Data Center Standards, Big Data, Cloud & More From IDF 2012


At IDF 2012’s opening day, there were plenty of information-packed sessions on three critical technology trends: cloud, big data and technical computing.

The Open Data Center Alliance unveiled member survey results today showing that members are scaling cloud adoption 15% faster than previously forecast. Over half the respondents will be running more than 40% of their IT operations in the private cloud by 2015 and a quarter will be running more than 40% of their operations in the public cloud. Intel has been developing a resource to support the IT community’s need to connect with cloud service providers, and today we launched Intel Cloud Finder. This is an online decision tool aimed at helping IT organizations match their cloud needs with service provider offerings worldwide.

In addition to collaborative industry efforts like the Open Data Center Alliance and initiatives such as Intel Cloud Builders and Intel Cloud Finder, Intel is shaping the foundation for cloud through technology advancements. In a lecture session, aptly titled Architectural Foundation for the Cloud, Intel’s George Chaltas, senior engineering manager, and Billy Cox, director of cloud software strategy, provided a strategic overview of how Intel is helping enterprises realize cloud’s benefits through delivery of an architectural framework that supports cloud growth. They also did a deep dive into solution-oriented application optimizations through Memcached and Hadoop.

Day 1 sessions on big data – top of mind for every organization – covered server enabling tools with a focus on Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) and covered delivery of the architectural foundation for big data. These sessions got to the crux of big data issues, from the proliferation of intelligent devices, and the massive growth in data stores, and the necessary solution: a leap in compute performance required that can turn data into insight and information.

Finally, there were several sessions that gave insight into Intel’s technology and vision for technical computing and the path to Exascale. Sessions covered the impending explosion of computing-based discovery and innovation, HPC fabric performance, HPC cluster fabric design and optimizing the storage subsystem for Exascale.