At an event held at CERN’s Globe for Science and Innovation in Switzerland, Intel Corporation has this week unveiled several new initiatives under its "Cloud 2015”" vision aimed at making cloud-based Internet computing more interoperable, secure, and simplified.
Intel details its Cloud 2015 vision as being composed of three key elements: a “federated” cloud that allows enterprises to share data across internal and external clouds; an “automated” network that allows the secure movement of applications and resources to improve energy efficiency in data centers; and PC and device-savvy “client-aware” clouds that know what types of applications, commands, and processing should take place in the cloud or on your laptop, smartphone, or other device — thus taking a user and specific device’s unique features into account to fully optimize an online experience.
Intel plans to support these goals by creating software and building new capabilities into Intel Xeon processors.
The company has also used this new announcement to remind the industry that it helped create the Open Data Center Alliance, a coalition of more than 70 businesses that together represent more than $50 billion in annual IT investment and that have cloud research or projects underway.
“The industry has an opportunity to accelerate the potential of cloud computing, delivering even better industry economics through this transformation,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Intel Data Center Group.
“With the Open Data Center Alliance, we now have the world’s top businesses focused and actively engaged with Intel and the high-tech industry, accelerating solutions to the cloud’s key challenges. The server industry has gone through an amazing transformation since the Intel Pentium Pro’s introduction in 1995; our goal is to ensure that cloud computing continues to deliver breakthrough economics based on the same fundamental principle — innovation on open, interoperable standards,” he added.
The goal of the Intel Cloud Builders program is to provide a path to the Cloud 2015 vision. Intel announced a significant expansion of this program that brings together leading system and software solution partners to provide proven cloud building recipes and practical guidance on how to deploy, maintain, and optimize a cloud infrastructure.