Top 10 major server trends for Dell Technologies in 2021
In the server market, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Edge, and Cloud Architecture continue to inject “fresh blood” In 2021, what hot trends will impact server technology and products?
To participate in the survey, Dell Technologies invited senior technical experts from the group’s internal servers. They assembled a server growth pattern and observation study for 2021 based on thoroughly listening to the opinions of the experts. Let us peek at the experts’ top 10 predictions.
1) New Business theme becomes As A Service
Enterprise customers need to concentrate on differentiated market outcomes with the most desirable price-performance ratio, minimal start-up, and maintenance costs with the continuous development in technology speed when dealing with limited budgets and conventional skill sets. Choosing a prefabricated infrastructure as a service (as a Service) product enables consumers to concentrate on their business value across multiple implementations flexibly while preserving their data protection and management through a trusted infrastructure.
2) Server growth is Building Vertically
The industry will continue to see more verticalization and specialization of services as consumers search for the most productive outcomes from their infrastructure. In particular areas, the realization of the software ecosystem and accelerators will meet unique performance and functional criteria and be tailored for specific business outcomes.
3) More Data, More Intelligent
Data speed, volume, and volatility problems continue. For research, AI/ML needs to continue to be used when paying more attention to addressing problems in the data life cycle. The key to promoting and achieving the monetization of the “Internet of Behaviors” would be the convergence of data processing models, transmission methods, storage and security architectures, and quicker research.
4) The Self-Driving Server Emergence
Customers will start to see the use of telemetry, research, and strategy in their system management infrastructure to reach a higher degree of automation. The AI operation and maintenance capabilities with system management will usher in the era of turning automated tasks to automatic decision-making, close to the driving assistance/autonomous driving stage of autonomous vehicles, and its implementation is embodied in the solution of system power loss and strategy consulting suggestion engines.
5) Goodbye, Software Defined. Hello, Software Defined with Hardware Offload
To maintain the separation of the control plane and the data plane, the application architecture is continuously evolving. The control plane remains on the software layer while, in the form of a service processor add-on card, the data plane is moved to programmable hardware, allowing bare metal and containerized applications and decomposed infrastructure software (virtualization of the network, virtualization of storage, virtualization of the GPU, security services) to run together to create intent-based customer workload calculations.
6) There's 5G here! Seriously, this year has come.
We will see the proliferation of 5G after many years of speculation and promises, which will be accompanied by a paradigm shift around communication networks, remote management models, and connections, impacting the size and role of servers. 5G would force consumers to re-evaluate their edge networking and infrastructure management products to take advantage of 5G technologies as businesses build more edge infrastructure to handle the generation and flow of data.
7) Rethinking Memory and Storage to be Data Centric
The industry is evolving from a computing-centric architecture to a data-centric architecture, and in the IT industry, this change is pushing a new server-connected storage and memory model. Innovative IT architecture is being built around the technology of permanent, encrypted, and layered memory within the server, and the technology of remote access to SCM and NVMe data via the latest industry structure standard, to achieve the best data protection, expansion, and preservation.
8) Adopting new Server technology while Being Remote
The world has changed, and businesses are being pushed not only to prepare for digital transformation but also to make digital transformation work. Companies that deal more efficiently with the digital transformation of instruments, procedures, and technology need to collaborate with remote work teams. This transition pushes businesses to evaluate emerging server technology and evaluate resource requirements, which will emphasize the need to remotely use server functions to maintain business continuity around debugging, telemetry, and analysis.
9) It’s not a Processor competition, it's a Bake-off Recipe.
The processor landscape is evolving, and it is becoming an area of distinction between acquisition, specialization, and supplier. We see Intel, AMD and Nvidia are all making acquisitions for their respective product portfolios to include CPUs, DPUs, and accelerators. To help end customers maximize business performance, the true winners will be able to use their combination of silicon products and software libraries to shape recipes of integrated offerings for targeted workloads.
10) Measure the index of confidence in IT.
The security around server access and data protection has never been more difficult, so customers need to evaluate their trust in security to assess infrastructure credibility and recognize digital risks. To establish their measurement criteria for IT confidence from the edge to the center to the cloud, customers need to examine the sources and functions of goods, emerging security technology, and segment real digital threats in the light of tighter regulations.