Future Digital Infrastructure is our vision of the datacenter of the near future. It includes:
- Disaggregation: No racks of servers. Instead panels support multiple configurable tiles. These are connected to each other through an optical backplane. They can be arranged into a nearly infinite number of combinations.
- Software-defined infrastructure (SDI): Tiles are organized into pools of resources: compute, storage, memory, networking. Computer systems are then “assembled” from the pools into any needed configuration.
- Liquid cooling: Tiles are cooled by circulating liquid over the components, for greater density and hotter operation.
- Robotic automation: Future Digital Infrastructure is not serviced by human beings. Robots assemble the tiles, carry out maintenance, and replace broken or obsolete components. This means the datacenter can be bigger, taller, hotter, and more flexible.
- Robotic resilience: A robot pulls out tiles at random to test and improve the system’s reliability.
- Distributed cloud infrastructure: Future Digital Infrastructure is not just for huge datacenters run by the Super Cloud 7. The needs of the Internet of Things and 5G means that similar flexible SDI will be seen everywhere.