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Lessons for the Enterprise to Learn From Web-Scale IT at Facebook

Published: 07 March 2014

ID: G00260839

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran, Cameron Haight

Summary

While Facebook's technology architecture has evolved to meet its unique needs, it offers valuable lessons to enterprise IT development and management leaders on how to empower engineering and operations teams to think differently and build scalable, resilient, dynamic yet low-cost IT infrastructure.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Begin Designing Your Facilities, Technologies and Tools to Enable a More Lean and Agile IT Operations Posture
    • Simplicity
    • Resiliency
    • Instrumentation
    • Automation
    • Enterprise Advice
  • Leverage Open-Source and Even Build Your Own Tools Where Skills Allow to Improve Support Capabilities
    • Enterprise Advice
  • Implement Processes That Emphasize Agility and Ownership Over Inflexible Guidelines and Controls
    • Enterprise Advice
  • Consider Letting the IT Organization Take Shape in an Organic or Self-Directed Manner
    • Enterprise Advice
  • Collaborate to Source the Right People While Providing an Environment for Experimentation
    • Enterprise Advice

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