Mobile Phone Technology Will Be Used In The Data Centers Of Tomorrow
We are using smartphones today at an increasing rate. Many of us may not be aware of the massive efforts that are invested behind the scenes to make all these applications, tweeting, emailing, notifications, photo-sharing and messages as good as possible.
This technology forms a huge infrastructure. Servers can hardly handle the amount of data that is constantly used.
There is a true revolution happening in the world of mobile technology, from the smartphones that we use every day to the datacenters and the data center tech that are used to support these devices.
The Classical Datacenter Model Has Reached Its Limits
The classical type of datacenter network that was meant only for desktop computers and notebooks is now obsolete. The Internet of Things, which is the interconnection of embedded computing devices with the infrastructure of the internet, allows the connection of billions of devices.
The number of new endpoints must now be considered along with the number of users. The main concern is getting more power, because the classical type of datacenters cannot handle the power requirements anymore.
In this way, mobile technology is not just putting pressure on datacenters, but is actually transforming them and can provide new opportunities for startups.
Is The Mobile Supply Chain Taking Over The Datacenter?
In 1981, the IBM PC was released and it had two floppy drives. Datacenters functioned on Unix minicomputers until this IBM computer came out. Not many people imagined back then the impact of this release on datacenter technology.
The price of datacenters has become lower after the PC architecture started to be used more and more. Datacenters used today were developed around the new features that were implemented over time in the new PC, such as Windows Server, Linux and x86 server virtualization.
According to mobile devices retail, UniqueMobiles, today, the majority of innovations are made for the mobile technology. A new form factor was developed for supporting a new class of components: smaller microprocessors, new hardware for networking, flash memory and many others.
Mobile components that have low power consumption and a low price, like the lightweight processor called ARM, are starting to be used in modern datacenters.
These platforms that support our mobile phones will be based on the same technology found in the phones.
Knowing this, the answer to the question is:
Yes, the mobile supply chain is taking over the datacenter.
The Transition From Big Components To Smaller Components
Normally, it would seem that there is a need for bigger microprocessors and components. But the truth is the bigger the components are, the more power is needed and the more heat is created inside a datacenter. Because of this fact, the only viable solution is using smaller hardware.
Moore’s Law, which says that the number of transistors of a dense circuit doubles every two years, has increased the computing power that we can use and the scale of information, applications and resources that are used worldwide. But, a limit has been reached and the mobile revolution is necessary.
Passing from big components to smaller hardware isn’t enough. The idea is to eliminate proprietary hardware components and replace them with commodity parts that come from the mobile supply chain.
Just imagine that large boxes of hardware that consume a lot of power can now be replaced by small machines that resemble mobile phones and that are interconnected with the use of software.
The reason for which mobile phones are not equipped with fans is that they are specifically meant to function at great variations of temperature. This has been made possible by implementing various optimizations for power consumption and cool operation.
Efficiency, Low Costs And High Performance
For the datacenters of the future, the power and cooling costs will be decreased dramatically. The floor space needed for each CPU will be less than before. The new platforms will work more efficiently and they will be cheaper. No performance is sacrificed when multiple smaller parts are connected to work together.
This means that the infrastructure blueprint already has an impact on the services provided by Google, Facebook or Twitter. Wall Street doesn’t define datacenter architecture anymore. There is no reason for companies to use legacy architecture like the one used in the banking industry, because there are commodity hardware systems that can serve billions a day.
These systems will become more and more accessible in the near future, for everyone.
The Immense Opportunity For Startups Provided By The Datacenters Of The Future
The use of mobile technology in datacenters is establishing a basis for a new generation of companies. The idea for startups is not the one to challenge Intel, but this can happen sometimes. It is to make systems that are mostly managed by software instead of building systems that are based on hardware capabilities.
These systems will include ARM processors, new networking solutions and flash storage. The shift will allow companies to access all the levels of a computer-networking stack, without the need for resources from a big company. Even if not all items will come from the cloud, they all become a service.
Many of the applications that are inspired from mobile technology are provided from the cloud, in the form of a service. This will lead to a shift without intention to the use of cloud infrastructure inside companies. These new applications that will have a SaaS model (software-as-a-service) will be adopted at a departmental level.
IT departments may not even become aware of the change. This will eliminate the need for extensive beta tests and long proof-of-concept phases. The applications will have the trial option before anything is bought, directly from the cloud. Instant updates will be provided to infrastructure users and they will not have to wait for many months before they can use an application.
An additional benefit comes in the form of reduced cycle times for adoption. Incumbents will not be able to keep up, because SaaS has different customer service processes, sales, revenue recognition models, R&D, engineering, etc. Legacy companies may have to adopt the new generation infrastructure for not being left behind.
The whole stack will now be re-invented for startups through a mixing hardware obtained from the mobile supply chains, SaaS and open-source building blocks.
In the past, startups that didn’t fit the legacy stack of computer-networking database were easily rejected by restricting the access to the API of a stack. The reason was that there were API’s at the top and bottom of each layer.
Today, startups can provide solutions at every level of the infrastructure stack. The stack can be bypassed and there is no need for startups to be part of it.
The opportunity for these companies is immense now, as they can develop new applications and businesses using these new platforms based on a new type of datacenter tech.
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