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.Read More
Before TidalScale, I spent years working with animation software to create visual effects for major motion pictures. As part of that process, I learned something that DevOps and IT administrators have since realized: delivering on difficult schedules often means making maximum and efficient use of hardware resources, and servers in particular.
But DevOps? Read on to see what I mean.
Animation and visual effects (VFX) are enormously resource- and time-intensive. It takes a long time to render, or create, the various elements that come together in an animation or VFX. Rendering projects grind away on render farm servers over hours, so animators use render farm scheduling software to keep the farm running at maximum use if there is enough job pressure to fill the farm. Given enough job pressure (jobs in the backlog to run), anything below 85% would be considered wasteful of compute resources, and above 93% would be good enough.Read More
Last week at Silicon Valley’s storied Computer History Museum, some 200 people came together to see what’s next.Read More
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.
It has been over 50 years since Gordon Moore saw that transistor density doubles every two years. Over the decades, the interpretation of “Moore’s Law” has evolved to represent that the performance of microprocessors, and computers in general, is doubling every 18 months.Read More
TidalScale has introduced a new concept in the computing fabric: Software-Defined Servers, which allow users to aggregate off -the-shelf commodity servers together in such a way that they form a virtual machine that spans the hardware servers but looks like a single large server to an operating system. This large virtual server can run a single guest operating system like Linux and can then run application programs on that system.Read More
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.Read More
With data volumes growing at a whopping 62 percent CAGR, it’s easy to see why some organizations are worried about keeping up. They’re trying to process and analyze bigger and more complicated problems, which increasingly stresses their computing resources. Eventually, you hit the limits of what your systems can handle.Read More
As the high-performance computing (HPC) community prepares to descend on Denver for SC17 next week, its members will arrive in the Mile-High City with more baggage than the usual rolling carry-on. They’ll also be packing some long-held expectations. One of these is that it’s more or less impossible to create a real HPC system—a massive single system image—in the cloud. I fully anticipate they will leave Denver with the opposite expectation.Read More
“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.”Read More
Forrester recently called cloud computing "the most exciting and disruptive force in the tech market in the last decade." We would agree.
Visit us in Booth #309
Come see us in Booth #309 (just behind the huge IBM booth in the entry of the exhibit area) to see how you can right-size your cloud server resources to fit any data set or workload.
Software-Defined Servers are growing popular with large manufacturers, financial services firms and other innovators because of four key benefits to DevOps:Read More
Four Options for Harnessing the Flexibility & Power of Software-Defined Servers
You may have caught our big news at Oracle OpenWorld 2017 – that TidalScale has teamed up with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to enable the world’s largest servers. It’s a big deal for us, but an even bigger deal for users of Oracle Cloud who have found they need more compute, memory, storage or I/O than any single bare metal server in the Oracle Cloud can provide.Read More
How the WaveRunner API Enables Tomorrow’s SDDC Innovation, Today
Guest blog post by Chris Busse, CTO at APIvista
In my consulting work, I encourage enterprises of many sizes to use standardized APIs across their business areas. This means I’m often called upon to explain what an application programming interface is to non-technical stakeholders.
Some developments challenge our accepted notions of what things are and how they’re created. Uber and Airbnb, for instance, caused us to rethink what transportation and lodging mean in the new sharing economy. Then there’s Amazon, one of the granddaddies of disruptors.Read More
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:Read More
Part 1: The Need for Composable Infrastructure
New approaches to infrastructure design are required for businesses to keep up with the amount of data that is generated, and whose timely analysis is of paramount importance for the business to remain competitive in the digital economy. Newer approaches to infrastructure must focus on efficiency toRead More
A new report projects that the global Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) market will grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate through 2021. The authors, an India-based outfit called Wise Guy Consultants, estimate that the total market size for SDDC goods and services will reach $81.4 billion in the same period.Read More