Cloud – Putting the Cloud to work for Intel

In my second insight into the IT Business report I am focusing on the impact of Cloud inside Intel.

The cloud is changing the business landscape and here at Intel it has transformed the IT culture to align with the strategies of the business groups. Intel IT brings technical expertise and business acumen to bear on the highest priority projects at Intel to accelerate business at a faster pace than ever before. Intel IT have simplified the way Intel’s business groups interact with IT to identify workflow and process improvements that IT can drive. Because they understand their businesses, they can tailor cloud hosting decisions to specific business priorities.

 

Our private cloud, with on-demand self-service, enables Intel business groups to innovate quickly and securely. In the annual Intel IT Business Review Intel IT reveals that 85 percent of all new services installed for our Office, Enterprise and Services divisions are hosted in the cloud.

 

Intel IT attribute the success of our private cloud to implementing a provider-like cloud hosting strategy, advancing self-service infrastructure as a service and platform as a service, and enabling cloud-aware applications. Intel's private cloud saves about USD 7.5 million annually while supporting an increase of 17 percent in operating system instances in the environment.

 

Cloud-aware applications can maximize cloud advantages such as self-service provisioning, elasticity, run-anywhere design, multi-tenancy, and design for failure. To enhance Intel developers’ skill sets, in 2013 Intel IT delivered 8 code-a-thons in 3 geographical regions, training over 100 Intel developers in how to build cloud-aware applications.

 

To increase our understanding of how hybrid clouds can benefit Intel, IT are also conducting a hybrid cloud Proof of Concept using open source OpenStack APIs. Hybrid cloud hosting can provide additional external capacity to augment our own private cloud while enabling us to optimize our internal capacity.

 

Hybrid cloud hosting also increases flexibility, allowing us to dynamically adjust capacity when needed to support business initiatives efficiently.

 

Intel IT have accelerated hosting decisions for the business customers by developing a methodical approach to determine the best hosting option. They consider security, control, cost, location, application requirements, capacity, and availability before arriving at a hosting decision for each use case. Offering optimized hosting solutions improves business agility and velocity while reducing costs.

 

For more go to www.intel.com/ITAnnualReport