Over the last four years, Intel IT’s proactive investments in advanced compute storage, networking, and facilities solutions have reduced our capital investments by 65%. In the process, we've reduced our number of data centers from 150 to 95 worldwide and reduced our global server count from 100,000 to 75,000 worldwide, improving efficiency and achieving IT sustainability goals.
But Intel IT realized that true business value would occur if we optimized solutions to directly support individual lines of business. By taking advantage of emerging virtualization and cloud computing technologies, we were able to improve cost efficiency and business agility in the following operations, including:
- Design: To support quicker design and validation of increasingly complex Intel processors, we've created large, shared distributed grid computing solutions complimented with high performance computing.
- Office/Enterprise: To deliver on-demand self-service applications, we transitioned from a traditional enterprise infrastructure to an enterprise private cloud built on a highly virtualized infrastructure.
- Manufacturing: Improving factory automation and supply-chain planning efficiency for Intel’s manufacturing facilities meant deploying a dedicated, highly reliable data center infrastructure.
- Services: Highly available online netbook applications are a new approach to support Intel’s external service businesses. For example, the Intel AppUpSM center offers Intel services to help validate apps and software.
Using the Cloud to deliver business value.
Intel runs on a global schedule, supporting silicon design teams, factories and data centers. We’ve adopted cloud computing as part of our data center strategy to provide cost-effective, highly agile back-end services that boost both employee and business productivity.
Data center vision: Fueling growth and innovation
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