The future of large data centers may look very different from the data centers of today. In the future, the data center is expected to be cloud-based and could save companies with large server farms millions of dollars.
Intel is watching the move to cloud computing closely and wants its processors to be at the heart of the cloud computing movement. Intel says that 20 to 25% of its server processors could be dedicated to data centers using cloud computing by 2012.
Intel's Jason Waxman said, "We expect to see, by 2012, a substantial portion of the server market will be running some version of cloud computing. Right now, as much as 14 percent of server purchases are going into some sort of cloud deployment."
Even the largest Fortune 500 companies are expected to begin migrating to cloud computing to grab the massive cost savings that cloud computing can generate. Intel says that cloud computing can save a company 10% in power usage for a large data center equating to a savings of about $6 million in some instances. At the same time software optimization of the same servers could save an additional $20 million.
Intel isn’t alone in coveting the cloud server market though and will have competition from AMD whose server processors are very popular in virtualized applications. Intel is betting on features like its Dynamic Power Node Manager to woo large enterprises to its products for power savings, which equate into big monetary savings for the companies.
Waxman said, "The cloud has promise, but we’re trying to be pragmatic. With small to medium-sized businesses, companies are asking, ‘Do I need lots of infrastructure, or can I do software as service?’ And the enterprise is cautious. They’re thinking that now’s the time to start the evaluation and path to it, as opposed to just jumping in."
quote: Intel isn’t alone in coveting the cloud server market though and will have competition from AMD
quote: Now that they have things back where they like it they are wasting no time moving back to punishing the enthusiast.
quote: Rather than even going with the stupid extreme editions they have gone one farther with i7, there is no, and will be no low end solution for i7.
quote: What does the roadmap have, Q4 a new socket, yes a new socket for the mainstream i5, which also doesn't get triple channel. So what do you have, the i7 segregated as an expensive high end enthusiast platform, (which is why I call it mini skulltrail) and everyone else that isn't keen on spending through the nose for their exclusive platform stuck with i5 and whatever they decide to offer with it.
quote: Oh Intel tried, they had skulltrail, they had absurdly overpriced extreme editions, releasing only the extreme high end versions of processors first and delaying things like yorkfield because they just didn't need to release anything but limited and absurdly priced high end parts in that line. Make no mistake the same money grubbing monopolistic Intel is there they just outsmarted you by playing nice for a little bit.
quote: What did they learn from skulltrail though. It was so absurd no one would buy it. So instead they forced the i7 as a middle of the road enthusiast only platform and THAT is why you are paying $400 for a bloody mobo.
quote: With core2 everything was socket 775, whether I wanted one of the low end 2mb cache 1.8gz (yes entry level core2 there was indeed a low end for core2) Or the high end my motherboard supported it. I could even go to wolfdale and possibly a yorkfield quad on my old mobo that I got with my core2 if I want. Wolfdale for sure, I haven't checked the manufacturers page for compatibility with yorkfield.
quote: When the PIII 866 first came out, it was a $900 CPU. Yes, Intel was raping the customers, especially with RD-RAM.
quote: But since AthlonXP and Athlon64 - Intel was always behind - yet people STILL paid top dollar for slower CPU (in most cases) because it had "intel" on the name and blue-man group. If more people had BOUGHT AMDs over intel - AMD would have had more $$$$ for R&D.
quote: keep in mind, that apart from ram in your i7 system, thats the *bare minimum* i7 system you can buy you have essentially listed componenets for a *high end* phenom II system if you were to quote a *bare minimum* phenom II system, it would be much cheaper then that.
quote: The fact is people just buy the bs hook line and sinker, they think because intel HAD to release core2 so cheap and give everyone such a high value overclocker that they are good guys and they got your back or something, no the status quo is the same it's still intel.
quote: AMD would do exactly the same if they where in intel's position.
quote: There was a brief golden age there when core2 came out where Intel was the "nice guy" that is over and dead, welcome to I7 or as I like to call it, Mini Skulltrail.
quote: AMD shouldn't have too much trouble staying around until 2012
quote: AMD's real problem has always been marketing. Back when they first introduced the Athlon64 and Opteron their performance and functionality advantage over Intel's products was at least as big as the one Intel has now with Nehalem. That performance advantage didn't translate into significantly increased sales because knowledge of the development was limited to the enthusiast sector.