We are heading towards hyper-connected 5G era. The number of 5G connections will reach 1.4 billion by 2025 accounting for 15% of the global mobile industry. At the same time, the number of global IoT connections will triple to 25 billion with global IoT revenue quadrupling to $1.1 trillion by 2025.
With IoT, AI & ML gaining wider adoption and the rapid increase in the number of smart devices that are redefining our day-to-day activities; operational simplicity and efficiency have become the top priority to address the needs of the data-driven future.
Inevitable Need for Reinvention
The enterprise data centres have gone through waves of disruption and transformation over the past couple of decades. While hardware is the single strong enabler of any system, beyond a point it also becomes a bottleneck, especially when a system has to be realigned to the changing business demands. With time, monolithic systems – tied to their hardware, become unwieldy and too large to deal with.
The core philosophy of cloud-native is about scalability, speed, agility and security. Therefore, the systems need to be freed from the shackles to make them agile and scalable. The web-scale journey is not just about adopting new technologies for the sake of it. It is an intrinsic shift from the traditional monolithic systems to lean microservice architecture.
Scale Up & Accelerate Towards Digital Future
The web-scale model provides the flexibility, resiliency and on-demand infrastructure and it has become a growing model for organisations to adopt in their journey towards the digital future. The global web-scale IT market is expected to grow from about $200 million in 2016 to $640 million by 2022 with an estimated CAGR of 17%.
Benefits of Web-scale
- Increases the scale of operations
- Accelerates the pace of change
- Minimises the cost of change
- Increases the number of teams while enabling them to deliver value in parallel and independent of each other
- Utilises core business capabilities and deliver value faster.
There are different stages in the web-scale journey. Web-scale does not refer to any particular technology or system, but is rather a transformative architectural approach to deploying and managing data centres. For an infrastructure solution to be considered as web-scale, it is essential for both the data fabric and control fabric to follow web-scale principles.
Until recently, web-scale IT was widely adopted by a handful of large scale internet companies. But now, with changing market dynamics driven by data-centric digital transformation impacting all the sectors, almost all the businesses are facing the same challenges as the internet companies. This, in turn, is driving the demand for agility and scalability in IT services to launch innovative offerings and monetise the digital services in the market.
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