Removing the virtualization layer provides access to the power and performance that many cloud computing consumers seek
By David Linthicum | InfoWorld

I’ve been saying for some time that virtualization and cloud computing are not mandatory partners. Certainly, virtualization is a tool that makes creating and managing cloud computing services easy. However, more and more, as organizations move to cloud computing, they’re asking for the omission of that virtualization layer for better performance and control. Cloud providers are now agreeing to those demands.

As reported last week, the cloud, managed hosting, and colocation service provider Internap is the latest to provide a bare-metal cloud offering. With this technology, customers get automated provisioning of dedicated managed hosting environments, meaning no hypervisor virtualization platform that has performance and functional trade-offs.

Internap is not the first; SoftLayer, Rackspace, Liquid Web, and New Servers (also known as BareMetalCloud.com) also provide access to the bare metal. You can count on more providers to join the fray as cloud computing users continue to demand that their managed hosting environments work like their native environments.

It’s a fact that virtualization is not a requirement when creating cloud computing services, but it is helpful to those who manage the service. Indeed, Google is able to provide a multitenant cloud computing platform without virtualization; there are other examples as well. Read more.