||Tim Poor, Director of Field Application and Sales Engineering, discusses the top three trends in the server industry.
Server trends in general, whether it is software or hardware, consist of three trends that are driving the market.
The first being rapid increase in the size of the data sets and looking at what they now term as big data. The challenge lies in the hardware and software features that go along with big data to be able to deal with extracting information out of those very large data sets.
The second would be virtualization. Again, the challenge is trying to virtualize servers to either eliminate legacy systems that can't be moved forward or to be able to increase the utilization of the servers you have today to fit everything within your budget.
The third is cloud and the move to a cloud-based environment, whether that is a private cloud or a public cloud. For example, a university's researcher that has a very large data set that they want to crunch and they need 50 servers to do this crunching but they don't have the budget for it. By leveraging either a private cloud within the greater university or a third party public cloud, they have access to those resources without having to spend the money on the actual hardware, so they can use it and they can walk away from it.
Looking at these trends, it's a challenge for the IT directors to really grasp what's out there. There are a lot of pieces in play right now with respect to storage and compute and virtualization and software, so working collaboratively with an integrator that has a lot of knowledge and has access to manufacturers that are really driving that technology is essential.
Servers Direct can help its customers right-size the solution they're looking for. Looking at virtualization, you've got an IT director that wants to virtualize all of his solutions into a couple of servers, but he's got a couple legacy systems out there that are on dedicated hardware that can't be changed. Virtualization allows him to bring those forward onto those couple of pieces of hardware and take everything and have it on fewer servers, so you've got a much higher level of efficiency with respect to the computing. In addition, you're also spending less because you're buying fewer servers that are already built to work toward the environment that they are going to support.