Resistance is Futile: Terraforming the Data Center

By Scott Shadley - 2015-06-17

The greatest threat ever to Starfleet was the BORG, a collective that adapted and evolved using technology that wasn’t their own. Through this process, the BORG became a “super villain” in the world of Star Trek. So why does it matter? In my last blog post, I talked about reaching for the clouds in 2015. I thought I would continue down that path and rely on a few Starfleet references to help illustrate where we are going and the synergies that Micron and storage technologies bring to the market. 

The data center, I would contend, is comparable to the BORG. The data center continues to evolve, improve, and grow in strength, while creating no real innovation on its own. It requires input and support from all the pieces that it consumes. The single biggest driver of the growth and innovation is actually the storage that the data center consumes. The fact that data centers are assimilating this new technology in a full-on focused way—much like the BORG—is a welcome addition to the enterprise landscape.

Why is it so important that we pay attention to this assimilation fact? The concept of enterprise SSDs usually implies being costly and bulletproof. This is in line with SAN and storage arrays and is required in order to be a true single medium of choice for these applications. The data center, where all data exists at least twice in replication much like the BORG, the storage does not require the same level of hardened performance and reliability, but it does require cost sensitivity. This is one way the modern data center and the BORG differ. In the future Starfleet world, money was no object; today, we live and breathe based on the amount of available funds we have to spend. Whether it’s power, square footage, or just storage space (even virtual), there is a cost. When you scale out, up, down, or in, there is a cost associated.

This is where the new data center-class SSDs come in. They’re all about reliability, and they’re light on cost. Micron’s M500DC and another upcoming product this summer are both part of a growing portfolio and key examples of adaption and assimilation of new use cases and care-abouts in the data center. Adding Micron SSD products to the data center allows IT managers, cloud customers, and even individual users to see how Micron adds extreme value to the collective data center platform. The evolution and uniqueness of Micron’s drives also provide ease of adaptation.

At the end of the day, resistance is futile. SSDs are here to stay, grow, evolve, and innovate in the data center, and I am extremely excited to be a part of the Micron team involved in the assimilation of data to meet the world’s storage needs. There are so many new ways, interests, and views on how to drive this change that we are beyond the year of the SSD; we are now in the era of SSD evolution. No one drive is perfect, and no one data center has a single need.

If you’re interested in chatting about this topic or if you feel you have what it takes to drive this kind of innovation, please reply and let us know now! We have positions open and wheels in motion to drive forward—with customers, partners, and future employees!

Scott Shadley is a Senior Product Line Manager and purveyor of all things data storage.  He is committed to stopping the spin, one day at a time. You can find him on Twitter @SMShadley

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