Enabling Resiliency Through Scaling and Agility
When a company changes their infrastructure to support their growth, nothing can be more exciting or daunting. It means they have a surplus of new clients and new revenue. It can also mean that new resources are needed to handle their increase in growth. When the growth is overpowering the physical requirements of the system, it is time for the company to scale. The challenges for scaling require consideration for not just the type of scaling, but also the future security and resilience of the company. Where do they begin?
What is Scaling?
Scaling refers to the process of expanding the company’s infrastructure. It can be done by adding resources to individual servers or by adding more servers to support the growth. When new servers are needed, they can be added both physically with new hardware or virtually with external services and virtualizers. Virtual scaling can be developed even further by using new physical resources to contain the virtual resources or by looking for cloud based virtual resources to scale externally.
Why not Physical Scaling?
Adding physical servers to the company can be very cost efficient. It is easy to purchase the equipment and the costs for maintaining and updating the servers are minimal. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for IT technicians to configure the new infrastructure into the running network and may take some time to set up. They have to configure all the proper operating systems and database management systems that will be used for each device before merging them into the preexisting infrastructure.
Why not use Virtual Scaling then?
Implementing virtual servers through external cloud based services is generally configured by the partnering service, which can create less work for the IT department. However, it can become complicated when a company implements services from multiple virtualizers or server systems to maintain the services. They must monitor and keep track of all the policies of each outsourced service along with ensuring that they are upholding their maintenance and security. The price for outsourcing virtualized servers can also build up rapidly, leaving a small business wondering why they scaled in the first place.
Realistically, they still need the increased services, but how can they get them without overwhelming the IT department or increasing prices beyond a reasonable budget? The solution is to use a resilient blend of physical and virtualized infrastructure.
Try a Software Platform Built for Infrastructure
Take all the advantages of affordable physical services and configure it with the advantages of virtual ease. Software Defined Infrastructure Operating Systems (SDI OS) can be installed onto bare metal physical servers and configured to run almost anything, anywhere, with a simple configuration process. Not only are SDI OSs easy and fast to configure, but they are hardened, cyber resilient, holistic environments that use automated features to enhance cyber security. They enable cyber resilience from the moment they are installed on the bare metal of the infrastructure.
Organizations need to start building and scaling business with cyber security in the business model to create a cyber resilient organization. Implementing infrastructure that is custom tailored for cyber resilience will enhance business continuity and significantly reduce the costs for scaling and configuration complications. Many of the configuration complications disappear, when the infrastructure growth is built upon an automated platform that can be configured directly on the bare metal of the physical server. The simplicity of deploying a platform that can run anything, gives organizations the freedom to scale and manipulate architecture, without gaudy costs or complicated configurations.