Keeping up with change in the computer business is tough, but it's also what drives most of us. We get to look at the latest and greatest before most people even know it exists, and that knowledge is an important piece of the "resellers as trusted advisers" value proposition.
The latest and greatest isn't always about the newest version of a software program or the next generation CPU. Sometimes it's about technology that takes a huge step towards affordability, so it's not just a Fortune 500 IT product but instead, technology that is within the budgets of SMB.
I was watching a video the other day. It was an interview featuring Charles Liang, Supermicro CEO. I was getting myself up to speed on the new Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor and I figured he would have something interesting to say about it.
Mr. Liang said they have lots of customers, especially in HPC, who need as much processing speed as they can get but they have two constraints.The first is the financial budget. The second is the power budget. He says the Xeon Phi brings a solution for both limitations. The Xeon Phi brings a much higher compute density and much better performance per watt so people can build much more powerful computing equipment to speed up their job.
I talked with someone the other day about metadata servers, and I was surprised he hadn't heard of them. He's a longtime tech person who works for a large storage company, and he really knows his stuff.
So I didn't feel so bad. I hadn't heard of them either. In fact, my knowledge of Lustre was on the edge of nonexistent.
My wife and I are both in the computer business and we work from home. Each of our offices has at least 3 computers. But, I'll admit that sometimes I'm not an early adopter of technology. Until recently, we used "sneaker-net" with a big USB drive to do backups and share photos and videos. So I got with the program and built myself a server for the house.
I could have simply used an old desktop machine that we had out in the garage. It was tempting. But I listened to my own advice and built myself a REAL server based on the Intel E3-1200 v3 processor family and the Intel S1200V3RP server system.