Today's Product Design Requires Tomorrow’s Data Capacity
Right-sizing memory and storage requires a long-term strategy that evolves with data traffic and scope
OEMs planning to ship a product for 5+ years need a memory strategy that supports application growth over time, planning ahead to avoid unplanned hardware upgrades as a result. Today’s applications may be written to require more memory, merely because of processor limitations at the time of their development.
Yet data traffic has changed based on processor advancements, with additional lanes commonly available to access smaller pieces of memory faster. Often times, applications simply require more memory to continue performing as steady improvements are made. Ultimately, with more collaborative practices between OEMs and their ODMs along with a broader view of hardware requirements, hardware teams can bring to the table just the right amount of technology to meet application needs for the long term.
Storage requirements also require careful, long-term consideration – these choices must be based on the size of the data as well as how quickly the application needs to access it. For example, within the life sciences industry, modern genomics applications are equally read-write intensive, writing large data sets for immediate reading. In contrast, an image-rendering application might write just once to its large database, with ongoing reading activity being the heaviest load. These considerations affect decisions about both the amount and type of storage that is optimized for the application, and strategic suppliers can provide valuable help in making this determination.
Choices should be based on knowledge of the overall data set as well as its anticipated growth over the lifetime of the application. Average file size also matters – is the application transferring a fewer number of multi-petabyte files or thousands of much smaller files? And if the application writes and rewrites data, does the system account for write limitations common to SSDs? Many are designed with a read-only focus, with write capabilities defined by a limited lifetime that may impact system lifecycle. To begin the conversation with Dedicated Computing, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.