Key Principles to Web-Scaling a Network

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Learn from the Giants

The Amazons, YouTubes and Netflixes of the world, along with other web-scale giants, have effectively reinvented the way that services are delivered and pioneered the web-scale IT concept. They have been driving the rapid adoption of cloud services, on-demand networking and virtualization that is now spreading to the mainstream. It's clear that the massive growth of data centers, cloud and virtualization are overtaxing today's network infrastructures and exposing their inflexibility. But these challenges also provide a blueprint for where networks must evolve. When we refer to the web-scale effect, we are talking about adopting the lessons learned from the leading web-scale networks and how they are architected, deployed and operated. The fundamental principles of web-scale networks — ensuring that they are scalable, fast and agile — should be applied during all network builds.

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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