Taking the scalability issue out of the equation
When it comes to performance, we can only be sure of one thing. No matter if we use RISC-based, standard Intel®-based or proprietary servers, the top performance of today will be considered a mediocre performance tomorrow. We can also be sure of that the price for server hardware will go down at the same rapid pace as the speed goes up.
The only way to be sure to take the scalability issue out of the equation is to get a linear scalability when adding more servers. With the fast development of server hardware, it is important to go with a server platform that can offer the best price-performance-ratio.
We achieve carrier-class scalability by distributing our system over different layers running in several standard Intel®-based servers. This provide the most cost-effective server platform for delivering additional performance by just adding another server.
The Intel®- architecture offers economy of scale thanks to its pure volume in number of units. This means you will not risk doing large investments in individual high performance servers, that may not fit the purpose at the end. True linear scalability can only be achieved with 100% flexibility in both hardware and software.