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Demystifying The Machine – the next computing quantum leap

In the IT industry we talk a lot about inflexion points, quantum leaps and the “next big thing.” We’ve moved from a world of mainframes to PCs, through the Internet and are now firmly entrenched in the Cloud era. Everyone in the industry would also agree that we are grappling with the issues created by the massive amounts of data that are being created on a daily, soon to be hourly, basis. This data explosion is forcing the industry to consider how we will manage the huge volumes and diversity of data in the future. Right now, the solution has been linear – more data equals more data centres to store it. But this is not a sustainable answer, as more data centres consume ever more energy and resources. Soon, storing the sheer volume of data we have produced will require more energy than we can produce.

 

Dispersing today’s Cloud

Solving this problem requires a complete rethink of what the Cloud is, how it is constructed and what the data stored in the Cloud is capable of. It means going back to basics and changing how we look at things like memory, connectivity and processing. It also requires a shift in mindset and the imagination to see what big data can do when we harness the intelligence and value captured in that data, and most importantly what can be achieved when it is shared across multiple organisations and entities across the world.

 

The Cloud of tomorrow will not just be a massive storehouse of data, it will be an intelligent learning system capable of providing actionable insight almost in real-time. It will be a system that stores data on site but catalogues it in the Cloud. In this system, local applications work together to securely share information and solve problems as a distributed mesh.

 

Memristor – the next evolution in storage

In addition, HP is pioneering the use of electrons, photons, and ions to revolutionize the way we compute, communicate and store data. Make way for Memristor, which stores data using ions to make a faster, cheaper, replacement for DRAM flash memory and even disk drives. By combining memory and storage, Memristor enables universal memory, radically increasing computing efficiency and speed.

 

We predict that over time non-volatile memory devices based on Memristor will largely replace current storage practices. This will not be a revolution; more an evolution as performance, price and availability improves. We will continue to need, and will develop, storage options based around our current Converged Storage strategy.

 

In the short- to medium-term future, Memristor will represent an additional high performance storage technology. It will not replace HDD and flash memory for some time. Eventually, that will change, and HP is spearheading the evolution.

 

The future is bright. . . and unexplored

Computing is about to take a quantum leap in performance and efficiency, and the impact on everything from storage, networking and servers, to mobility and security will be huge. We won’t simply be solving the business challenges of today. . . we will be eradicating them and completely altering how we think about computing from the bottom up. Perhaps the most exciting part is that the possibilities are, quite literally, endless. We don’t even know what the potential of The Machine is yet, but what we can be sure of is that change is coming. And it’s going to be amazing.

 

You can read more about the topic in this HP Next blog post from our recent HP Discover event: The Future Is Now—The Machine from HP

 

 

You can also find out more by watching this video: HP Labs and Martin Fink Launch The Machine.

 

 

You can find me on Twitter @ChrisJohnsonHP if you wish to comment...

 

 

 

 

 

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