Unique Elements of Intel IT’s Data Center Strategy

Nowadays every business is a technology business, where data is the key asset and services drive monetization. With the number of connected devices projected to grow from 15 billion to 200 billion by 2020, an IT data center strategy can have more opportunity than ever before to influence how companies will innovate through technology.

A Data center strategy often focuses on just the tactical areas, such as optimizing data center energy efficiency; avoiding capacity issues; and using virtualization, cloud, mobility or other technical trends.

But a data center strategy should be anything but a focus on tactics. It must address the exclusive requirements of the business and take special consideration for the growing complexity of choices available. Strategic planning is not an attempt to eliminate risk or to forecast what the data center will look like in 15 years. Instead, it is taking action to understand what risks to take and what paths will align with the business.

Our data center transformation strategy, described in our recently updated white paper, is key for Intel to stay competitive. Implementing breakthrough solutions and pursuing aggressive goals are critical factors to success in our fast-moving industry. We maximize business value through three core metrics: meet growing customer demand (quality of service) within managed spending targets (cost per service unit) while optimally increasing the utilization of infrastructure assets (resource utilization).

HPC Increases Compute ReliabilityBuilding on previous investments and techniques, our refined data center strategy has created new business value in excess of USD 321 million from 2010 to date. Our key achievements include the following:

  • Grow the business through advanced analytics. Intel IT is growing its strategic investments in data centers and technology as a matter of competitive advantage. Using machine learning and analytics, we improve sensory capacities to deliver meaningful customer insights. From 2014 to 2015, these insights gained Intel USD 175 million in revenue and brought critical innovation to the customer experience.
  • Operate with velocity to drive business value. Intel IT supports the business by increasing operational performance and leading continuous improvement. In 2015, cloud computing efforts have enabled 25- to 30-percent faster product design through optimized global server capacity, and placed critical systems into the hands of our engineers from anywhere on the planet.
  • Design microprocessors with high-performance computing. Microprocessor design is extremely compute-intensive and demand is growing for each generation of silicon process technology. Intel IT adopted high-performance computing (HPC) to address this very large computational scale and realized astonishing improvements in computing performance, reliability, and cost. Five generations of HPC in our Design computing environment have supported over a 90x increase in compute capacity with more than a 64x increase in stability.
  • Increase agility with integrated server and network infrastructure. We integrated the server and network infrastructure which provided a 39-percent reduction in hardware across the enterprise. We deployed more than 65,000 10 GbE (gigabit-per-second over Ethernet) network ports. By beefing up bandwidth from 1 GbE to 10 GbE and improving the overall wireless network we can now support the numerous mobile devices that will be connecting over the next few years without any loss of productivity or increase in resources.

More Efficient Office and Enterprise Compute StorageWe adopted new storage capabilities, accelerated storage refresh, and focused on increasing utilization, generating USD 33 million in cost avoidance. Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) are increasingly used in our HPC environment for electronic design automation, delivering cost reductions and increased capacity. Because SSD technology improves both performance and total cost of ownership (TCO) in many applications, we are actively evaluating new opportunities to take advantage of SSDs in our highly diverse data center environment. We deployed more than 13,000 Intel SSDs as “fast swap” drives, which generated a 27-percent increase in server capacity.

Today, businesses need technology investments in the data center to drive impactful outcomes: faster IT services, nimble response times, and flexible solutions that can provide greater agility.

The digital economy is driving a virtuous cycle where connected devices and cloud-powered services are generating data and insights that are driving further innovation, releasing new services and businesses back into the world. More than ever before, the data center is the engine that will enable a company to stay ahead in an ever-changing business environment and make the kind of impact that can change the world.

Read IT@Intel's new white paper on Intel IT Data Center Strategy.