Intel Building Blocks-Foundation of Cloud Computing

There is quite a buzz around “cloud computing” architectures these days.  This general term for what Gartner defines as, “a style of computing in which massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ using Internet technologies to multiple external customers”, has become a little convoluted. It started out simple enough, but then the term got subdivided into “private” vs. “public” clouds, those architectures which are hosted internally and those which are hosted externally.  Internally we can build virtualized resource pools to run our applications or externally push them outside our data center to be hosting by the likes of Amazon, Google., Microsoft, or AT&T.  Then Cisco thought they should add some additional “clarity” into the mix introducing “virtual private” clouds and “open” clouds, as opposed to “closed”? And then there’s the term “inter-cloud”, and last but not least the “federating trusted private cloud”. Clearly, these are brilliant minds at work, but if you are getting a little confused, not to worry, so is everyone else.  Maybe another good blog between David Smith from Gartner, and James Urquhart from Cisco can help sort it all out for us (

Whether you are looking at cloud computing as a new compute architecture or simply trying to improve your areas of strategic advantage internally.  Intel technologies continue to be the building blocks that form the foundation of any high performance compute architecture. 

I’m not just talking about Intel Xeon 5500 Series processor, which in its own right, is the most efficient, powerful processing architecture that Intel has developed yet, by far.  I’m talking about all the other Virtualization Technologies (VT) that Intel has developed around the Xeon 5500.  The Power Management components built in with Node Manager, the different P-States of the processor to not only reduce frequencies and power use, but to even go into an over clocked mode for very high utilization requirements.

Intel’s newest 10Gig NIC ( supports Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq) and FibreChannel over Ethernet (FCoE) technology.  FCoE allows you to consolidate your SAN fabric and network infrastructure, thus improving efficiencies and reducing complexity and costs.  Intel's IT organization, which keeps our company running also doubles as a test lab and has tested FCoE in-house.  Diane Bryant, Intel’s CIO talks about how they are delivering strategic value by providing these types of solutions that enable Intel's growth and transformation.   Check out the video link where she talks about how (2) 10 Gig NIC’s are replacing (7) 1 Gig NIC’s, and (2) HBA’s per server without reducing quality of service or performance.  Intel is seeing reduced costs by as much as 25% through the subsequent reductions in cabling, ports, switches, HBA’s etc. (

So, things might be a little “nebulous” (pun intended) about which “cloud” we’re in, but we shouldn’t be about which technology to use to support it.