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Web-scale IT to be architectural approach for 50pc orgs

Web-scale IT will be an architectural approach found
operating in 50pc of global enterprises by 2017, up from less than 10pc in
2013, according to Gartner.

“Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google,
Facebook, etc. are reviving the way in which IT services can be
delivered,” said Cameron Haight, research vice president at Gartner.

Web-scale IT will be an architectural approach found
operating in 50pc of global enterprises by 2017, up from less than 10pc in
2013, according to Gartner.

“Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google,
Facebook, etc. are reviving the way in which IT services can be
delivered,” said Cameron Haight, research vice president at Gartner.

“Their capabilities go beyond scale in terms of sheer
size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility. If enterprises
want to keep pace, then they need to emulate the architectures, processes and
practices of these exemplary cloud providers,” he said.

“Web-scale IT looks to change the IT value chain in a
systemic fashion. Data centers are designed with an industrial engineering
perspective that looks for every opportunity to reduce cost and waste. This
goes beyond redesigning facilities to be more energy efficient to also include
in-house design of key hardware components such as servers, storage and
networks. Web-oriented architectures allow developers to build very flexible
and resilient systems that recover from failure more quickly,” said Haight.

Regardless of the cloud services company, a common element
among all these devices was an organizational requirement to run an open-source
OS, not only to reduce costs, but also to increase the control of IT
environments. This brings several consequences for the contemporary enterprise.
First, and perhaps most importantly, an open approach provides more options for
hardware (and data center) equipment design and procurement; where scale-out
architectures make sense. While Gartner expects that traditional suppliers will
provide solutions aligned with these blueprints, new providers will also have
offerings.

With the server hegemony broken, enterprises will have a
chance to leverage the economies of scale designed into these systems; not just
from a pricing perspective, but also from an operations expense position.
Although this cost is difficult to measure, a new sense of innovation is
beginning to steep the industry that likely will have additional benefits
further down the line for large cloud services firms, as well as traditional
enterprises.

At the same time, loosely coupled, Web-oriented architecture
(WOA)-based software architectures are enabling development teams to
increasingly operate independently, while improving overall application
resiliency. IT organizations must rethink how applications are designed if they
are to meet the requirements of Web-scale IT environments.

These requirements include; scaling performance
proportionally with the addition of resources, adapting to the needed degree of
business change, remaining resilient in the face of infrastructure fragility
and being operationally efficient as the size of the system grows.

Converging, a new application and architectural approach
puts enterprises on the path of design for operations. This means that having
examined how to tweaking performance and resiliency from the start, IT
organizations can begin to rethink their operational support. As a result,
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 25pc of global enterprise CIOs will have had
previous involvement in corporate Web-scale IT initiatives, up from less than 5
per cent in 2013.

By CIO staff

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