I recently made my third trip to World Hosting Day (WHD) in Germany, a gathering I always look forward to. The content and audience are consistently exceptional, and even with the long journey the event is always a valuable experience.
WHD provides an opportunity to meet with leading and emerging hosting and cloud service providers to gain a better understanding of the trends and requirements shaping their future build-out plans. That helps me shape Intel’s cloud technology strategies to help them more efficiently reach those goals.
In my keynote, I talked about how Intel sees the future of the cloud data center. With today’s growing numbers of users, services and data types, it is no longer an option to build a highly efficient and seamlessly scalable infrastructure - this infrastructure is now a critical competitive requirement.
During WHD, I talked with many CSPs about re-architecting the data center to create an IT environment that is more flexible, easier to manage and designed to accelerate service deployments. Software-defined infrastructure is a key to addressing this challenge, and Intel is committed to delivering the rack scale architecture (RSA) and other technologies to make SDI a reality.
In my conversations with CSPs, it was also great to learn more about how they are expanding their portfolios to address new workloads by deploying Intel® Atom™ C2000-based services. I shared the keynote stage with one of these forward-looking service providers, 1&1 one of Europe’s largest CSP’s, who is using Atom C2000-based services.
During WHD, I also had the pleasure of announcing nine additional CSPs who are joining the Intel Cloud Technology program: Joyent (US), GoGrid (US), ScaleMatrix (US), Cirrity (US), Cloud Provider (Netherlands), Nine Internet (Switzerland), Mobily (Saudi Arabia), Wortmann AG (Germany) and Sakura Network (Japan). At last count, that makes 25 companies who are now branding Intel products in their services—and you can expect to learn about more such companies in the coming months. Want to see how services from all of these providers (and many more) compare against each other. Go to www.intelcloudfinder.com – your one stop shop for comparing the world’s leading cloud services and finding the best service to match a user’s specific needs.
There’s a reason for all this momentum for the Intel Cloud Technology program. Companies understand the benefit to their customers of providing HW transparency for their services to select the right performance for their needs. Choosing a cost optimized services for lighter use or the latest and most powerful for more demanding workloads. Customers can also benefit from choosing a service with specific Intel capabilities made available to optimize workloads. Find out more about all the participating service providers and Intel Cloud Technologies on www.intelcloudfinder.com/IntelCloudTechnology .