Intel says open source fundamental to its cloud growth

Boyd Davis, general manager of Intel’s data centre group, said open source is leading the pack for the cloud.

Intel’s commitment is to take its full customer list, and give them open source answers to their cloud problems.

Davis, speaking at the cloud forum here in Taipei, said that a common infrastructure increases scale and lowers cost.  The other trend in open source is optimization in terms of cost, latency and power consumption by having purpose built applications.

Intel is working with the ODM community to give the best of scale and versatility for hardware, he said.  Most servers in the world are run on dual processor boxes. It believes it Atom Centerton, based on a six watt microarchitecture is good for micro servers. Intel’s portfolio spans from workhorse heavy watt Xeons down to Atom chips for microservers which will come later this year.

Intel wants ODMs in Taiwan to develop microservers at a very targeted space.  Supermicro, Tyan, Dell, NEC, Quanta and Hitachi are all delivering Intel based micro servers.  

The Taiwanese players need to build rack based solutions using open source. Companies want to compete with players like Amazon but need the servers and the flexibility they provide to do that.

There are challenges in the cloud, with a survey Intel made showng that custmers were worried about security, application migration, simplified management infrastructure, moving applications to the cloud, coping with complicated regulatory environments and power management.

Intel, through its subsidiary McAfee and with other companies like Symantec and Microsoft are working to create ubiquitous encryption. In a cloud environment data centers need securing and better than the best of class enterprise security. The system has to be open, and based on standards. Intel believes it’s in a good position to secure the environment from phones to the largest clouds, together with its partners.

Earlier in the same forum, ARM showed off a Mitac box sporting 64 ARM based chips, as we reported in our sister publication, Channelbiz.