Recently, computer giant Intel held their “Day in the Cloud” event in Portland, Oregon in order to discuss and publicize their strategy for computing in the cloud as it develops over the next few years. Amid dinners and informal discussions, a number of members from Intel’s teams spoke about where they saw not only the cloud going but where Intel was going to go along with it.
Jason Waxman, the General Manager of high density servers at Intel predicted that by 2015, he expects to see a jump to 15 billion total devices, an eight-fold increase in network scaling and an overall 20% increase in compound annual general revenue for the company – a large playing field, by any stretch of the imagination. With that, however, Waxman said that the market currently has a bit of “Wild Wild West” to it, presumably due to the fact that cloud computer is still maturing as an industry. Many companies are trying to figure out where they fit as both customers and providers, and the industry as a whole is coping with developing a unified cloud definition.
The Intel team also addressed a number of the concerns facing businesses of every strip – a litany of items that was almost overwhelming in number. Thankfully, the discussion moved into ways to deal with these issues – from scalability to power and performance, with more than a few nods to companies like VMware and Microsoft. While Intel is not on the forefront of the provider end of the cloud spectrum, they are taking the time and making the effort to learn what they can and only add the “cloud” addendum to titles in their company when knowledge and experience warrants its use.
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