Every ten to fifteen years, the types of workloads servers host swiftly shift. This happened with the first single-mission mainframes and today, as disruptive technologies appear in the form of big data, cloud, mobility and security. When such a shift occurs, legacy servers rapidly become obsolete, dragging down enterprise productivity and agility. Fortunately, each new server shift also brings its own suite of enabling technologies, which deliver new economies of scale and entire new computational approaches.
In this interview, long-time IT technologist Mel Beckman talks to HP Server CTO for ISS Americas Tim Golden about his take on the latest server shift, innovative enabling technologies such as software-defined everything, and the benefit of a unified management architecture. Tim discusses key new compute technologies such as HP Moonshot, HP BladeSystem, HP OneView and HP Apollo, as well as the superiority of open standards over proprietary architectures for scalable, cost-effective servers. You'll learn about the latest industry trends and the challenges customers are talking about.
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Mel Beckman has been writing computer-related features and product reviews for more than 20 years, with a focus on IT, data centers, networking, and communications. He has built two regional Internet service providers and is currently president of Beckman Software Engineering, a technical consultancy specializing in large-scale, high-bandwidth networks. Mel has presented hundreds of seminars on computing technology throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Tim Golden is Chief Technology Officer for the Americas Industry Standard Server Business at Hewlett Packard. In this role he acts as the primary liaison between our customers and our ProLiant Engineering development teams. Tim and his team also have direct product responsibility for all ProLiant servers and server options for the Americas. With 30 years of Industry experience at HP, Compaq, Dell, and Apple, Tim brings a comprehensive and thorough understanding of technology trends and emerging product opportunities and has developed a unique ability to convey complex technical advantages into practical business benefits In the past Tim has served as HP’s Director of Enterprise Server Marketing and Director of Marketing Programs and spent two years at Dell as Director of the PowerEdge Server Business Unit.