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Open Server Summit 2014

I’m thinking about the Open Server Summit this week – and the next wave of server and storage design.

The conference taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center Nov. 11-Nov. 13 will show the clear links between server design, and the need to support workloads based on Cloud Computing, Big Data/Analytics, Social Media and Mobility.

These megatrends, which IDC calls “the Third Platform” and Gartner calls the “Nexus of Forces” are pervasive – they cannot be ignored and they must be supported in data centers – both for Cloud Computing and Enterprise Computing.

Server Design Is Evolving

Server design is evolving to bring the technology pieces closer together, for greater performance. Processors, storage and networking, which used to be viewed as separate components, are now seen as vital ingredients to more integrated, unified systems. This approach is in synch with computer science, which has long shown that distances within the server must get shorter, in order to reach the next step of high throughput computing.

Years ago, this kind of integrated, or hyper-converged, system was not possible. Materials science could not produce the density of circuits, and could not shrink the components enough, to achieve integrated computing in a small, and economical, package.

Today, all that’s changed. Cloud computing relies on racks of small, powerful servers – each with multi-core processors and high-bandwidth interconnects, to build a fast, scaled-out architecture. But things have gone a step further, as enterprises are adopting this web-scale approach to computing, as well.

Flash technology has a strong role to play in facilitating the new wave of server design – as large data-stores are brought directly inside the computer “box” – and large datasets are quickly transferred from the network, for high I/O rates into, and out of, the server itself.

SanDisk® Speaking Sessions at Open Server Summit

SanDisk® is participating in the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara, presenting on Cloud Server Design, the Future of Servers and Flash on the Memory Bus.

  • Flash on the Memory Bus” will be featured on Thursday, November. 13, starting at 8:30 AM. The formal title of the session is: “Unleash Storage Performance with Flash on the Memory Bus.” Hemant Gaidhani, SanDisk Enterprise Director, Product Marketing and Management, whose technical team performs benchmarking tests of servers running flash, will present this session.
  • The Cloud Server Design panel on Thursday focuses on the way Cloud is influencing server systems, as they evolve into denser packaging and smaller form-factors. I’m looking forward to moderating this panel discussion. Panelists include: Brian Payne, Executive Director Platform Marketing at Dell; Gary Lyng, Senior Director of Product Management at SanDisk’s emerging technologies group; Sev Onyshkevych, CMO of FieldView Solutions; and Ben Woo, Managing Director of Neuralytix, a market research firm.
  • The Future of Open Servers and Open Storage panel, also on Thursday, continues this theme, with a wide-ranging discussion of changing assumptions about how servers will support the workloads of 2020, and beyond. I’ll be on this panel, along with Anil Vasudeva, President of IMEX Research; Amit Sanyal, Senior Director of Product Management/Technical Marketing at Dell, and Akber Kazmi, Senior Product Line Manager at Avago Technologies.

You’ll find the Open Server Summit at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Nov. 11-13 – just across the street from the new Levi’s Football Stadium, a new and prominent landmark just off Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, California.

I look forward to seeing you in the audience during our sessions. I’ll be tweeting from the event at @jbozman, and you can follow the conversation with @SanDiskDataCtr.


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