Well said, Martin!
Chris, Martin's comments are well said and get to the heart of how we need to think about the next decade. Looking forward to what he and his team will accomplish at WD, and to what the industry can and hopefully will do to evolve to best and highest use of byte addressable persistent memory, rather than just looking at it as a new component and jamming it into an existing slot in an existing server or storage system.
(For context, the first time Kirk shared the concepts here with me almost a decade ago, I was very skeptical and tried to force the ideas into the existing concept of what a server is, what a storage system is, and how the two talk to each other. That's not the best and highest use of byte addressable persistent memory. It's OK for it to take a year or two for you to "get it". When you really grok what a memory fabric like Gen-Z is for, and how the application does kernel bypass for storage reads and writes, and instead of thinking in today's paradigm are asking how the industry can get to an affordable plan to evolve to the kind of end Martin has in mind, then you really get it.)
The best and highest use of byte addressable persistent (storage class) memory does not respect today's boundary between server, storage, and network in the data center.
("retired" from HPE last fall, still too excited about this area to take a job doing something else)