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Intel launches new chips for cloud computing

6/04/2016 by Sharon Shahzad


Cloud computing continues to gain traction in both the public and private sectors. It is no surprise, therefore, to hear that some of the world’s major hardware companies are readying themselves for the new age with new devices to facilitate the sector. As such, Intel has now launched Xeon, a new computer chip that is aimed directly at increasing the efficiency and productiveness of cloud computing.

In an article from Forbes on 31st March 2016, it was announced that Intel’s Xeon chip had been launched. It was also recognised that the company is increasing its collaborative efforts to raise awareness of cloud computing, particularly in industries that, until now, have remained in the sidelines of the latest trend instead of taking centre stage.

One of the main reasons for the launch of the Xeon server chips is to boost the computing performances of cloud systems. At a San Francisco-based event, executives from the firm also mentioned that a new feature integrated with the chip would improve cloud application cluster capabilities. Although details on this remain uncertain, it was revealed that a new Intel-led alliance between Mirantis and CoreOS will allow firms more flexibility when it comes to moving cloud computing jobs between various services. This will include both their own data centres and the larger cloud. In fact, Intel Senior Vice President and Data Center Group General Manager Diane Bryant said: “Any business is going to use multiple clouds. The concern is, ‘please don’t lock me in.’”

It’s reported that Intel has done incredibly well thanks to the rise of cloud computing, with a number of the world’s major players, including Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Google all needing a larger number of servers from which to run their cloud services. The company is also actively promoting cloud computing with smaller cloud providers that are fresh to the market and bring new innovations. The promotion attempts to focus on two core open source programs: Containers and OpenStack. Whilst the latter works as a dashboard interface to manage data centre resources, Containers is a software wrapper that works in conjunction with other small programs.

Finally, Xeon also includes a new integrated feature that allows data to be swiftly encrypted in a bid to boost security. This feature can also be utilised as a way to maximise the built-in memory circuitry’s efficiency. With cloud computing showing no signs of abating, Intel’s new chips will provide more power to the trend than ever.

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