The Intel Cloud Builder program holds lessons for any concern that wants to defend its core business during a time of great change.
The change in this case is the move to cloud computing—running applications or accessing data on remote servers separated by a so-called network cloud. Amazon helped pioneer the concept when it started selling extra time on its servers in the big data centers that run its online store. Now everyone is looking to get in on the trend as a way to save—or make—big money.
Corporate managers are pressuring IT staff to use cloud services rather than continue the practice of buying new servers every time they release an application. Companies that already have big, often underused data centers are figuring out how they can sell time on their systems to others.
Anticipating the trend, Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest electronics company, in March revealed plans to open a public cloud service based on its existing global network of data centers. Analysts expect IBM and Oracle to follow suit.
The cloud stuff well come into better shape in few more years. It might take some time for both the application providers to actually understand how to provide service and at the same time the companies also will lean over to cloud when they start seeing the reduction in TCO.
There will be a battle of defining what products would be better serving through the cloud and what products would be better to server locally. Services segment can help corporation to define what best for the type of business. There seems to be a lot of opportunities, isn't it?
Cloud computing is definitely a win-win situation for all. Cloud is where all the resources can be utilized to their fullest extent, be it the servers , the network infrastructure or the enterprise applications. This will help to reduce the cost of ownership for the organizations across the board , the up gradation plans can be implemented more swiftly and return on investments can happen quicker. For the end user the services will be just a click away -either prepaid or post-paid.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.