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Intel reveals its connected world vision

Company says Compute Continuum will see all mobile connected devices working together and connecting to the internet

Intel reveals its connected world vision
Intel's compute continuum envisions all devices connected together.

Intel UK has revealed its vision for a fully connected world at Dell Tech Camp 2011. Intel managing director Graham Palmer said that the vision, called compute continuum looks at bringing all mobile connected devices together to seamlessly communicate both with each other and the internet.

"Our vision for the future is one we refer to as the compute continuum, in which essentially all devices - whether consumer or business - connect together to seamlessly share data in a secure and high-performance fashion. This includes devices ranging through your tablet, your smartphone, through in the future - ultrabooks, through your car, through your PC, your notebook, your smart TV, all these devices connecting together to seamlessly share data between them," said Palmer.

Palmer said that the company regards this vision as wholly achievable and tangible and said that there are three principles underpinning this vision of compute continuum, the first principle being performance.

"Performance is what Intel does; we have a long history of delivering great performance with our products - secondly, security so that all these devices can connect seamlessly in a secure fashion. The third element is connectivity, so all these devices will seamlessly communicate with one another. You will see clearly from Intel's perspective that we want to deliver on that vision," he said.

Intel's recent acquisitions of both MacAfee and the three chipset components from Infineon were in line with developing the connected world vision and allowed Intel to develop its capabilities in relation to compute connectivity.

The explosion of connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices is a critical trend that is driving huge growth across the IT industry.

"We saw a tangible positive output in [of connected devices], that in our first quarter earnings, we saw a 32% increase in revenue from our server business, so whilst a lot of focus is on the devices connecting to the internet, it is also driving huge demand for the infrastructure," said Palmer.

He added that Intel's rough estimate is that for approximately every 600 smartphones or 120 tablets connecting to the internet, there will be a �requirement for an additional server to manage the data and content.

"So all these devices are all seamlessly connecting together and also connecting to the internet, driving massive demand for data centre build-outs. Data centre is growing very rapidly, the cloud is on everybody's lips in terms of what this looks like in terms of performance," said Palmer.

Intel, with over 280 of its industry partners have developed the Open Datacentre Alliance, an alliance of businesses that create architectural references for data centres that can be channelled back into the suppliers of equipment into the server industry to ensure the cloud of the future will deliver what consumers of those services are actually looking for.

"The Open Datacenter Alliance is essentially over 280 customers worldwide, owning over $100bn of IT investment, coming together to say ?this is what we need'. In fact, this week is quite a milestone for our organisation because they published their first eight architectural reference designs for security in the cloud environment, for managing virtual machines within a cloud environment, so a lot of progress is being made in terms of the Open Datacentre Alliance," said Palmer.

Intel said that is has seen a massive explosion of client devices connecting to the internet which is driving a great demand on web infrastructure.

"All the server technologies right through the latest E7 server device, adding in hardware accelerated encryption, is allowing businesses to process 40% more transactions than before with our previous server technology. So if you are a bank running your Christmas Eve online shopping service, now you can have 40% more transactions in a fully encrypted fashion using the latest technology developed by Dell, Intel and Microsoft," said Palmer.

According to Intel, a lot of innovation is currently occurring around the data centre, the client, all of the infrastructure in-between and all of these devices are driving huge growth.

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