The Ripple Effect

The Software-Defined Future is Here

TidalScale, software-defined server, software-defined data center, composable infrastructure, right-sizing, Memory, Gordon Bell, IEEE Computer

In January, I argued that 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the Software-Defined Server. I pointed to a number of reasons why:

  • Data is growing rapidly, putting pressure on IT infrastructures that simply aren’t built to keep up.
  • To act on all that data quickly, businesses need to analyze it entirely in memory, which is 1,000 times faster than flash storage.
  • Today’s on-premise and cloud data centers typically aren’t equipped with servers that can provide a single instance of memory large enough to accommodate many data sets.
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Why Two Tech Legends Changed Their Minds About The Future of Computers

Large memory, in-memory, software-defined server, in-memory performance, in-memory computing, HANA, Gordon Bell, IEEE Computer

In 1984, Ike Nassi, now an accomplished technologist and entrepreneur, was vice president of research at Encore Computer.  He and his colleagues, along with Encore co-founder Gordon Bell, the legendary engineering vice president at Digital Equipment Corp. and originator of Bell’s Law of computer classes, submitted a proposal to DARPA. They hoped the defense-focused research agency would fund the development of a distributed approach to strongly coherent shared memory.  The work was founded on the notion that applications are more easily written, and deliver results sooner, when the data is entirely resident in memory.

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