Web-scale IT in brief is a collaboration of all the things happening at large cloud services firms such as Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. which helps them achieve greater degree of service delivery. The approach is to design, build ,manage Infrastructure at any scale to any size of business or enterprise.
In their recent research, Gartner predicts “By 2017 Web-Scale IT Will Be an Architectural Approach Found Operating in 50 Percent of Global Enterprises”
It was actually Gartner that first introduced the term Web-scale IT back in 2013; Gartner says the term is its effort to describe the IT initiatives at large cloud services firms that enable them to achieve extreme levels of service delivery as compared to many of their enterprise counterparts. The Gartner Network Blog “Enter Web-scale IT” explains “there are six elements to Web-scale IT—industrial data centers, web-oriented architectures, programmable management, agile processes, a collaborative organization style and a learning culture.”
In terms of an IT architecture, Web-scale was designed from the start to manage a large amount of data, applications and multiple devices. The real advantage in adopting Web-scale IT is that it makes the organizations more agile by providing them with scalable, flexible, easily deployable and cost-effective IT operations.
A common quality of Web-scale IT is its use of open source technologies such as Linux as an operating system and Open Stack for cloud computing. The OpenStack platform is a massive, global collaboration of developers, leading tech companies, service providers, researchers, and users. The emergent construct from Web-scale IT is the notion of software-defined data centers.
As per Gartner, the effect of DevOps on tools, processes and organizational structure adopted, is resulting in not only the acceleration of application delivery; it is also creating an environment of continuous experimentation.
IT Organizations are starting to embrace Web-Scale IT and plenty of them have already started using Open Stack and DevOps. For enterprises embarking on cloud implementation journey, web-scale IT is expected to be central to their IT deployment strategy. With increasing demands from consumer for always-ready and available digital services, IT leaders are rethinking their stand on IT infrastructure and are considering new paths to public, private and hybrid clouds.
Hence it is understandable that in 2015, Web-scale IT will become integral to the administration of an enterprise’s digital business strategy and will serve as a competitive advantage for them in their endeavor to deliver key business initiatives in the years to come.