Server Disaggregation

IT planners and product designers are looking at products and data centers in new ways. They are exploring ideas such as a rack containing separate chassis for CPU, memory and storage in hyper-scale computing, or choosing best-of-breed solutions for each tier of an enterprise network. The reasons for exploring these ideas revolve around increasing flexibility in the infrastructure and reducing costs. Generically, this is called disaggregation.

Does it make sense to disaggregate your mainstream server?

The rate of technology change continues to accelerate. This means adding new capabilities into IT Infrastructures to support new strategic directions. However, integrating these new capabilities into the existing infrastructure can present challenges or missed opportunities.

Many times existing servers cannot take full advantage of new technologies. Embedded NICs can’t utilize the maximum throughput speed of a new switch, for instance. Perhaps it’s as simple as the fast new drives aren’t compatible with the drive bays. When it is possible to upgrade using PCIe cards or a similar option, you may still give up manageability or strand the onboard components.

When choosing servers in today’s world, it makes sense to find servers that can evolve with your infrastructure, without wasting resources or requiring you to buy extra capacity that may never be utilized. Disaggregation of key components may offer a better solution.

For more information, see the Lenovo ThinkServer Viewpoint, Server Disaggregation, and look for the new next-generation Lenovo ThinkServer systems coming soon.