“We didn’t believe it either. But the TidalScale team is not fooling around here.”
These are two of my favorite sentences in Timothy Prickett Morgan’s excellent recent piece for TheNextPlatform in which he details the longtime quest to achieve “a big ole flat memory space that is as easy to program as a PC but brings to bear all that compute, memory and I/O of a cluster as a single system image.”
The fact is, TidalScale has found that Holy Grail—offering the ability to right-size servers of virtually any configuration using commodity servers, and all completely on the fly and with no modifications to operating systems or applications.
Few descriptions of TidalScale’s Software-Defined Server technology have resonated so well, and have been delivered so clearly, as Prickett Morgan’s synopsis of how TidalScale technology works and why it’s so groundbreaking. He also finds room for a point that I particularly love, quoting Dr. Ike Nassi, TidalScale’s founder and CTO: “We are not certified as a virtual machine, but as hardware.”
It’s an important point. The fact is, right-sized Software-Defined Servers created with TidalScale technology don’t appear or act like clusters or really like virtual machines, but as actual hardware. In fact, TidalScale is certified as hardware by both Red Hat and Canonical. Through TidalScale virtualization those multiple server resources appear to users simply as a single hardware system. This makes the experience of using a Software-Defined Server easy for users of virtually any technical level. This means TidalScale Software-Defined Servers can effectively float over available hardware, sizing and resizing to adapt to user needs without requiring end users to learn anything new.
TidalScale compatibility combines with the flexibillity advantages of virtualization to deliver surprising utilization improvements for IT staff trying to make the most of existing hardware resources. The TidalScale WaveRunner GUI, a point-and-click control panel, makes right-sizing accessible to practically anyone. TidalScale's REST API allows Software-Defined Servers to be created and destroyed dynamically and automatically by data center infrastructure management tools. In one example, simple integration of TidalScale WaveRunner capability and standard infrastructure process tools combines to improve hardware utilization and throughput 21x.