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CIO as Frankenstein: Creating a Monster Infrastructure with Web-Scale IT

Gartner projections do not bode well. By 2016, 80 percent of large companies will face risks due to lack of capacity and performance management skills for horizontally-scaled architectures. In other words, we need web-scale IT for this monster called the Internet of Things. Scary open source technologies are disrupting the status quo, with Oracle’s WebScaleSQL adding to the rampage of companies like Google and Facebook.

Web-Scale Salvation

Ben Rossi, writing for Information Age, knows that the only way to salvation is through helping engineers cope with high quantities of data, processes, and service delivery. Businesses that aren’t on top of the web-scale game will find themselves six feet under the competition running comparatively cumbersome operations:

‘Cloud enables the industry-specific capability to be out of the box and may even remove the customer idiosyncrasies.’ As well as allowing them to scale and grow rapidly, web-scale IT helps enterprises deploy new projects, apps and platforms at faster speeds. This is a win-win for the customer and the business because it helps businesses to keep up with the fast-changing demands of the modern consumer. Companies clearly benefit from cost savings, but more significant advantages come from flexibility and reduced time to market, as well as expanded revenue-generating opportunities.

Security Fears

For some, the most unsavory aspects of web-scale IT are those that affect security. Others in the IT realm feel that businesses are wasting time trying to keep up with the “bad guys” by incessantly updating signature based products. But CIOs should consider the network ramifications of not adopting web-scale IT, since attention is being paid more than ever to performance capabilities. One possible solution is to adopt industry-standard HTML5 Websocket technology to deal with network infrastructure and scalability issues.

It Approaches

There is ample time for industry leaders to adopt web-scale standards. The alternative pits large IT firms against smaller, more disruptive firms that are favored by the web. Some companies will need to take drastic measures to succeed in the transition. Be forewarned, it’s coming.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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