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    Learn About Right-Sizing in 5 Easy Steps

    I’ll be the first to acknowledge that there’s a lot to the TidalScale story. Our Software-Defined Servers enable organizations to right-size servers on the fly to fit any data set. The process of creating one is fast, flexible and easy. With TidalScale, you can:

    • Configure virtual servers of any size using your existing commodity hardware and interconnects.
    • Boot a new right-sized server in as little as a minute.
    • Run a single instance of your enterprise operation system and applications, without any changes to either.
    • When your workload shifts or your dataset grows, do it all over again just as quickly and easily.

    It takes sophisticated engineering to take something complex and make it easy to use (see: iPhone, Apple). We’ve written white papers that dig into some of the key elements of Software-Defined Servers. But if you’re just starting out on your journey to create a truly software-defined data center (or if you’ve hit your practical limit for in-memory computing, or you’re tired of over-provisioning for unpredictable workloads and still getting it wrong), we’ve also made it easier to learn about Software-Defined Servers and how they work.

    Five videos get you started

    Welcome to our Introducing TidalScale video series. This five-part collection of short videos peels back the layers of the TidalScale story. By the time you’ve viewed all of them, you’ll have a solid understanding of how right-sizing servers with TidalScale is bringing new levels of flexibility to data centers and revolutionizing the economics of working with big data.

    The series opens with my overview of unstoppable trends like the data tsunami that have created a need for Software-Defined Servers. I introduce the concept of Software-Defined Servers and explain their benefits.

    Then view the TidalScale technical overview by Dr. Ike Nassi, the company’s founder. In blessedly plain English, Ike lays out what was essentially the design goal for TidalScale, describing how all the necessary elements come together to make right-sizing a reality. In his capable hands, the story sounds as groundbreaking as it really is.

    Next up is Chuck Piercey, our product management head, who runs through an actual demonstration of our new point-and-click interface. You’ll watch as Chuck, in just a few clicks, builds a Software-Defined Server from available systems located throughout the data center – naming the new system, choosing an operating system, selecting associated storage, and then watching the new server come online.

    At this point, we expect you’ll be ready to pop the hood and see what makes all this work. Cue Michael Berman, our vice president of engineering, who provides a detailed chalk talk on HyperKernel, the foundational software that mobilizes resources within a Software-Defined Server—an essential and unique requirement for right-sizing servers on the fly.

    Dr. Kleoni Ioannidou, a longtime distributed computing researcher and a key member of our R&D staff, wraps up the series by exploring how the HyperKernel’s Machine Learning Layer observes application behavior. HyperKernel then uses what it learns to automatically flow resources (CPU, memory, I/O) across the virtual server to the location where the application needs them most. This results in a Software-Defined Server that constantly adapts to the needs of the application.

    Take a few minutes to view these brief but enlightening videos. And if you like what you see and hear, contact us for your own test drive. And find out how right-sizing servers on the fly can be right for you.

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    Topics: software-defined server, software-defined data center, composable infrastructure, right-sizing