Under the Hood: How Dynamic Resource Pooling Unlocks Innovation


If you have watched a movie on Netflix*, called for a ride from Uber* or paid somebody using Square*, you have participated in the digital services economy. Behind those services are data centers and networks that must be scalable, reliable and responsive.

Dynamic resource pooling is one of the benefits of a software defined infrastructure (SDI) and helps unlock scalability in data centers to enable innovative services.

How does it work? In a recent installment of Intel’s Under the Hood video series, Sandra Rivera, Intel Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager, Network Platforms Group, provides a great explanation of dynamic resource pooling and what it takes to make it happen.

In the video, Sandra explains how legacy networks, built using fixed-function, purpose-built network elements, limit scalability and new service deployment. But when virtualization and software defined networking are combined into a software defined infrastructure, the network can be much more flexibly configured.

Pools of virtualized networking, compute and storage functionality can be provisioned in different configurations, all without changing the infrastructure, to support the needs of different applications. This is the essence of dynamic resource pooling.

To get to an infrastructure that supports dynamic resource pooling takes the right platform. Sandra talks about how Intel is helping developers build these platforms with a strategy that starts with powerful silicon building blocks and software ingredient technology, in addition to support for open standards development, building an ecosystem, collaborating on technology trials and delivering open reference platforms.

It is an exciting time for the digital services economy – who knows what service will become the next Netflix, Uber or Square!

There’s much more to Sandra’s overview of dynamic resource pooling, so I encourage you to watch it in its entirety.

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Monique Hayward

About Monique Hayward

Monique Hayward is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Intel IT, where she leads the team that’s chartered to position Intel as an IT leader with our key target audiences. A 21-year Intel veteran, Monique has led teams and managed strategic programs in marketing, communications, and business development in Data Center, Software & Services, Global Diversity, Mobile Platforms, and Corporate Marketing. She also did a two-and-a-half year assignment as a technical assistant to Intel’s first Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining Intel, Monique worked in PR and marketing communications at Tektronix, American Greetings, and the U.S. Department of State. Monique is also a successful, award-winning entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She owned and operated Dessert Noir Café & Bar in Beaverton, Oregon, and served as a partner in Cerise Noire Software, LLC, a mobile software applications company. In February 2009, Monique released her debut book, "Divas Doing Business: What the Guidebooks Don’t Tell You About Being a Woman Entrepreneur", which features a foreword by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. Her latest book, "Get Your Hustle On! It’s Not Just About Getting a Job, But Building a Rewarding Career", was released in February 2014. Monique has a master of business administration in marketing from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor of arts (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park.