The number of businesses employing web-scale IT architecture is set to increase to half of all global firms by 2017, a new Gartner report has identified.
At present, less than ten per cent of companies have implemented this form of data management practice, but growing confidence surrounding the technology is set to see this figure rise to 50 per cent over the next three years.
Cameron Haight, research vice president at Gartner, said organisations including Google, Facebook and Amazon are reinventing the way IT services can be delivered, with these large-scale cloud providers allowing businesses to employ open source operating systems to drive improvements in efficiency and reduce costs.
“Their capabilities go beyond scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility,” he stated.
“If enterprises want to keep pace, then they need to emulate the architectures, processes and practices of these exemplary cloud providers.”
Economies of scale will be delivered to enterprises investing in new open source data centres, as the proliferation of providers that is being witnessed at present will enable businesses to innovate in layouts and the type of servers and configurations that best suit their IT architecture.
Furthermore, web-based architectures allow for increased resilience in terms of systems recovering more quickly from failure due to greater flexibility. Overall, Mr Haight noted this shift towards more adaptable data centres will likely disrupt the traditional IT vendor market over the coming years.
“Having the architecture of the application being more resilient in the first place enables IT operations teams to implement and support leaner and more agile processes,” he concluded.
The impact of web-scale IT on businesses and the future outlook for the sector are set to be discussed at Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations and Data Center Summit 2014, which will be held in Sydney on May 21st and 22nd.
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