Everything including Cloud Computing Demand Seems Bigger in China

Those who read my blog on Day in the Cloud Beijing might have been worrying about me finding China’s version of Walden Pond and  disappearing for months of quiet reflection on technology.  A bit of time  in one of Beijing’s more interesting shopping districts snapped me out of it,  and I’m back to tell you about what’s happening at IDF.

I’ve always loved China, I have visited here since I was a  child and my experiences here helped shape my life’s direction in many  ways.  I love the juxtaposition of the centuries old culture of dynasties  and emperors blended with a future horizon exploding with possibility. Then  there’s just the bigness of the place, and by bigness I mean everything.   Streets seem blocks wide. Squares are football fields in dimension.   Population? 25 million of the 1.1 billion citizens live in Beijing alone.   With all of this bigness it’s hard to imagine the Chinese people ever doing  anything on a small scale. This is what makes China IDF so interesting.   With thousands of local industry players, IT managers and regional influencers  on hand to hear what latest innovations Intel would talk about you get a sense  that the beat of new computing innovation is leaping forth.

After two days of industry discussion, executive keynotes,  and hallway chatter, my big take away from this year’s IDF is that innovation  in the compute continuum has never seemed more alive.  And the major  advancement fueling this compute continuum is the next generation of data  centers.  Never before have data centers seemed more relevant at the center  of a computing conversation, and never before has the rate of change in data  center solutions seemed faster.  Kirk Skaugen, VP of Intel’s Data Center  Group, wove this reality throughout his keynote.  He discussed Intel’s  vision for the cloud (pdf) and highlighted the advancements of the Open  Data Center Alliance and Intel  Cloud Builders program.  He also discussed the changing  economics of mission  critical computing moving away from proprietary alternatives towards  industry standard solutions based on Intel architecture.  What do these  things have in common? Massive efficiency delivered to IT with a result that  corporations can invest IT budgets to drive innovation, not to manage complex  overhead and sky high systems cost.  In all a pretty heady opportunity if  the industry can deliver to the vision…and we saw some proof of great  progress.  Not only did Skaugen discuss China delivery of mission critical  8-way platforms (by Inspur), but he also highlighted  the progress of usage model definition for the cloud computing coming from customers  themselves…with help from Open Data Center Alliance steering committee member China Unicom.

This coupled with the cloud innovation that I’ve discussed previously featured  from the Cloud Builders program and featured on the IDF stage through a  compelling container demonstration points to a world of opportunity for us to  harness. How do we get there? Through some of the same approaches we’ve used  for decades: Industry standard platform delivery. Solution choice.   Technology advancements to meet emerging customer requirements.   Collaboration across companies to fuel innovation and push us farther. And a  little magic called Moore’s  Law.

For those who want to see more of the highlights of Beijing  IDF check out www.15b1.com.