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Intel sees big data future in machine-to-machine transactions

03 Oct 2012

Intel took to the Oracle OpenWorld stage on Wednesday to give insight into an overhaul the firm has made with its own IT infrastructure to help the firm transform for the big data generation.

Intel’s Diane Bryant, who was formerly the firm’s CIO and now heads up its Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, shed light on measures Intel has taken to overhaul its datacentre servers, storage and networking.

The first step was to take advantage of cloud computing, which allows IT to lower cost and increase automation, according to Bryant.

“We looked across all cloud providers today and the cost is 10 cents per VM per hour. That number has reduced substantially over the past year as public cloud providers make big investments in technology,” she said.

Bryant added that cloud providers are also cutting down on UCPR, or unnecessary crap per rack, such as excessive power conversions and networking infrastructure overheads.

Intel also focused on streamlining storage.

“Thin provisioning is my favourite here. In the first year of deploying it we reduced storage by 25 percent, that’s hundreds of terabytes we didn’t need to purchase,” Bryant explained.

“And over a petabyte of storage, one third of the total stored, was eliminated through de-duplication.”

The overhaul is part of Intel readying itself for the big data boom, driven by machine-to-machine (M2M) transactions.

“There are 2.3 billion people connected to the internet worldwide, but the real big volume of data is coming from the edge, from M2M, like surveillance cameras and smart cities," Bryant said.

“Scale-out storage means you can afford to capture all the data. And innovation in the industry has seen big investments in big data solutions, like data analytics and reporting tools.

“The Intel business intelligence (BI) group has a saying that goes five plus six equals 10. Take five experienced BI people and give them six months, and their commitment is to return $10m to Intel.”

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Madeline Bennett

Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN. 

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