If you look up scalability in an English dictionary, it means a system’s capacity to expand without losing performance. As it is widely used in the technical field of the IT sector, it has become a new word in the Portuguese language. In recent years, this word has appeared in search results, and is directly related to the benefits of the cloud.

Thanks to scalability, the user only pays for what he consumes – the traditional pay-per-use model. With this, there are no excessive costs and unnecessary consumption of resources, and the infrastructure risks are also reduced. For startups, this flexibility is even more striking, because it optimizes resources and helps to minimize costs.  But, depending on the implementation requirements of your company, the application of the new elastic environment demands specific competencies. Let’s learn a little more about this scalable structure.

The theory of scalability

Theoretically, we can define scalability as a characteristic of a system that indicates its capability to handle a growing portion of work in a uniform manner, in other words, the capacity of the infrastructure to meet a growing demand for use. How can it be overcome? Merely by optimizing infrastructure resources, with the aim of obtaining the maximum performance from the computers. Any company, irrespective of its size, should be concerned with this question.

Have you considered the possibility that your company may not be fast and efficient enough to cope with growth? This results in losing great business opportunities due to changing circumstances. That’s why, when you’re building your IT infrastructure, you should think about scalability not as an additional resource, but as a necessity. Having virtual systems working with cloud models will certainly address the growing storage needs of your company, so that your company gains competitive advantages.

The bigger the expansion, the lesser the resources

With the climatic changes occurring on the planet, environmentalists talk a great deal about responsible consumption of natural resources. In the field of technology, the intelligent use of IT structures is one of the main focuses. Today, scalability provides the concept of virtual, rather than physical, elasticity of the Data Center. With this, the company can expand its capacity and performance without suffering from inactivity or undertaking expensive updates, as well as enjoying economy of space, consolidation of equipment and reducing the consumption of energy resources.

But why is it the principle benefit of the cloud?

For Mike Small, a member of the Information System Auditing and Control Association (ISACA), scalability is the greatest benefit for cloud computing. According to him, companies will be able to reduce costs as well as having access to the latest technologies. But in order for your data to successfully migrate to the cloud, it is necessary to establish a good level of governance, mainly to prevent breaches of security and to manage identities and access.

The main causes of concern, which generally lead to IT organizations adopting monitoring initiatives, are the demanding legal and contractual requirements related to the storage and security of data. Accompanying the virtual model, there should always be security to guarantee the safety of important information.

A new way to manage IT

Formerly, the management of IT infrastructure represented the centralized and physical control of the computer installations. But with the emergence of the cloud, IT has undergone modifications to be able to meet the growing demands of the corporate market. The management of this scalable infrastructure also faces challenges to redefine a model for monitoring hybrid environments, in both the traditional IT part, and the virtual part in the cloud.

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