The Ripple Effect

The Software-Defined Future, Brought to You by TidalScale


Last week at Silicon Valley’s storied Computer History Museum, some 200 people came together to see what’s next.

We invited these customers, partners, analysts, industry influencers and investors to see the latest generation of our Software-Defined Server platform. We showed them how TidalScale’s Software-Defined Servers are thrice as fast as before, and how they are now approaching bare metal performance. And how, on top of its accelerating performance and capabilities, TidalScale is easier to use than ever, enabling virtually anyone to build a new Software-Defined Server in just three clicks and five minutes.

Our guests saw firsthand how the TidalScale ecosystem is growing.

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  • Experts on SAP HANA flew in to demonstrate how HANA easily and cost-effectively scales on right-sized Software-Defined Servers.
  • A team representing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was on hand to show Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux and TidalScale, all hosted in the Oracle Cloud.
  • Representatives from the University of Texas-San Antonio explained how they are using TidalScale to create a software-defined data center (SDDC) stack to provide on-demand resources for researchers.
  • Sirqul founder Robert Frederick and his colleagues traveled to Mountain View to show how IoT analytics and data processing are transformed by shattering the limits of single servers.
  • Several other partners, including representatives from SuSe and InfoSys, flew in, while executives from Lenovo voiced their support of TidalScale’s vision for Software-Defined Servers.
  • In addition to showing TidalScale on certified platforms including SuSe Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS, we conducted our first ever technology demonstration of Windows Server 2016 on Software-Defined Servers.
  • We also demonstrated how running tools like Jenkins and Docker on TidalScale increases throughput by more than 20X—a dream come true for DevOps.
  • And we showed the first public technology demonstration of TidalScale running on Amazon Web Services.

>>> Catch the video recap of our event at the Computer History Museum.

All of these supporters gathered in this shrine to innovation to witness how Software-Defined Servers are answering a critical need at a time when businesses and researchers critically need answers.

They’re trapped in a perfect storm caused by data growth, lagging hardware advances, and a significant shortcoming in today’s data centers.

Data is piling up faster every day. More data was generated in the past two years than in the previous 5,000 combined.  This has led to data sets of staggering size—and a proliferation of problems that are too big or complex for even the largest servers to handle. To make matters worse, microprocessor technology isn’t keeping pace, rendering Moore’s Law, which ruled for 50 years as the yardstick for processor performance improvements, effectively dead.

Meanwhile, even as SDDCs gain widespread adoption, the heart of those SDDCs is still untouched. Virtualization solutions for storage and networking abound, but until now servers—arguably the most important assets in the data center—have remained stubbornly static.

Now, Software-Defined Servers provide the missing piece of the SDDC puzzle. They close the performance gap left by stagnating processor technology, and make it easy for organizations to stay ahead of the data tsunami. If software-defined is the future of datacenters, then TidalScale is driving the most important aspect of that future.

While they explored what’s coming, attendees had a chance to mingle with many of the people who created the tech world we know today: Gordon Bell, minicomputer pioneer; David Reed, co-inventor of the modern Internet and net neutrality champion; Robert Frederick, architect of Amazon Web Services; Fred Weber, father of the 64-bit x86 microprocessor; and Ike Nassi, the man who, along with Bell in 1984, recognized that data would eventually grow so big that processing it would require a large, strongly coherent memory space. Ike never gave up that idea, designing and refining various solutions until he figured out that the answer to not enough hardware isn’t hardware at all.

This week, the software-defined future came to life in a museum honoring computing’s remarkable past.  We’re proud to be at the center of it. 

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Learn more by viewing our video from the event. 

Topics: software-defined server, infrastructure, in-memory computing, software-defined data center, TidalScale WaveRunner

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