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Fisher: Intel chips dedicated to support the ‘Internet of things’ Peter Nalika, San Francisco

September 24, 2013
Douglas Fisher, Intel
Technology is moving from being support to being central in the business enterprises, an explosion of connected end points - Douglas Fisher, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Software and Service Group, Intel Corporation

The evolution of IT, all of you are here because you want to improve and support the business through consolidation, networking, virtualization etc. IT is moving from being support to being central to businesses, this is what is driving change in the mission of enterprise businesses, and it is not only driving the center of gravity for business but also building it.

With every disruption, there is an opportunity, stepping into perspective, think about your first computer, it is like your first love you never forget about it, generations ago. Fast forwarding it to today’s computer with a lot of connections that includes mobiles, sensors, the Internet of things, we are taking about having 50 billion connected airplanes by 2020, the tech platform is rapidly exploding and organizations have to manage it.

Intel has supported these systems all through and continues to innovate to help drive smart technology. Think about you trip to Oracle OpenWorld, lets say you live in Northern California, you probably used your mobile device to wake you up, checked the news, the weather, drove to the airport. At the airport you touched the Internet of things, the GPS, traffic sensors and on the airplane, there are all those sought of sensors from the cabins to the engines.

During the 2nd day of the Oracle OpenWorld conference, Douglas Fisher, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Software and Service Group, Intel Corporation says all of their investments and support in chip technology are designed and dedicated to meet the needs of the Internet of things in various industries as they drive Exadata architecture in these types of devices.

When Intel architecture is clipped into devices, a lot of data is generated; Fisher gave an example of General Electric sensors, which collect a terabyte of data single day and when fast-forwarded to 2015, we will be dealing with zeta bytes, 1000 terabytes of data. Zeta bytes will be the new language when organizations will be referring to data, all these devices and connected endpoints are driving that data.

So what it means to an organization’s IT is that they have to be ready to handle all these data, store, analyze and put it in good use. “This best works in a connected environment to partners, vendors, suppliers and appliances not silos, all these connections are important to drive the management and use of these data in your infrastructure”, says Fisher.

Fisher says there is a fabric that connects all these data, and it’s what drives API calls in social media. He gave a case study of a company, which found a way to take advantage of all the data coming through their connections by mining these data then provide value to customers.

The company’s business model called ‘Dwell time’, is about how long vehicle traffic can monitor traffic and determine the value of cars has by digital signage, based on the amount of time the vehicle spends on the signage they can determine the rate of advertisement. This is because they know their type of audience and they have gone a step further to get demographics of the type of cars in a particular road which helps them determine what type of digital signage they put on the road.

All these data; information coming together, all the services employed leads to what is referred to as the digital cycle of computing, where mobile devices, sensors, endpoints are now driving data use in organizations. IT is delivering all these to the enterprises in form of software services, which then drives the demands of all devices to consume that which in return serves business analytics for insights.

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Oracle DEMOgrounds
(Oracle Open World 2013, San Francisco, California)

“The question to organizations today, is if they are ready for such disruption? Only 15 percent of enterprise IT has taken advantage of this capability”, says Fisher. “Out of these 15 percent, 20 percent are competitive since they have taken advantage of flexible architecture, for example transforming their data center as a unit of computing logic and evolving them further to a software infrastructure”.

This is really about dis-integrating computing to its common elements, compute, storage enabler, virtualizing these environments so that to have flexible, able, deployable, faster visioning capabilities to increase more demands for faster computing and reduce bottlenecks in the networks.

Fisher says companies like Oracle Exa-platforms have highly optimized applications and a common open standardized Xeon platform.

 

Peter Passport

Peter Nalika

Peter generates technical content for CIO East Africa and the International Data Group News Service, he also contributes to PC World and Computer World. Peter is classically trained in computing and information management, and he is currently pursing an MBA program in Management Information Systems at the University of Nairobi,  @peternalika

 
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