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Part 1: Composable Infrastructure for the Modern Data Center

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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 to

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Why More Data Centers Will Be Software Defined

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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.

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The Cloud as Rainmaker

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In case you missed the news the other day, the analysts at Gartner have just named TidalScale a Cool Vendor in its 2017 Cloud Computing Report[i].  This latest report from one of the world’s most respected research outfits affirms once more that the time is right for TidalScale’s Software-Defined Servers, which bring flexibility to modern data centers by enabling organizations to right-size servers on the fly.  (I say “affirms once more” because TidalScale was named an IDC Innovator just a few weeks ago.) 

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Why Wait for HPE’s The Machine?

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Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled a prototype of a massive server designed around memory – 160TB of it in fact. In announcing this concept system, which is the latest project in HPE’s research effort known as The Machine, HPE chief Meg Whitman reasoned, “We need a computer built for the Big Data era.”

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3 Secrets to Right-Sizing a Server

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I’ve grown accustomed to the stares of disbelief. It usually starts like the conversation I had the other day with some folks from a leading North American insurance company. They were planning to roll out an advanced new analytic model. Trouble was, they had no way to predict how much compute or memory capacity they’d need.

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Predicting Yesterday’s Weather

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While it’s true that we can never predict tomorrow’s weather with 100 percent reliability (at least not yet), at the same time it’s true that we can predict yesterday’s weather with 100 percent certainty.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, it turns out that meteorologists aren’t the only people who use historical data in an attempt to predict reasonable futures. 

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Why Not Just Build a Bigger Box?

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Dr. Ike Nassi founded TidalScale on the premise of aggregating the resources available in one to many commodity servers so they can handle huge database, graph, simulation and analytics computations entirely in memory. 

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The Trouble with Hadoop

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Whenever IT folks talk about handling their big data problems by scaling out with Hadoop, I tend to think about the 1986 comedy, “Big Trouble in Little China.” It chronicles the mishaps that ensue when a trucker gets dragged into a mystical battle in Chinatown. It’s kind of awful, but with John Carpenter in the chair and Kurt Russell on the screen it still delivers some laughs.

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Why You Need a BFC (Part 2)

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Last week, I looked at some of the compelling reasons for transforming a set of commodity servers into a big flexible computer, or BFC.  At TidalScale, we call this a Software-Defined Server -- a single virtual machine operating across multiple nodes, and that makes all the aggregated resources available to the application. But for today’s blog, it’s BFC all the way.

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9 Ways to Press the Easy Button for Scalability

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In some recent blogs, we covered eight reasons why Software-Defined Servers can help reduce OpEx and CapEx, while helping data center managers extract maximum use and value from existing IT resources. And last week, we illustrated how you can achieve some startling real-world performance gains by implementing Software-Defined Servers.

Today, let’s look at how simple, straightforward and transparent Software-Defined Servers are. 

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A Market Awakens to the Value of Software-Defined Servers

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You may have seen last week’s announcement that TidalScale was named an IDC Innovator in a recent report on software-defined solutions in the data center. IDC Innovators: Virtualizing Infrastructure with Software-Defined Compute, 2017 (March 2017) calls out TidalScale for allowing enterprises to “reuse commodity servers currently in service as workload demands arise.” That’s a gloriously concise way to bottom-line the

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300x Performance Gains Without Changing a Line of Code

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In Gary' Smerdons last post, he listed eight ways Software-Defined Servers can help reduce OpEx and CapEx, while helping data center managers extract maximum use and value from existing IT resources.

As vital as these benefits are to IT, operations, finance and other areas, the ability to scale your system to the size of your problem is just as beneficial to scientists and analysts – the people on the front lines of big data analytics.If you fall into that camp, then you’re probably familiar with the dreaded “memory cliff.”

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For Cloud Infrastructure Providers, a Way to Do More than Ever Before

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Guest Blog from Sheng Yeo, CEO of OrionVM, a partner of TidalScale

Cloud infrastructure providers today don’t have much flexibility when it comes to the systems they use. Resources devoted to running specific applications and workloads are generally confined to the limits of a single system, typically a “sweet spot” server that perhaps offers 24 cores and a few hundred gigs of memory. It's a matter of economics, really: 

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Open Compute Rack & the Software-Defined Server

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Let’s take a trip back in time. It’s 2009, and Facebook has just become the No. 1 social network in the United States.  In January of that year, Facebook reports it has 150 million users worldwide. Only eight months later, membership doubles to 300 million.

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8 More Benefits of Software-Defined Servers

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In my last blog, I touched on some of the benefits that make Software-Defined Servers the crucial missing piece of the software-defined data center.  Now it’s time to look closer at why Software-Defined Servers are so beneficial, and to whom.

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The One Thing Every Data Center Needs (But Doesn't Have)

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Most data center managers – and even many end users – are familiar with Software-Defined Networking and Software-Defined Storage. These battle-tested approaches to virtualizing existing assets make it easier for resources to zig when workloads zag. They introduce significant flexibility into the data center, which is a win for practically everyone involved.

But one piece has been conspicuously missing from the software-defined puzzle: the server.

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3 Ways to Amplify Container Performance

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A recent survey of 310 IT professionals found that container production operations have nearly doubled in the past year. Container technology is popular because it provides efficient utilization of isolated resources without all the overhead of traditional virtualization.

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A Big Data Challenge, Finally Solved

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When I talk with people about the rapidly increasing volumes of data they rely on to run their business, I describe data growth in terms of the cost of sending a kid to college. Today, tuition and fees at an out-of-state public school average nearly $25,000 a year. If those costs grow at the rate that data is growing – at 62 percent CAGR – then by the time your new born daughter heads to college, her freshman year alone will cost more than $200 million!

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