Unleashing Tens of Thousands of New Clouds at Structure 2015

Today, most of the applications delivered through cloud infrastructure are consumer services, such as search, photos and videos, and services like Uber and AirBnB. But the cloud segment is diversifying as we see a greater push toward the enterprise deployment of more private and hybrid clouds.

This is a trend that will accelerate greatly over the next few years. Intel estimates that by 2020, up to 85 percent of applications will be delivered via cloud infrastructure. As this tectonic shift of workloads toward efficient cloud models takes place, we will all witness industries transform themselves as more consumer services and business services move to cloud-type architectures and new digital services emerge.

At Intel, we are working actively to enable this shift by removing barriers that block the road to enterprise cloud deployments. Together with a broad ecosystem, we are working to create an entirely new set of requirements for globally distributed and highly secured clouds.

The next wave of clouds will be based on off-the-shelf solutions and open source software, rather than build-it-yourself approaches. It will be focused on the convergence of services, to ultimately deliver better experiences to end users. And it will be more transparent about the infrastructure in the cloud environment—because what’s inside matters for performance, security, and reliability.

That’s all good news, but there is just one problem: We’re not moving fast enough. Solution stacks are fragmented. The process of deploying solutions is difficult, time consuming, and error prone. And in too many cases the features required for enterprise use cases are simply not there.

That’s why we created our Cloud for All initiative. This initiative, announced in July, is designed to accelerate cloud adoption by making public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions easier to deploy. Cloud for All is based in three pillars—industry investment, technology optimization, and industry alignment—with an ultimate goal of unleashing tens of thousands of new clouds.

This really starts with investment. Intel has a history of helping to lead the technology framework and drive industry standards, and it’s no different in the cloud space. As I noted in a talk today at the Structure 2015 conference in San Francisco, we are investing significant resources to support communities like the OpenStack Foundation to drive optimized open source solutions that the entire industry can innovate around.  We are also investing in the open container and cloud native foundation initiatives, where the industry is focused on ensuring that the standard framework for containers interoperate and that cloud-native applications interoperate across environments.

All of this work is great, but we’re not stopping there. We are simultaneously making significant investments with Mirantis and RackSpace. These collaborations augment our work within the OpenStack community by addressing key gaps in the enterprise readiness of OpenStack.

Now let’s talk about solving data center problems by optimizing solutions. Here are a few examples of how Intel drives that innovation in cloud infrastructure:

  • At Structure 2015, Diane Bryant announced that Intel will deploy software development platforms to select customers in Q1 2016. These development platforms will include an Intel® Xeon® processor with an Altera FPGA (field programmable gate array) in a multi-chip package, as well as a set of libraries to get started.
  • We are optimizing many Intel products and technologies for software-defined storage, one of the keys to new clouds. And just last week we launched the Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 family optimized for storage and networking, a chip that will accelerate the move to more agile, cloud-ready communications networks.
  • Elsewhere on the innovation front, we recently announced a new memory technology called 3D XPoint™ technology. This technology will be used to create wicked fast SSDs that have, in early testing, shown a 5x–7x performance advantage over our current fastest data center SSDs. But we’re not stopping at SSDs and have announced Intel DIMMs based on this breakthrough technology.  These DIMMs can deliver big memory benefits to without any modification to the OS or the app, or can be used for non-volatile operations using the SNIA NVDIMM programming standards. Cloud architecture is all about delivering the best performance per TCO dollar and the capability of these DIMMs removes long standing workload bottlenecks – a chance to reimagine how memory and storage work together.

I hope this insight into our view of the next tens of thousands of new clouds inspires you to be part of the journey.  In many ways, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what’s now possible.