A modern enterprise must be effective in order to be profitable. To ensure this efficiency, companies need a high-quality full-fledged IT infrastructure, which includes a range of services, subsystems, and solutions.
Infrastructure is what provides working performance for the whole application and can be measured through scalability and fault-tolerance.
Here we’ll profile VAIX, our client for whom we developed infrastructure on bare-metal servers, to share with you our firsthand experience of how having your own infrastructure can create some excellent efficiencies.
Infrastructure is not a mass-market dress, instead it should be conceived of as a bespoke suit. How your infrastructure will look like depends entirely on your project, namely its growth, functions, and goals.
Someone may plan to work with Big Data; another one needs fast message communication. For instance, if the load is high, then there is a need for more servers to distribute the whole load among them. Or if you deal with increasing amounts of data, then you need a fault tolerant database, which will keep your data safe even when the half of the servers have failed.
Let’s take Facebook as a telling example. Everyone knows that its messenger, news feed, and video calls are crucial components of the social network. Therefore, the increased focus should be on the performance of numerous messages, uploading images and high website traffic.
In our VAIX case , the client began with a small database and a server. With a growing number of clients and traffic, they added one more server to balance the load on their application. The next step was a new fault-tolerant database that would provide 50 terabytes and more of capacity. Another solution for VAIX’s infrastructure was the usage of video cards as they run seven times faster than a standard processor.
This is how we managed to provide fast and 100% reliable functioning under 24/7 uptime- by providing a custom solution according to our valued client’s needs.
Based on the needs of the client, the solution can be built both on the platform of well-known manufacturers and with the help of the local vendors, who are well aware of the specifics of the business.
The help of local vendors allows for the development of everything from scratch and can be a good option for you business.
Alternatively, the infrastructure can be Google Cloud and AWS services, which are the most popular option today for infrastructure, especially for big enterprises.
From these two options, you’re free to choose any as they both contain lucrative advantages. However, you’ll realize such advantages if you are very clear about your business needs and purposes once you decide to engage in infrastructure development. Otherwise, get ready for heavy expenses.
If your business is a big fish, then you should pay attention to a cloud solution. Which one you choose doesn’t make a big difference because the prices are approximately similar.
Yet, if you just started to make your first steps in the world of entrepreneurship, your first trouble probably is how not to fail and keep afloat. In this situation, your choice is physical servers, not cloud ones.
-Dramatically Lower Price. They are considerably cheaper compared to a cloud solution. For a typical AWS solution, you’ll pay around $5,000 per month, while for almost the same set of functionality but on a bare-metal server, you’ll need to pay just $1,000. Thus, your savings are $4,000 per month. It’s an obvious choice, isn’t it?
-Competitive Fault Tolerance Level. If you hire a professional developer, it’s possible to create even “your own AWS”. And when it comes to the same level of fault tolerance, physical servers are by no means worth more than cloud ones.
-Instant Realization. With bare-metal servers, you’re not limited in terms of development compared to cloud servers that may provide a needed opportunity only once a year.
-Inappropriate tool considering volatile traffic. Physical servers are only useful when there is a firm plan and understanding of your traffic. Let’s imagine you have a winter clothing webshop. It’s easy to predict that summer is that time when the traffic on their website will be at its lowest position. A reverse situation is winter when the shop has to be able to manage with large traffic. With AWS servers, it’s much easier to buy and sell instances than with bare-metal servers, which need more customization for these processes.
-Long development process. To achieve an ideal outcome, you need to work meticulously and prepare well. That's how it works with bare-metal servers, which are ideal for the creation of literally anything you may need for your infrastructure but at the same time you’ll have to devote yourself to them to be sure that every process functions properly and is relevant.
While writing this article, the K&C team tried to stay unbiased and attempted not to express a personal opinion regarding different technologies. We do believe that Google, as well as AWS services, are by no means less helpful than physical servers. That’s why if you’re strongly committed to cloud servers, we can help you with them as well.
All in all, we hope that this article helped you figure out the best solution for your infrastructure or at least enlightened you on this topic generally.