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Cloud VMs vs Local VMs

When discussing virtual machine software, it’s easy to get confused between Cloud VMs and Local VMs. Both have benefits, but understanding the differences between the two is important for making the right decision for your needs.

That’s why at CNG IT, we created an article  to make sure you have all the information you need to choose the right option for your business. So, let’s take a closer look at Cloud VMs and Local VMs:

What is a Cloud VM?

Cloud VMs are virtual machines that reside on a remote server, rather than your own computer. This means that you can access your Cloud VM from any device with an internet connection, making it a great option for work or travel. Cloud VMs are also very scalable, meaning that you can increase or decrease the amount of resources  (CPU, RAM, disk space) your VM uses as needed. This makes them a great option for businesses or individuals who need to be able to quickly adapt to changing demands. Popular platforms for cloud vm’s include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

Benefits of using a Cloud VM

A Cloud VM can offer several benefits:

– Reduced hardware costs: You don’t need to purchase or maintain your own server hardware.

– Increased flexibility and scalability: You can add or remove Cloud VMs as needed, and they can be scaled up or down to match your needs.

– Reduced maintenance costs: The hosting company will take care of maintaining the server hardware and software for you. 

– Increased security: Your data is stored on a remote server, and access is typically password protected.

Now that we’ve covered what a Cloud VM is and some of the benefits it offers, let’s take a look at Local VMs.

What is a Local VM?

A Local VM is a virtual machine that resides on your own computer. This can be a great option if you need to be able to access your VM without an internet connection or if you have data privacy concerns. With a Local VM, you have full control over the security and privacy of your data. Some great examples of a Local VMs are VirtualBox and VMware Fusion, which let you run a virtual machine on your own computer.

Benefits of using a Local VM

Similar to a Cloud VM, the Local VM has several benefits:

– Reduced latency: Since the Local VM is on your own computer, there will be no lag due to communication between your computer and the server.

– Increased security: Local VMs are not accessible from the internet, so they are less likely to be hacked.

– Greater control: Since you are in control of the Local VM, you can customize it to your own needs. 

– Reduced costs: Local VMs do not require you to pay for a subscription or usage fees.

– You don’t need an internet connection to access your VM.

Let Us Help You at CNG IT

Cloud VMs and Local VMs are both great options for virtual machine software, with their own unique benefits. At CNG IT, we can help you choose the right VM for your needs and deploy it on any device. We offer a wide range of services to fit your business or individual needs including cloud solutions for businesses and managed IT services, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today!


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