At Intel, we like to think we’re bringing a brighter outlook to the cloud—and a clear vision of the road ahead. We’re working to create the underlying technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth via cloud data centers. We want to enable new ways for people to explore, share, and connect with each other—as securely, privately, and efficiently as possible.
Today, much of the exploring, connecting, and sharing we do with each other online—the experiences we enjoy—happens in the cloud. Whether people are entering letters into a search engine and receiving thousands of relevant results in a fraction of a second, taking an audio sample of a song and getting the lyrics in real time, or receiving personalized recommendations based on previous online purchases, they are in the cloud.
Tomorrow, search will evolve from text to full video search with the ability to identify faces and support voice recognition. Consumers’ shopping experiences will be more immersive and customized to their location and preferences. Everyone will have richer media and interactive social media experiences. This is all part of the brighter outlook for the cloud.
By 2015—just three years from now—more than 3 billion people and 15 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, based on Intel estimates. Over the same time period, the amount of data traveling over the Internet will grow by 33 percent annually, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year, or more than 3 times the amount in 2011. Each connected user will generate over 4 gigabytes of data traffic every day—the equivalent of a four-hour high-definition movie. This will increase the amount of data that needs to be stored by almost 50 percent per year. In order to meet this growth, the worldwide number of cloud servers is expected to more than triple by 2015.
To capitalize on these new opportunities, the industry will face challenges in scaling data center infrastructure to meet the unprecedented demand for computing, storage, and network bandwidth. Intel can help. Our new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family is designed to address these challenges by enabling IT organizations to seamlessly scale their infrastructures for future needs.
Building on the technology that has made Intel the standard in 9 out of 10 cloud servers today, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family addresses the incredible growth of connected users, devices, and data traffic in the cloud. The new processors deliver record-breaking performance, exceptional energy efficiency, breakthrough I/O innovation, and built-in security features. These processors are not only at the heart of servers and workstations, but also the next generation of storage and communication systems from system vendors across the globe.
Starting today, we expect an all-star lineup of manufacturers—including Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Quanta, SGI, Supermicro, Unisys, and ZT Systems—to announce hundreds of systems powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. Many of the world’s largest cloud data centers are already using these platforms. We saw an unprecedented demand for the initial orders of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family—20 times bigger than for the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series that launched in 2009. Today, countless users around the world searched, socialized, and shopped on sites powered by Intel Xeon E5 processors.
Our efforts to make the cloud work for business and bring a brighter outlook to the cloud don’t end with optimized technology. We’re simultaneously working to help companies deploy clouds faster and offer agile services. In one example of these efforts, we developed the Intel Cloud Builder’s program, which currently offers more than 60 real, deployable solutions documented as reference architectures from more than 50 of today’s leading solution providers. These architectures give businesses a starting point to get up and running quickly.
We also helped establish the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an organization of more than 300 global IT leaders who are defining requirements and usages for the cloud of tomorrow, focusing on standards and interoperability that will take things to the next level. This alliance is driving vendors to bring to market solutions that address today’s top challenges around secure cloud federation, virtual machine interoperability, better management, and cloud services transparency. The ODCA is forecasting an acceleration of $50 billion of cloud services and a saving of $25 billion in total annual IT spend within five years through the demands it is making on the industry. Clearly, the cloud is at the top of the CIO agenda.
And we’re just getting started. We see a bright outlook for the cloud, and we are giving businesses a clear vision of what’s ahead.
To learn more, visit us at www.intel.com/cloud.