Intel Outlines Its Strategy for Re-Architecting the Data Center

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-07-24

SAN FRANCISCO—The rise of cloud computing and the massive number of devices connecting to the Internet put great pressure on data centers, forcing organizations to handle new workloads that their infrastructures are ill-suited for and forcing tech vendors to change how they build and integrate their products. At a conference here July 22, Intel executives outlined their vision of how the data center must evolve. They spoke of upcoming chips that will be increasingly powerful and power-efficient; rack architectures that eventually will essentially hold pools of resources that can be tapped by applications as needed; and software-defined infrastructures that will be highly automated, flexible, scalable and programmable. Underpinning this will be Intel technology—not only chips for servers but also for storage and networking systems; silicon optimized for particular workloads and at times custom-made for organizations; a strong ecosystem of operating systems, middleware and applications; and a broad offering of Intel software. The goal is to ensure "all data center workloads, regardless of what they are, run best on Intel architecture," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center and Connected Systems Group. Photos by eWEEK and Intel.


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