By 2017, Web-scale IT — a pattern of computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting — will be an architectural approach found operating in 50 percent of global enterprises, according to Gartner Inc. That estimate is a significant increase from less than 10 percent in 2013.

"Large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc., are reinventing the way in which IT services can be delivered," Cameron Haight, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement. "Their capabilities go beyond scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility. If enterprises want to keep pace, then they need to emulate the architectures, processes and practices of these exemplary cloud providers."

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