The Ripple Effect

TidalScale's Year in the News


May (the month, not the guitarist from Queen) has always been synonymous with endings and beginnings. May marks the end of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and the practical start of summer up north. It’s a big month for graduations (another ending), and just as big for weddings. You get the idea.

So with schools about to let out for summer, I thought we should look at our own report card.

Today’s subject: TidalScale’s media and analyst traction.

Here’s the Cliff Notes summary: It was a great year marked by industry awards, widespread coverage, and sustained media and analyst interest.

Since spring of 2017, TidalScale has been recognized not only by our customers, but by independent industry watchdogs – experienced analysts and media who bring a critical eye and ask tough questions that test our mettle.

Here are some coverage highlights:

  • TidalScale was recognized by leading analyst firms IDC and Gartner as a promising up-and-comer, with the company called out as both an IDC Innovator and a Gartner Cool Vendor for 2017.
  • In March of last year, eWEEK credited TidalScale with coming up with “the biggest advance in servers since VMware's virtualization of the Intel IA-32 platform 18 years ago.”  No argument here!
  • eWEEK reconnected with us last month, writing a follow-up story about the latest release of our Software-Defined Server platform:  “Server-making startup TidalScale has unveiled the next generation of its software-defined server—what some analysts have called the missing piece of the composable software-defined data center.”
  • We broke into the tech zeitgeist last summer when we launched WaveRunner, our point-and-click orchestration software. A number of top IT trade publications covered the news or wrote in-depth pieces on the company.
  • The New Stack explained in layman’s terms TidalScale’s value proposition: “Focused on clients that need huge amounts of memory, such as for computational genomics and large-scale simulations and analytics, TidalScale has created a platform that aggregates commodity server hardware into a single software-defined supercomputer without the accompanying expense.”
  • IT Business Edge accurately described WaveRunner’s larger role in the modern, composable data center, characterizing it as “a management framework that allows IT organizations to right-size data center resources to match the specific requirement of any given workload.”
  • TidalScale makes sense, noted The Register, when “you have a massive application that’s too big for individual physical servers. Traditional run-many-VMs-on-one-physical-server doesn’t help at all here.”
  • Our very own Ike Nassi appeared on the byline twice in IEEE’s Computer with cover features on scaling computers to the problems they are trying to solve, and on scalable and coherent shared memory (penned with Gordon Bell, father of the minicomputer and TidalScale’s first investor).
  • And speaking of Ike, The Next Platform drew from a conversation with Dr. Nassi to develop a feature story that took an in-depth look at our technology: “The core of the TidalScale tool is called HyperKernel… [which] looks like one giant Linux kernel to the applications running on it, just as if they were running on a big NUMA box that costs a heck of a lot more dough than a cluster of plain vanilla Xeon servers… No, we didn’t believe it either. But the TidalScale team is not fooling around here.”
  • And later that month, Data Center Journal included TidalScale on a list of popular data infrastructure vendors to watch.  The list was fairly extensive and included incumbents, like AWS, Dell EMC and Intel, niche players like Docker and Kubernetes, and data center start-ups like ScaleMP, Pivot3 and Datrium.
  • Red Herring took a liking to us as well. TidalScale was named to the Red Herring Top 100 North America in June 2017 and Red Herring Top 100 Global in November. The awards “highlight the most exciting startups.”

And so, after what feels like a very full year, we head into the summer. We’re happy with this report card, but I wouldn’t say we’re satisfied. As we continue to grow our market presence, we look forward to sharing our customers’ success stories and the lessons and best practices that we can take away from their experience.  

Stay with us as we continue to make 2018 the year of the Software-Defined Server. After all, we certainly have plenty of momentum behind us.

Topics: TidalScale, software-defined server, server, in-memory performance, infrastructure, composable infrastructure

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TidalScale featured in e-week!
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