What is Data Center Hyperscale?

By WPG AmericasJune 29, 2016

The Birth of Hyperscale

Yahoo, Amazon, Google, Facebook, eBay, Alibaba and a few such companies, account for an annual IT consumption that almost quadruples the yearly IT budget of most Fortune 500 companies. They are the biggest consumers of IT, investing billions of dollars every year. In 2007, this segment was specifically identified as “ultrascale internet” by the Intersect360 Research, which categorized them as the highest buyers of high-performance and scalable technologies.

Over time, “ultrascale internet” was named as High Performance Computing (HPC), and later, after nearly ten years of evolution, the concept finally restructured and consolidated, into what we are looking today as ‘Hyperscale’ in recent times.

Embedded Features of Hyperscale Computing

Typically used in modern environments such as big data and cloud computing,  Hyperscale epitomize where the future of IT is headed. It refers to the services and provisioning, required in dispersed computing environments that smartly levels from a few servers to thousands of servers.

The structural outline of hyperscale computing is largely different from the widespread conventional computing. In the hyperscale design, high-grade computing constructs, such as those traditionally found in blade systems, are usually discarded.

Hyperscale favors a trimmed-down product line that is unquestionably flexible and cost effective. Hyperscale architecture includes distinct characteristics, such as horizontal scalability and high throughput, as well as redundancy, designed for fault tolerance and high availability. Well-designed applications, aligned with an efficient hyperscale architecture, offers enterprises a dynamic tool to manage an agile business, allowing them to gain edge over their competitors.

It’s Time for Enterprise Data Centers to Introspect the Possibilities of a Hyperscale Platform

Before committing itself into an hyperscale environment, the key question that an enterprise needs to address, is whether or not maintaining its own datacenter infrastructure makes any strategic sense at all. In particular, this means, it is not necessary for an enterprise to offload all its applications in a cloud platform with the word go. However, taking into account factors like cut-throat competition, it is high time for an enterprise to make cost effective decisions, as to which applications can be kept in house, versus those that can be moved to a public cloud.

Hyperscale platforms are undoubtedly designed to strip-down  operational costs. Nevertheless, it is still up to the enterprise to judge the net returns deriving from being in a cloud. These days, most enterprises are opting for a hybrid cloud system, based on a mix of economic, security and operational decisions. Being in a hybrid cloud, help these enterprises to improve their infrastructure, while managing operational costs effectively.

What can Enterprises Expect from the Hyperscale?

These days there’s an impressive lineup of leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers in the cloud market. Primary usage of such services are development and test environments, and for bundled applications that need the elasticity and scalability of a cloud platform. It has been proven that clients who adopt hyperscale computing solutions, substantially gain from reduced investment, as well as scaled-down operational costs.

Over time, we will see a lot happening in hyperscale environments, but the revolution has already begun with reports citing a Dutch bank moving its entire retail portfolio in to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud system. The change is here and now!