Web-Scale IT: Coming to a business near you

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Everyone wants to sound like they know what they’re talking about. And when a new IT term comes onto the scene it often becomes a buzzword, is overused, and even misused.

The definition of web-scale IT is a good example of this. The term was introduced two years ago by Gartner to describe what happens at large cloud services businesses (think Google, Amazon, Facebook and the likes) to allow them “to achieve extreme levels of agility and scalability by applying new processes and architectures.”.

But that is not to say it is only tech giants who can benefit from web-scale architecture. In fact, a new approach to web-scale IT is set to revolutionise businesses of all sizes. It is a global-class of enterprise computing which the Computer Weekly Developer Network blog describes as “a mechanical base of compute, storage and transport interconnectivity where firms concentrate on their runtime intelligence, their process rules and data model.”

At LAN2LAN we are all too aware that web-scale IT is so much more than just a buzzword. Together with our partner network infrastructure companies – Nutanix, Silver Peak, vArmour and VMTurbo – we have incorporated the core principles and technologies of web-scale into networking infrastructure solutions. What this means is that every business can benefit, achieving a level of Google-esque capabilities, no less.

So let’s break down how it all works. The foundation of the web-scale solution we offer is Nutanix (a hyper-converged compute and storage layer) offering faster, simpler, smaller business network infrastructure solutions that provide ultra high performance. Within that infrastructure, Silver Peak’s virtual appliances boost performance across the WAN for branch or data centre backup and replication acceleration, while vArmour provides the security needed to protect against threats to your network. The final piece of the puzzle comes in the form of VM Turbo, enabling customers to dynamically assign workload resources so that applications get the resources they need instantly and on-demand.

Of course, all that happens behind the scenes. What you want to know is what this means for your business and its bottom line. As a competitive business you will constantly be looking for ways in which to use technology to drive business growth forwards. This, therefore, means you are also looking for greater agility in the IT services you use. Web-scale IT offers that and more.

It has introduced software-led distributed architecture methodologies that conform to the operational prowess of Google et al, and do not need a highly skilled in-house team to configure, manage and maintain. Plus, not only does it offer predictable scale and eliminate guesswork, it also has great cost benefits, brings additional business agility and lowers TCO. Of course, you’d expect nothing less from global-class computing.

In short, web-scale IT is starting to close the gap between your business and the consumer Internet giants. In terms of IT infrastructure trends, web-scale IT is currently among the best, building on the applications and services businesses already operate and offering an all-in-one, comprehensive solution.

At LAN2LAN we recognise that no two businesses are the same. Web-scale IT is not a one-size-fits-all concern, and we work hard to ensure that we design the IT service delivery to best suit individual businesses. Contact LAN2LAN to find out how our secure accelerated data centre solution can take your business forward on 0870 787 4001 or email info@lan2lan.com


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