While cloud computing and virtualization have become more important for companies, Interop general manager Lenny Heymann said networking has fallen behind in recent years, according to a recent report by Network World. For businesses to take full advantage of virtualization and cloud computing, their networks must become more stable, said Heymann. As networks are becoming more stressed, the industry must look at what changes must be made in response to the cloud and virtualization deployments.

Virtualization allows companies to move virtual machines around at quick speeds, resulting in the networks lagging behind, he added. To remove this issue, the network must be quicker in order to keep up with the fast pace.

According to Heymann, vendors are already designing solutions to make sure performance does not suffer when companies move to the cloud.

Although virtualization may be ahead of networks in terms of a technical standpoint, small- and medium-sized businesses are taking advantage of the benefits offered by the technology. SMBs are saving money, improving stability and decreasing downtime by utilizing virtualization, according to a report by ReadWriteWeb.com.

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