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    A Market Awakens to the Value of Software-Defined Servers


    You may have seen last week’s announcement that TidalScale was named an IDC Innovator in a recent report on software-defined solutions in the data center. IDC Innovators: Virtualizing Infrastructure with Software-Defined Compute, 2017 (March 2017) calls out TidalScale for allowing enterprises to “reuse commodity servers currently in service as workload demands arise.” That’s a gloriously concise way to bottom-line the essence of a Software-Defined Server. Even more importantly, the report’s author, Jorge Vela, IDC Senior Analyst, also handily summarizes many of the benefits of this groundbreaking scalability solution, including that:

    • Organizations struggling with workloads of varying (and ever-larger) sizes can flexibly scale up or down quickly;
    • Datacenter administrators now have more alternatives for processing workloads and transforming their infrastructures for a more efficient and flexible future; and
    • IT management can extract a longer useful life from existing hardware.

    For analysts at IDC to affirm both the technical and business value of a start-up’s offerings is a pretty big deal, so we’re excited to be featured in this latest IDC Innovators report. What’s more, this recognition comes on the heels of a string of other positive news coverage and accomplishments that together send a clear message: The market is awakening to the benefits of TidalScale’s Software-Defined Server solutions.

    Take the recent piece in eWeek stating that TidalScale “may well have come up with the biggest advance in servers since VMware's virtualization of the Intel IA-32 platform 18 years ago.” It’s thrilling to see more people recognize the groundbreaking promise and value of Software-Defined Servers.

    And at OCP Summit 2017, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jeff Frick of #theCUBE as we explored how “software-defined” is now applicable to more than storage and networking.

    All this coverage coincides with growing recognition of TidalScale’s innovations from leading platform providers. In the past few weeks, our HyperKernel software – the essential element required to create a Software-Defined Server – has been the focus of three key partner announcements:

    • Certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. TidalScale and Red Hat teamed up to run a single instance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux running across multiple industry-standard servers. Now certified for RHEL, TidalScale’s HyperKernel software enables Red Hat application containers of unlimited size at the user level and radically simplifies the infrastructure at the data center level.
    • Partnership with TIBCO. TidalScale and TIBCO have partnered to remove the traditional barriers to R performance by combining TidalScale’s Software-Defined Server offerings with TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR). TIBCO called the alliance “a milestone” in its long-time effort to improve the scalability and usability of R by allowing users to scale their work in R without any code changes whatsoever.
    • Cerftified for scaling on Ubuntu. After thorough on-site testing, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, certified TidalScale HyperKernel as a reliable and supported solution for scaling on Ubuntu. Canonical described TidalScale’s Software-Defined Servers technology as “a powerful new complement to Ubuntu’s current offering of Ubuntu Server, LXD and Kubernetes for scale out applications.”

    All this is great news not just for TidalScale, but for any organization trying to tackle big data problems and create a flexible, cost-efficient future for their data center. Learn more by watching my keynote at ODSC:

    Watch 2016 ODSC Keynote

    Topics: TidalScale, software-defined server