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Bringing Hyperscale Computing to the Enterprise

Published: 25 March 2016

ID: G00297403

Analyst(s): Jim Burton

Summary

Enterprises are seeking the benefits of hyperscale computing, but on a smaller scale to achieve lower costs, greater efficiency and true server hardware commoditization. Data center architects must base their hyperscale server choices on the right vendor partner.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

  • Introduction to Hyperscale Computing
  • Three Hyperscale Approaches

Analysis

  • Hyperscale Computing
    • Hyperscale Servers
    • Hyperscale Companies
    • Facebook's Hyperscale Data Center
    • Emerging Hyperscale Open-Source Standards
    • Drivers of the Hyperscale Server Market
    • Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Are Not Hyperscale Servers
    • Target Market for Hyperscale Servers
  • Hyperscale Computing for the Enterprise
    • Moving Hyperscale Beyond a Few Massive Data Centers
    • New Resources Needed for Hyperscale
    • Hyperscale Requires Real Change
    • Delivering Hyperscale Value for Enterprise Customers
    • Selecting the Right Hyperscale Vendor
    • Engineering Design
    • Hardware Component Planning and Procurement
    • Testing and Qualification
    • Deployment
    • Availability and Monitoring
    • Service and Support
  • Selecting the Right Procurement Approach
    • Hyperscale Vendors Selling Totally Customized Hyperscale Servers
    • Hyperscale Vendors Selling Hyperscale Servers to Enterprise Customers
    • Enterprise Vendors Selling Hyperscale Servers to Enterprise Customers

Guidance

  • Only Select Applications That Are Appropriate for Hyperscale
  • Determine If Hyperscale Servers Are the Right Fit
  • Select the Right Hyperscale Vendor and Type
    • Hyperscale Vendors Selling Real, Totally Custom Hyperscale Servers
    • Hyperscale Vendors Selling Standardized Hyperscale Servers to Enterprise Customers
    • Enterprise Vendors Selling Standardized Hyperscale Servers to Enterprise Customers
  • Recognize Hyperscale-Unique Costs
  • Understand When Hyperscale Is Not a Good Fit

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