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Servers: 12 new trends for 2020, according to Dell

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by Peter Krass on 01/24/2020
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Data is king. It’s all about transparency. And the rack’s the limit.

Those are some of the 12 hot server trends for 2020, according to the techies at Dell EMC. The Dell crew published their findings earlier this month in a report, Dell EMC’s 2020 Server Trends & Observations.

The report was compiled by Robert Hormuth, VP, technology fellow and CTO of Dell EMC’s server solutions group. Hormuth joined Dell in 2007 after working at Intel and National Instruments.

Ready for Dell EMC’s 12 server trends of 2020? Here’s your tech provider’s roundup.

1) Data is king: Data-driven insights are changing how business is run. But new challenges loom, such as how to handle the deluge of edge data being generated by the world’s 50 billion intelligent devices.

2) All hail domain-specific architectures: A new wave of AI chips is coming, and they’re all about specializing in various applications. In contrast to yesterday’s general-purpose CPUs, these new chips will focus on specific areas such as computer vision, speech recognition, natural-language processing and machine learning.

3) It’s all about transparency: Transparency into the state of an IT architecture, that is. With data accessible everywhere – in data centers, in the cloud, at the edge – data also has to be secured everywhere.

4) Game over. The server wins: The movement toward software-defined networks and storage is growing as users move from a “cloud first” strategy to one of “data first.” As IoT devices get connected to the network, organizations need to process the data either on premises or at the edge. The best tools for the job are x86 servers coupled with domain-specific accelerators.

5) Infrastructure automation, AI/telemetry: Software-defined data centers need flexible, autonomous and self-managing capabilities. These, in turn, will require advanced technologies such as zero-touch deployment, composability and advanced telemetry and analytics.

6) Play the infinite game: Digital transformation is a game with no winners or losers, no formal rules, just players. It also has a tough requirement: A strategy that embraces the edge to core to multi-cloud. All three elements, not just one, are key.

7) Think outside the box: Containers can now use hardware capabilities via application-infrastructure awareness. This lets developers marry application behaviors to specific platform functionality. The result: maximized outcomes.

8) The rack’s the limit: Rack power hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years. That's about to change. Today’s appetite for complete solutions, coupled with the rise of AI (including machine and deep learning), suggests that rack densities will soon more than double.

9) Chips for free: Okay, not exactly free. But as chip core counts scale to 64, even beyond, expect to see more linear pricing and feature-set consistency. “Chiplet” packaging should help suppliers, too, improving their yields, time to market and development risk – and ultimately driving customer adoption.

10) Bus wars are over: Current advanced interconnect technologies, aka buses, have their limits. But an innovatively different approach to buses, combining solutions from suppliers Compute Express Link (CXL) and Gen-Z, should usher in a new era of data-center innovation.

11) Persistent memory gets boring: The pieces needed to make persistent memory (PM) ubiquitous are falling into place. As this happens, PM technology will move from early-adopter applications, such as storage and databases, to more general-purpose deployments. There, PM can improve overall system cost, performance, capacity and more.

12) The World as a Service: Now is the age of everything as a service (XaaS). But users need to proceed carefully. Questions to ask include: What will be our full, long-term costs? Can we get the most from the services we’ll pay for? How will our data be used within the service? How secure will our data be, and does that include full encryption?

Get smarter with the full report: Dell EMC 2020 Server Trends & Observations.


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