Trend Watch: Web-Scale IT
  • Trend Watch: Web-Scale IT

    Trend Watch: Web-Scale IT

    The term “web-scale IT” has been batted around among tech insiders in the recent aughts. It was put into official parlance in May of last year by information technology research juggernaut Gartner, who named it as one of the top IT trends for 2015.

    So what is this concept and what does it mean for business IT? Web-scale IT is “all of the things happening at large cloud services firms such as Google, Amazon, Rackspace, Netflix, Facebook, etc., that enables them to achieve extreme levels of service delivery as compared to many of their enterprise counterparts,” says Gartner’s vice president of research, Cameron Haight. He goes on to lay out the six elements of web-scale IT:

    1. Industrial data centers
    2. Web-oriented architectures
    3. Programmable management
    4. Agile processes
    5. Collaborative organization style
    6. Learning culture

    How Small to Mid-Size Businesses Can Benefit from Web-Scale IT

    For smaller businesses competing with corporate entities, embracing web-scale IT can help them be more agile and proactive. For instance, cloud computing can help a company be more available to its clients and provide more useful and flexible services. The cloud lays the foundation for a system that allows employees to communicate, collaborate, and serve customers across multiple platforms.

    Haight explains how smaller companies can use some of the elements of web-scale IT to their benefit. “Through a mixture of cloud services and in-house equipment that is right for their organization, a Web-scale approach can turn IT into a tangible competitive advantage for smaller companies in the way it has for internet giants. Web-scale techniques are applicable to organizations of many sizes, and can be adapted to support a wide range of business outcomes.”

    Cloud computing can be a game changer in retail. Imagine doing what Apple does in its stores—completing customer transactions via mobile device so that no one has to wait in line. Web-scale IT is making that possible even for small businesses.

    When you can respond faster to customer needs, you can start taking advantage of opportunities to grow your business in ways you may have thought impossible before.

    Small Biz Web-Scale IT Starts with the Cloud

    If your company isn’t on board with cloud computing, you may be missing out on the chance to use web-scale IT to broaden your business horizons. To learn more about the cloud for small business, contact Solvere One.