Despite all the hardware and software changes that have come to the datacenter, the server has remained the primary unit. But new technologies, from CXL and silicon photonics to virtualization and containers, is challenging the entire concept of a server. In this episode, Craig Rodgers, Chris Reed, and Chris Hayner join Stephen Foskett to consider the end of the server itself. The first step in this evolution was the move to external storage, followed by blade servers, and now complete disaggregation and composability. On the contrary, a virtual machine or container can already be seen to be a logical server, while microservices and webscale eliminates the very idea of a server. Are we building a new mainframe or rack-sized servers? Will people really adopt this concept or is it completely the wrong direction?
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