Report

Web-scale IT for the enterprise: the journey to data-center modernization

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Web-scale IT
  4. Considerations and best practices
  5. Key takeaways
  6. About Barb Goldworm

Summary

Web-scale principles, architecture, and technologies have enabled some of the largest and most successful web companies and cloud service providers such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft to build highly successful hyperscale datacenters. Enterprises are taking notice. They face significant challenges, as well as shortcomings in their traditional IT infrastructures, as they compete with public cloud providers and try to respond to user demands now and in the future. To compete effectively, enterprises need to learn lessons from the hyperscale datacenters and public cloud providers, and rethink the way they operate.

This report will help CIOs, IT decision makers, business strategists and decision makers, cloud platform providers, service provider executives, data managers/developers, and enterprise software and technology vendors understand the fundamentals of web-scale IT and how web-scale principles can be leveraged inside enterprise IT.

Key findings include:

  • Web-scale principles and design can help organizations build private cloud operations that achieve scalability, elasticity, resiliency, availability, and agility.
  • Hyperconvergence helps break IT silos by merging compute and storage, putting the data closer to where it’s needed, minimizing data movement, and providing the ability to manage compute and storage holistically.
  • Enterprises that would like to reap the benefits of web-scale architecture on a smaller scale, without customized efforts and dollars, should consider turnkey enterprise solutions that offer many of the same benefits without the same time, staff, or budgets.

 

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