Web Scale. When Gartner first coined the term in 2013, few saw it was likely to be adopted by 50% of global enterprises by 2017.
But exactly how do businesses, of any size, in any vertical, achieve what large cloud service firms such as Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook have achieved? The ability to design, deploy and manage infrastructure at any scale, repackage it to suit diverse requirements, and scale it to any size.
How do they gain the competitive advantage that Web Scale doubtless brings?
For example, sizing a storage platform presents a number of variables, some can be forecast well; some cannot. Traditionally three outcomes are possible. Storage is over-sized, expenditure is excessive and TCO poor; storage is under-sized, performance is poor and top-up investments are needed – or that rarest of all things, the Goldilocks solution where everything is just right, right from the outset.
This is true across infrastructure – for servers, networking, backup and data protection – sizing and forecasting against business requirements is like threading a needle in the dark.
Managing and monitoring an increasing number of interdependent infrastructure assets also means more and more data points for admin to delve into. Yet as infrastructure becomes larger and more complex, making decisions based on that information – correlating all that data to solve and prevent problems and to optimise applications – becomes near impossible.
Similarly, Security historically focuses on the perimeter – firewalls at infrastructure’s edge to keep threats away from critical data, assets and applications. Yet firewalls can and are breached and, as we all know, there’s nothing the media loves more than a good data-loss story. Even Next Generation Firewalls that add functionality around Intrusion Prevention and Detection can fail – the new burning question is security inside the perimeter.
Web Scale IT helps address these and many other challenges by enabling businesses to reach scale without compromise, to become more agile and more efficient and deal with the challenges that become prevalent when IT is central to critical functions.
At Foundation IT we understand these challenges and know how the largest cloud services firms have tackled them. We’ve appointed vendors who are designing and building the next generation technology, we’ve created a solution stack with some of the most forward thinking – many of whom have engineering resource born out of the major cloud service firms.
So whether you are a looking to deploy a complete infrastructure from scratch based on Web Scale principals, or to augment your current platform with specific technologies from within the stack and migrate to Web Scale architecture, we can help you on your journey.