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Intel: Cloud formed by 2015, world entering era of ‘always connected’

December 16, 2011 2:07am
The electronic ecosystem we all know as cyberspace is evolving still. This wider world of virtual reality is developing its version of an atmosphere.
 
Intel Corp. one of the core entities in the electronic realm, has said that rapid growth in Internet traffic, billions of netizens, billions more of connected devices, and exabytes of storage capacity are all hastening the evolution of cloud computing and the formation of the cloud.

Intel said the cloud has been taking shape but will come together starting next year and is envisioned to be well-formed by 2015 “with data securely shared across public and private clouds, services optimized based on device capability and information technology systems more automated so there can be more focus on innovation and less on management.”
 
Local executives of the IT giant said that three years from now, there will be 15 billion intelligent, connected devices in the hands of over three billion netizens, who will be producing over 1,000 exabytes of Internet traffic.
 
A billion of those netizens will be added between now and 2015 and there will be a 670 percent growth in storage capacity shipped, according to Christopher Syling, Intel business development manager.
 
Syling said the number one reason for the increase in traffic and need for storage space is the YouTube, where Filipinos are among the world's leading uploaders and viewers.
 
Cloud cover
 
The cloud will be differentiated—some for enterprises and others for consumers.
 
“Exciting things happening in both these spaces…with cloud being offered for consumers, not just businesses,” said Ricky Banaag, country manager of Intel Microelectronics Philippines Inc.

“When was the last time you opened the yellow pages?” Syling asked to draw focus on how the Internet has shifted activity from the real world to cyberspace.
 
Among the exciting things is the setup of three major firms setting up data centers in Metro Manila and south and north of the nation’s capital, Syling revealed.
 
Syling also said small and medium scale businesses will start signing up for cloud services because they don’t need to have their own data centers and have no IT technical people always on hand.
 
A new Alliance
 
Cloud seeding operations are in progress.
 
An Open Data Center Alliance is at the forefront of defining and prioritizing information technology requirements while taking advantage of new capabilities in Intel platforms and cloud solutions.
 
Formed in 2010, the ODCA is a consortium of leading global IT organizations steered by senior IT executives from BMW, China Life, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, Terremark, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, and UBS.
 
Intel Corporation serves as ODCA’s technical advisor.
 
“We came together to deliver a unified voice for emerging data center and cloud computing requirements. Our mission is to speed the migration to cloud computing by enabling the solution and service ecosystem to address IT requirements with the highest level of interoperability and standards,” the ODCA said on its website.
 
Their five-point set of goals aims for:
  • Seamless, secure interaction between cloud data centers;
  • An open marketplace for ubiquitous and affordable computing (infrastructure and services);
  • Dramatically simpler data centers with more agile infrastructure;
  • Industry innovation that drives IT breakthroughs by simplifying and accelerating cloud deployment; and
  • Global cloud computing efficiency through infrastructure best practices and carbon footprint awareness. 
ODCA solution provider members are exponents of open source software: CA Technologies; Cisco Systems; Citrix Systems; Dell; EMC Corporation; Fujitsu; Hewlett Packard Company; Parallels; Red Hat; SUSE; and VMware Inc. — KG, GMA News
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