Jay BreakstoneCEO & Founder
Many of you, like me, remember the time when data storage was a segment where consumers were not necessarily spoiled with endless options. That era may be long gone, but with Liqid’s Composable Infrastructure, the best is yet to come. Datacenter architectures are quickly evolving to meet future demands, from increased deployments of artificial intelligence (AI) to the deluge of data that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are already producing. Predicting the future is an impossible task, but one thing that I am certain of is that today’s technologies pave the path for tomorrow’s innovations.
Examining these trends in a new white paper entitled “Composable Infrastructure – Datacenter for the Next Decade,” Ben Woo, Principal Analyst at the research firm Neuralytix, offers his read on how IT departments are moving toward composable infrastructure — otherwise named “Datacenter 4.0.” Composable is “the future of infrastructure architecture for 2020 and beyond.” Woo offers a great take on how infrastructure has evolved toward composable, and we’re proud to be able to share the full white paper from Neuralytix on our site.
Datacenter 4.0 is the future of infrastructure architecture for 2020 and beyond.
In the cloud era, the demand for flexibility and streamlining of server resources such as compute, networking, storage, and graphics acceleration is often valued above the user control provided by physical data servers of today. Melding these elements in a forward-thinking way is where Liqid makes its mark.
We deliver unprecedented infrastructure agility, marking the next leap forward in datacenter technology. As a global leader in composable, our fabric-deployed software platform allows users, either manually or through policy-based automation, to effortlessly manage and instantly configure physical, bare-metal server systems. It’s “the next generational datacenter,” according to Neuralytix.
In the paper, Woo notes that, “while the attraction of a DIY approach to both building a DC4 architecture may be appealing, the maintenance and support of the infrastructure is key. Just like HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) updates are all-encompassing – covering compute, network, and storage – DC4 upgrades will affect compute, GPU, memory, network, and storage also, and a lack of synchronicity, and compatibility to result in less than ideal reliability.” Addressing these concerns should be paramount for any solution provider focused on bringing composable systems to market.
Woo spells out a major difference between “datacenter 3.0” and DC4 as “the ‘As-a-Service’ part of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).” Ingenuity across a wide range of vertical markets is a key driver of the composable movement, and software advancements in financial services, scientific discovery, media and entertainment, and telecommunications, to name a few, are leading the trend.
“Once implemented, the customer experience should be as simple (or simpler) than Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure,” Woo says. This is what truly scalable data infrastructure looks like: Businesses able to build their own solutions with the most flexible, dependable and user-friendly software-defined data management platforms.
DC4 is “forward looking,” notes Woo, and Liqid’s technology and vision delivers a way forward that is years ahead of other vendors attempting to define the space. Traditional HCI and DC4 will coexist for at least the next 10 years. Neuralytix forecasts that by 2020, 5% of datacenters will run DC4 architecture and traditional HCI is a $15 billion market with 40% penetration, with composable solutions picking up considerable steam as we settle into the 20s.
So, the future of infrastructure is still being written. Liqid is looking into the next decade, when we can meet rapidly increasing needs for composable solutions both onsite and in the cloud.
Next generation innovators should take note of this exciting, transformative moment, and learn more about what Neuralytix has to say on composability.