Managing the Changing IT Landscape: Business Mobility
I’m here at the Intel Developer Forum 2013, where Intel is unveiling a wealth of new technology. CEO Brian Krzanich and President Renée James kicked off the conference yesterday by focusing on the era of mobility. And while mobility isn’t new, the level of integration users expect from IT is.
We all know what makes a good mobile experience, from ease of use and instant availability to responsive applications, personalized services, and context-aware computing. What we often forget is what it takes to deliver that experience.
Mobility implies a service-oriented world that starts in the data center and ends with the device we are using. New technologies are not only the foundation for an improved mobile experience, but they’re the strategic tools needed for business transformation. All of this has become clear to me as I listen to the industry buzz here at IDF.
And while the opportunities have never been greater, the implications for IT are staggering. To help organizations manage this change, Intel has launched a suite of diverse technologies designed for business mobility.
Foundation for a High-Performing, Agile, and Efficient Data Center
Just like there’s no one-size-fits-all business model, there’s no single architecture for data centers, either. The data center of today requires the support of a diverse set of workloads that make workers more mobile and businesses more responsive to rapidly changing conditions. That makes versatility and performance the name of the game.
Cloud is the back end for most mobile services today, and inside every cloud is data center infrastructure that serves up applications and data to meet every device user’s demand for ubiquitous access and speed. Higher performing infrastructure means faster, more efficient business services.
Intel Xeon processors are found in the data centers of the leading cloud service providers and the largest private enterprise clouds. They also power some of the world’s largest supercomputers, including the number-one fastest supercomputer, “Milky Way 2”.
Yesterday, Intel released the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family, offering IT another 50 percent in server performance and 45 percent in energy efficiency. These processors also accelerate storage and networking performance for a balanced infrastructure solution. With hundreds of OEM infrastructure designs, the Intel Xeon E5 processor family is ready to support the next generation of cloud and advanced analytics solutions.
New Solutions for Lightweight, Repetitive Workloads
Yet there are still specialized tasks in the data center that can be run most effectively by new form factors such as the microserver. The recently announced Intel Atom processor C2000 product family is an excellent choice for a high-density, energy-efficient microserver to handle scale-out workloads with repetitive tasks such as basic dedicated hosting, low-end static web serving, and simple content delivery—all key to a superior mobile experience. These processors are purpose-built to support extreme density with generational leaps of up to seven times greater performance and six times greater energy efficiency. With x86 compatibility, this hardworking microserver integrates smoothly into your data center architecture.
Bridging the Gap between Users and IT
Let’s shift to mobile devices, where employees want freedom and IT wants control. Today’s mobile technology solutions must deliver the security and manageability to protect sensitive corporate data, yet allow employees to access the information they need for faster decision making and better collaboration. It’s no small task.
Enhancements in the 4th generation Intel Core vPro processor are designed to deliver even stronger security and advanced performance for mobile productivity. Low-power, high-performance processors let users get to work quickly, with a lightweight design and long battery life.
Users can now work easily with a more secure “passwordless” VPN experience and collaborate with wireless display capability. All of this with added security at the hardware level to address threats, access, data protection, and monitoring and remediation.
These high-performance processors have enabled tremendous innovation across OEM solutions, giving IT and users more choice in sleek, robust form factors. New business 2 in 1 devices are a great alternative for users who typically carry more than one device, and they reduce the number of devices for IT to support.
Business-Ready Tablets Offer a New Way to Work
Tablet use cases are continuing to emerge in the enterprise because of mobility. A new generation of Intel Atom processor-based tablets for business was introduced this week, complete with enterprise-grade security, seamless IT compatibility, and the performance to keep up with users. The capabilities I’m most excited about include multitasking with multiple screens open, viewing Flash* pages, and connecting to peripherals with convenient USB ports.
Soon to be available in a range of thin and light designs with longer battery life, these tablets offer compatibility with the Windows operating system environment so that users can access existing apps and get more from new touch-enabled apps.
New Technology is Just the Beginning
This hardware lays the foundation for next-generation IT solutions. Harnessing these capabilities for business requires ongoing IT innovation and new software solutions. Software-defined networks (SDN) and mobile application development are quickly emerging as key imperatives for the enterprise.
I invite you to share your insights in the Intel Peer Network, a community of IT and business professionals with a common goal: to realize greater business value for our organizations through technology innovation.
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