Key Principles to Web-Scaling a Network

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Go Viral

Network providers of all types need to be able to scale their networks when the next news story goes viral, or television series becomes available, or product is launched across the web. Today, if a promotion or product hits the right note, there is a massive spike in traffic on the website. Retailers have to design business portals (and supporting IT) to support millions or tens of millions of users, and the Facebooks of the world need to be ready for the next big "share-able" video.

Enterprise network architectures should take into account both the internal needs that connect data centers or content centers together for the rapid creation, replication, and distribution of content, and also the external functions that connect users to that content.

In the days when businesses expanded through brick-and-mortar investment, entrepreneurs and business leaders were able to control how fast people were able to access their services, and scale up smoothly in response. In more recent years, social media and the rise of on-demand video, online gaming and over-the-top services has ushered in an age of viral growth. Gracefully supporting the "going viral" nature of our world is what the next generation of networks is all about, and it is starting to affect enterprises as much as content providers.

A "web-scale" network is one that can get big, fast, to keep up with these trends. The term was first used to describe the data center and content distribution architectures used by Internet content providers, who needed to build these architectures to service hundreds of millions, if not billions, of users. Enterprises are now leveraging similar design practices to address the "always on" challenge as more of their applications are migrated to the cloud. According to Gartner, web-scale IT will be an architectural approach found operating in 50 percent of global enterprises by 2017.

The following slideshow from Rick Dodd, senior vice president of portfolio marketing and strategic market development, Ciena, chronicles the key steps network providers must take to web-scale their networks to support the size of the web and viral nature of our world.

 

Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

 
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