it.
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Some would say that these services are not cloud services, and that cloud services are better defined as those that provide elastic computing resources that can be utilized in a variety of ways to store, manage, process and deliver information. For those who define cloud services in such a way, then server virtualization becomes an integral component -- if not a necessary foundation -- for building such an infrastructure.
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