If you search for the term “scalability” in the dictionary, you probably won't find it. This word is an adaptation of the English language, which designates the ability to expand a system without sacrificing its performance. This term has begun to be used extensively in the technical areas of the computer industry and has become a neologism in Spanish. In recent years, this term has been very present in search results and is directly related to the benefits offered by the cloud.

Thanks to scalability, the user can only pay for what he consumes, and decide that it fits the traditional pay-per-use model (pay-per-use in English). In this way, excessive expenses and unnecessary consumption of resources are avoided and, in addition, infrastructure risks are reduced. For emerging companies or startups, this flexibility is even more significant, as it allows optimizing resources and minimizing costs. However, depending on your company's implementation needs, the application of the new virtual elastic environment requires specific skills. Do you want to know a little more about this scalable structure?

The scalability in the theory

In theory, we could define scalability as a characteristic of a system that indicates its capacity to meet a growing workload in a uniform manner. Es decir, the capacity of the infrastructure to face a growing demand for use. But, how can it be enlarged? It is enough to optimize the infrastructure resources to obtain the maximum performance of the equipment. Any company, regardless of its size, should be concerned about this aspect.

Have you thought about the possibility that your company is not fast and efficient enough to face growth? If that's the case, you could miss out on great business opportunities due to changing conditions. For that reason, when it comes to building your IT infrastructure, it is recommended to consider scalability not as an additional resource, but as a necessity. Having virtual systems that operate with cloud models will serve to meet your company's growing storage needs and gain a competitive edge.

The greater the expansion, the smaller the resources

Due to the climate changes that have occurred on the planet, environmentalists are focusing on the responsible consumption of natural resources. In the field of technology, the intelligent use of the IT structure is one of the main focuses. Today, scalability is based on the concept of virtual elasticity, rather than physics, of data centers. In this way, the company can increase its capacity and performance without periods of inactivity or expensive updates, at the same time that it benefits from space savings, equipment consolidation and a reduction in the consumption of energy resources.

But, what is the main benefit of the cloud?

For Mike Small, member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), scalability is the biggest benefit of cloud computing. Second, this will allow companies to reduce costs and access the latest technologies. However, in order to successfully migrate your data to the cloud, it is necessary to establish a good level of management, mainly to avoid security problems and manage identities and accesses.

The main causes of concern, which generally make IT organizations obliged to adopt monitoring initiatives, are the severe legal or contractual requirements that govern data storage and security. Along with the virtual model, security must always be included to guarantee the protection of important information.

A new way of managing IT infrastructures

Before, the administration of the IT infrastructure required a centralized and physical control of the computer installations. But with the emergence of the cloud, IT starts to change to be able to face the growing demand of the corporate market. The administration of this scalable structure also faces the challenge of redefining a monitoring model within hybrid environments, both in the traditional part of IT and in the virtual part in the cloud.

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