Intel Looks to Products, Partnerships to Build Clouds

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-04-04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Intel Looks to Products, Partnerships to Build Clouds

    At its Cloud Day event, Intel unveiled new products, collaborations and programs all aimed at making it easier for businesses to run workloads in the cloud.
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    2 - It's a World of Clouds
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    It's a World of Clouds

    Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, said a recent study found that on average, businesses run six cloud systems, a mix of both private and public. "I think when we look back at what cloud computing has done, we'll see that it had a bigger impact than PCs did in the 1990s," she said.
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    New Faster, Smaller and More Efficient Server Chips

    The 14-nanometer Xeon E5-2600 v4 Broadwell processors offer more cores (up to 22 versus up to 18), 44 percent better performance, improved server utilization and better security features than their 22nm Haswell predecessors.
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    4 - Creating the Software-Defined Infrastructure
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    Creating the Software-Defined Infrastructure

    New chips will help create the software-defined infrastructure (SDI) that will bring the agility and scalability needed to support cloud environments, Intel officials said. One new feature in the chips is Resource Director Technology for improved orchestration and utilization, allowing for fully automated clouds and better control over shared resources.
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    5 - Fast and Dense SSDs for the Cloud
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    Fast and Dense SSDs for the Cloud

    Intel introduced new fast solid-state drives that bring a lot of capacity. They also offer Intel's first SSDs with 3D NAND technology from Micron for greater density. Among the SSDs is the P3320, which offers up to five times the performance of SATA-based SSDs, officials said.
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    6 - Building an Ecosystem
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    Building an Ecosystem

    Along with products, Intel is being aggressive in collaborating with other companies and creating developer initiatives—such as its new Storage Builder Program—to establish more of a platform play for addressing the cloud. At the event, Intel said it is collaborating with CoreOS and Mirantis to enable customers to use open-source technologies in their cloud efforts.
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    HPE Embraces Intel's New Xeon E5 Chips

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise officials announced they are refreshing HPE's line of ProLiant Gen9 processors—including the one- or two-socket DL380—with Intel's new chips.
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    Better Memory for the ProLiant Systems

    HPE also unveiled the company's new Persistent Memory technology, which combines the performance of DRAM and the persistent, nonvolatile capabilities of storage to speed up such workloads as databases, data analytics and online transaction processing. The first product, the 8GB NVDIMM, will first appear in the ProLiant DL360 and DL380.
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    Faster PowerEdge Servers From Dell

    Dell upgraded its PowerEdge 13th generation systems—including the R730—with the new Intel processors, which give the systems performance improvements of more than 20 percent when combined with new air-cooling technology from the OEM and more than 12 percent enhanced memory, officials said.
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    Dell Pushing Virtual Reality in the Enterprise

    Dell officials announced the company's VR Ready program with new Precision workstations that include the Intel Xeon E5 chips. The new systems not only include a lot of compute power, but also powerful GPU options from Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices.
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    Lenovo Brings New Xeons With XClarity

    Lenovo refreshed a range of System x, NeXtScale and ThinkServer servers—including its ThinkServer RD450—with Intel's new processors. At the same time, Lenovo is bringing its XClarity systems management software to all of its dual-processor systems.
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    Supermicro Is Spreading the New Xeons Around

    The systems maker is bringing the processors to its SuperServer, SuperBlade (pictured), SuperStorage, SuperWorkstation, and dual- and single-processor motherboard product lines.
 

Intel officials last week used the introduction of the latest editions of the company's Xeon E5 scale-out server processors to more firmly establish its place in the burgeoning cloud computing space. At Intel's Cloud Day event March 31 in San Francisco, executives unveiled a range of new products, collaborations and programs all aimed at making it easier for businesses to adopt and run workloads in the cloud. Intel officials see hybrid clouds as the future of computing by enterprises and service providers. The company is rapidly growing its capabilities beyond processors, putting increasing focus on platforms. That was on display at the event, where Intel officials not only unveiled the new Xeon E5-2660 v4 "Broadwell" server processors, but also new solid-state drives (SSDs) and partnerships to help businesses accelerate the move to the cloud. According to Intel officials, about half of all applications now are delivered through the cloud, though that's expected to increase to about 85 percent by 2020. About 66 percent of cloud demand currently comes from consumer services from top cloud service providers. Enterprises and service providers are pushing to more quickly grow their cloud computing capabilities, and Intel wants these efforts to run on its technology.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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