Thoughts from Samsung Memory Solutions Forum 2013

Each year we gather industry leaders in Silicon Valley to discuss data center efficiency and our favorite topic – Memory. At the Samsung Memory Solutions Forum held in late October, we heard about compelling trends in today’s IT, and memory’s role in some of them. Given a steady transition to cloud based applications, the emergence of a broader “Internet of Everything” and mobile’s continued game-changing impact, it was clear from each speaker that finding the most efficient ways to evolve ITs is a top priority. Today’s virtualized data centers require speeds of 10G to 40G and in some cases 100G to keep up with data demands. Couple this with the industry’s transition to software defined networks (SDN) and IT managers have their hands full as they determine the best steps with which to architect the next-generation data center.

Looking back at highlights from the day, a common theme was the impact that the evolution of IT and memory has on globalization and sustainable development. We heard from Dr. Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy, who reminded the audience about the rapidly growing use of energy in IT. He noted the importance of innovating in the technology sector to find smarter data center designs that use renewal energy resources. Cisco’s Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industrial Solutions and Chief Globalization Officer, explained how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is bringing people, process, data, and machines together to create richer experiences offering unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.

Our panel of experts from Qualcomm, PureStorage, Dell and Google examined what the new era of data centers architectures will entail. This includes a future where application and fabric-aware infrastructures will be a necessity and where server platforms will see a blurring of lines in how flash memory and storage are fused together. Ultimately, the goal will be to form a computing environment where each piece – storage, memory, networking, servers and applications converge to simplify data center operations.

Samsung is laser focused on ensuring that memory continues to be an enabler towards creating the lightning-fast Internet of the future. Taking a page from Guy Kawasaki, who gave the closing keynote, we must reach a level of pervasive enchantment within the industry. By working with technology vendors and customers alike, the future of computing looks bright as long as we work together to resolve challenges and achieve common goals towards architecting the next-generation of data centers. 

Watch the video below for a quick take on my presentation at our Memory Solutions Forum.