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Bringing Hyperscale Computing to the Enterprise

Published: 25 March 2016

ID: G00297403

Analyst(s): Jim Burton


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


  • Introduction to Hyperscale Computing
  • Three Hyperscale Approaches


  • 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


  • 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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