"I can't tell you if they will ultimately be successful, but I am convinced that someone has to take this approach in order for us to truly move on to the next phase of commercial computing," Duplessie said. " It will take a new, ground-up architecture to make this all work. Everything else is ultimately just putting band-aids on the problem and hoping it goes away. But in this world it never does. It just shows up somewhere else tomorrow."
The OmniCube is powered by OmniStack, the operating system and the accelerator PCIe card. OmniStack is designed so it can also power any commodity direct-attached storage server. OmniStack can also handle software-only configurations in the public cloud without the hardware acceleration.
Kempel said he's still working out pricing for the product, which is expected to be available in November.
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