A New Era of Insight: Diane Bryant Outlines the Future of the Data Center and Beyond

One thing we all know about the Intel Developer Forum is that it provides an insight into the future of computing, and Diane Bryant did not disappoint providing the audience with a view into how data center computing is evolving to address the vast needs of our changing society and the rapid pace in which we are using technology to drive our businesses, manage our cities and keep us connected.  Diane began her speech by outlining some of these macro changes in China: growing urbanization, rapid ramp of citizens with access to computing platforms, and technologies aimed at solving major challenges such as the rapid growth in urban traffic.  Data centers play a critical role in delivering this seemless compute experience, and Diane described how behind each device from sensor to tablet to smart display, rests a server.  It’s a simple concept but one that quickly emerges as a driver of the rapid growth in data center compute capability the world is experiencing when you consider our ramp towards 3 billion connected individuals and 10+ billion connected devices across the globe.

Diane outlined Intel’s approach to helping deliver the foundation for the underlying infrastructure to power the data center in a number of ways.  The first focus was analytics.  With Intel’s recent foray into the Hadoop distribution arena, Intel’s footprint in how unstructured data from sources such as social media streams has expanded from hardware to software and solution delivery.  This was apparent in the end to end traffic management solution described by a leading Chinese manufacturer, Bocom, whose partnership with Intel has shifted the company from image capture to 2.6 Petabytes of data capture and real time analysis using Intel powered analytics from the edge to back end data center.  The power of Intel’s Hadoop distribution was also demonstrated by Intel’s own Jason Waxman as he showed the power of infrastructure innovation at the processor, drive, and network matched with code optimization delivering a 30X improvement in response time vs. previously available solutions.  More about the Hadoop distribution from Intel here.

Diane then branched into the land of the high density data center discussing the latest from Intel in rack scale architecture delivery as well as progress on microserver platform innovation with a world’s first demo of our next generation Avoton platform and announcement of availability of our first Atom based storage solutions only 4 months after the delivery of our first Atom based microserver platforms.  To discuss the importance of this area of innovation, Diane welcomed the chair of China’s Project Scorpio to the stage.  Project Scorpio is driving large scale data center design innovation and is an effort spearheaded by China Internet behemoths Tencent, Baidu, AliBaba and China Telecom. When you consider that over 550 million people in China access the net daily, the work by groups like Project Scorpio will help drive innovation in the data center on a massive scale.  To help deliver the capability of the cloud to Chinese customers, Diane announced a new China Cloud Lab to be hosted in Beijing helping optimize cloud solutions on Intel Architecture.  More info about rack scale architecture and Avoton here. (link to Raejeanne episode we just did)

Diane concluded with an update on data center platforms highlighting that 2013 will bring new solutions across the platform lineup. For E7 she announced the new Intel Run Sure technology and highlight how new innovations in IO and memory will help drive new capabilities for big data and in memory database solutions.  In E3 she discussed the improvements in graphics capabilities which will help a wide array of applications such as described in Bocom’s traffic monitoring solution.  She summed it up stating that for every workload that data center customers face, Intel is expanding its large technology portfolio to deliver the world’s best solutions optimized to address customer requirements.  And really, with its heritage in working with the industry to deliver the best computing experiences on the planet, what else would you expect from Intel?