Cloud management: a step in the right direction

The digital universe continues to grow at an explosive pace. In the next two years alone it is expected that more than 3 billion individual users will be connected to the Internet. During this period, the amount of new data created will double while the amount of mobile data consumed will grow by 11x.

The infrastructure serving this explosive growth is facing some daunting challenges. Data trends show that for every 400 new smart phones, one additional server is required in the backend data center. That trend continues through tablets where each 100 tablets account for an additional server. With these new servers and services there is an explosive growth in the amount and types of storage required for all this new data. Throw into this mix the number of switch ports, and new security issues exposed with this growth and the full impact of this trend is realized.

How do you add all this backend capacity? How do you manage it? How do you make it work across multiple physical data-centers? How do you manage the lifecycle of these services and applications? Traditional process and management methods simply do not work in a time of unrelenting service growth.

To respond effectively to the service explosion, you need a new management framework that empowers users with self-service and the sense of boundless resources. A framework that gives your infrastructure managers the automation and speed to deliver the required breakthrough in operational efficiency. There is good news, and bad news. The good: This framework is here today. It goes by the name “cloud.” The bad: To remain competitive, it is no longer optional.

The launch of Citrix CloudPlatform 4.3 is a positive step in the right direction for organizations that want to capitalize on cloud to meet the challenges discussed above. The open source based CloudPlatform is already one of the world’s most widely used cloud management platforms. This new version of the platform makes additional progress in enabling speedy user on-ramps to the cloud and diversity in infrastructure support.

While some cloud environments may support very narrow application sets, most cloud environments—private, hybrid, or hosted—need to support a wide diversity of applications. The new applications required in this explosion involve significant data processing, the delivery of an immersive user experience,, intensive media processing, and enterprise application requirements.

Demands like these require a high-powered computing foundation, and that’s where Intel enters the picture. Intel-powered cloud computing delivers increased performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) through dynamic, efficient and workload-optimized infrastructure. Intel products enable the gamut of workloads. Based on the specific needs, a workload can be executed with the highest performance, predictability, and lowest TCO on an infrastructure based on the Intel® Xeon Phi™, Intel® Xeon® or Intel® Atom™ processor families.

The consistent programming model across Intel platforms, coupled with top-notch orchestration and management from solutions like the Citrix CloudPlatform, that enable the future of cloud computing.

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