Over the last four years, Intel IT’s proactive investments and innovations—including deploying advanced storage, networking, and facilities solutions—have increased the performance of our data centers. What’s more, we have improved the efficiency and achieved IT sustainability goals even as the number of data centers has been reduced from 150 to 69 worldwide and our global server count has decreased from 100,000 to 75,000 worldwide.
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.
Intel IT on key data center capabilities
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.
High performance computing for silicon design
Designing Intel® microprocessors is extremely compute intensive. Intel IT has adopted high-performance computing (HPC) solutions to address the final step in silicon design and has realized significant improvements in computing performance, reliability, and costs.
Supporting operations through server investment
Through proactive investments including advanced storage, networking, and facilities innovations, we have increased the performance of our data centers by 2.5x while reducing our capital investments by 65% over the last four years.
Testing high-performance servers
Learn how Intel IT plans to take advantage of the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family as a result of our discoveries during testing.
Take a closer look at the testing methodology and results:
Our best practices for building a private cloud
Learn Intel IT’s best practices for building an enterprise private cloud. Get details about our strategy to provide highly secure services and data on demand to authenticated users, and learn how our move to a multitenant infrastructure depends on a shared, elastic cloud architecture.
Intel's data center strategy
Learn what's changing in Intel IT's data centers across the world, and see how our new strategy is leading to a widespread business transformation.
IT@Intel: Sharing Intel IT best practices with the world
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By participating, you’ll gain regular tips and tools as well as key perspectives from a range of experts. You’ll learn more ways IT can build business value by using agility, innovation, and proactive investment to overcome today’s toughest business and IT challenges.