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The Next Tsunami in
Computing & Communications

Modular Computing, using blade servers and clustering technology, is creating the next Tsunami in computing and communications that portends to drastically revamp the existing client/server landscape. Its impact on end-to-end computing and internet infrastructure will be truly profound.

Existing IT architectures in commercial (Uniprocessor, SMP, ccNUMA) and high-performance scientific computing (MPP etc) will be displaced by a cluster of virtual servers. These new servers will revolutionize 4-tiered Web Computing: the Access Tier, Web Tier, Application Tier, and DB/Transaction Tier. Networking, I/O Storage and Servers would all emanate from a common blade architecture.

The four waves in modular computing in the next five years, namely, High Availability (2002-03), Scalability (2003-04), Virtualization (2004-05) and Application Tuning/ Performance Enhancements (2004-06), will radically change the economics of computing and web services, according to Anil Vasudeva, Principal Analyst at IMEX Research.

Blade Servers' attractiveness stems from the volume-driven economics achieved through using industry standard high-volume 2, 4 and 8+ way SMP compute elements. These elements can be configured into various telecom, networking, servers or storage modules.


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These modular servers can be architected to achieve High Availability (failovers and self-healing), Scalability (simple add-ins), Performance (like Oracle parallel servers), Interoperability (Heterogeneity - MVS, UNIX, NT; Connectivity - ESCON, Fibre Channel, iSCSI), Manageability (CIM/WBEM-web based) and Security for provisioning in 4-tiered Computing and Internet Infrastructures.

Already, a number of top 500 scientific computers are using Linux Clusters to achieve high performance at a fraction of the cost of previous multimillion-dollar scientific behemoths.

IMEX is a research and consulting company in technology markets with expertise in the fields of Blade Servers/Modular Computing, Network Storage, and High Availability systems (Computing and Telecom, Four-tiered Internet Computing).

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