The Need for High Scalability, Who is it for?

ILAN PARETSKY on May 05, 2015 | 2754

In February 4, 2004, Facebook was launched with a small number of members from some universities, fast-forward to 2015 and it now has more than 1.3 billion users globally. Granted Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates were optimistic about their new endeavor, but not even they could have predicted such a meteoric rise. The need for high scalability in a growing number of today’s enterprises in both the public and private sector is essential. This is due to several factors such as the need to enable agile data center transformation or to accommodate natural growth and acquisitions & mergers.

Today, the scale of a business can increase dramatically over a short period of time; having a non-scalable platform can actually prove to be costly. While achieving the scale Facebook has attained is a rare occurrence, organizations have to understand the business processes, systems and functions of their enterprise to determine their capability in meeting demand, whether it be gradual, predictable or sudden – and no matter how large it is at any given time.

Having a clear understanding of these facts makes it possible to come up with a realistic scenario of what type of scalability is needed, which is different according to industry and technology. While manufacturers have different criteria for how they scale, in the digital world solutions are available to enterprises as well as SMB’s that give organizations the flexibility and agility to scale on either direction at a moment’s notice. This type of scalability is made possible with cloud technology and hosted services.

More organizations are moving from the costly and labor-intensive on-premises access infrastructures of the past, but there are still companies that have their IT infrastructure on-site, requiring a lengthy and expensive process to install the necessary software and hardware if they want to increase their capacity.

Ericom Connect is an access solution based on grid architecture that scales to support demand for an unlimited number of users. It offers a desktop experience for end-users that is seamless and accessible anytime and anywhere on any device.

So the answer to the question, “Who is scalability for?” is “Everyone.”
Financial companies that conduct hundreds of thousands transactions daily, schools with ever increasing off-site, online programs and a growing number of students accessing the network with mobile devices, entertainment sites with millions of members and more. With high capacity, reliability, business continuity and redundancy as well as web-scale IT, there are no limitations as to how large a business can grow.

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Ilan Paretsky

Chief Marketing Officer | Ericom Software

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