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What the future looks like for servers and network infrastructure

By Richard Walsh, head of memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Europe

Everybody who works in enterprise storage knows how fast data usage is growing. What started as a trickle of data a few decades ago quickly turned into a deluge only recently — with the next few years set to promise floods not seen since the days of Noah’s ark.

We’ve 5G, AI, the IoT and other advanced technologies to thank for this immense growth in data. These technologies promise to change the world around us, but for them to work effectively, the world of storage, servers and network infrastructure also needs to change. So how exactly will it change, and what are we likely to see more of in the next few years?

Servers and storage meets performance and reliability

One of the areas we’re going to see more of is a heightened importance on performance and reliability. As the world is heading towards data-heavy workloads, enterprise server and storage administrators face a serious challenge in building stable, mission-critical infrastructure on a budget. New storage solutions need to bring reliability and superior performance to server solutions with end-to-end integration and complete quality control.

Samsung’s impressive line-up of enterprise SSDs put performance and reliability at the core of their offering — at an affordable cost. Samsung SSDs offer a variety of interfaces and form factors to deliver maximum performance no matter what kind of ecosystem you are operating in. Samsung also delivers a range of RDIMM and LRDIMM DRAM products for server applications that offer DIMM capacities ranging from 8GB to 256GB.

Network infrastructure meets speed and scalability

The era of 5G, incorporating everything from augmented reality to IoT, is increasing the demand for edge computing and distributed cloud capabilities. And while the demands of 5G in terms of reliability, performance and speed will be immense, systems themselves are only as effective as the networks that connect systems and transport data. 5G requires complex, scalable networks that are capable of supporting high capacities and a variety of connections.

Three key technologies are enabling 5G networks to take giant leaps in improving speed, latency and connectivity — enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable and low latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine-type connectivity (mMTC).

eMBB unlocks the ultra-high speed for 5G. While a high-definition film takes minutes to download on 4G, it requires just seconds to complete with a 5G connection. With eMBB support, 5G can transmit data 20 times faster than 4G.

With URLLC, 5G networks can be ten times more responsive than 4G, opening up new real-time experiences that require quick responses, such as self-driving cars and drones. URLLC provides a signal delay of just one millisecond, making it perfect for near-instant decision making, from autonomous cars to manufacturing machine operation safety.

mMTC sets the foundation for an IoT-powered future. 5G will support mMTC, allowing machines (up to one million devices within an area of one square kilometre) to communicate with one another with only minimal human involvement.


Unlocking the power of cloud computing

The future looks exciting for the technology sector as the world intensifies its reliance on tech to communicate. As we continue to see more and more devices and data, we need to ensure that we have the technology in place to keep the user experience seamless and efficient everywhere will be more important than ever.

To that end, Samsung is one of the few companies that is setting the direction for the future of technology, from the IoT and 5G networks to the servers and storage systems and semiconductors within devices. We therefore invest relentlessly in R&D so we can meet the exponential increase of data usage around the globe.

If you want to see the future, you only have to look as far as Samsung.