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Thursday, September 09, 2004Similar to the way software vendors are linking Web services resources on demand, Intel is designing its chips to let IT departments virtualize and compartmentalize their two-way and larger servers in a way that multiple software operating systems and applications can run independently and all be managed from a central point.Under the moniker of its Service Oriented Enterprise (SOE) initiative, Intel said it is combining elements of mobility, grid computing and system management into the framework. The company said the silicon-level controls also provide a basis for new capabilities and services such as RFID and Voice over IP telephony. Intel sees the CIO of today facing four problems:
First is the re-architecture of legacy systems and automation processes including modulation and virtualization.
Secondly, security and controls spending is growing by about 15 percent of a CIO's annual budget.
Third, is that data volume continues to grow by a factor of 2x every 12 to 18 months must harness as a corporate asset.
Finally, business solution integration must migrate to a plug and play platform. To turn the cost curve, CIOs need an environment founded on modularity, standardization, automation and end-to-end manageability.
Intel wants to be in a position to address all these concerns -One key component to Intel's plan is its new Active Management Technology -- or iAMT. The software works with attributes in the server processor's silicon to let IT managers remotely access every networked computing system, even systems that are powered down, the operating system has locked up or the hard drive has crashed.The technology is integrated into tamper-resistant hardware and firmware to prevent intentional or inadvertent removal of inventory, remote control or virus-protection agents from the systems. The technology features an out-of-band link that is independent of the operating system. This lets IT managers access a system even if the operating system is inoperative. Intel is always at the leading edge of building technology for business competitiveness, and if and when it enters emerging areas like SOA, it can virtually redefine the landscape - Intel's SOA solution should be counted as a similar initiative.
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