Sunday, October 22, 2017

Data centres of tomorrow will be built on machines, says Intel top chief

Speed at which digital transformation is driving business is leading companies from all sizes to adapt and re-focus their roadmaps.

In what will be a massive shift in the data centre, humans are about to be ditched from what was before perceived as a glorified server room.

The exponential growth of data across all industries and the increasing dependence on data and real-time analytics requires faster procedures, which only machines can execute.

Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich has captured that and is driving the company towards a more data centre focused world, where everything relies on the data centre.

Speaking to CNBC during CES 2017 in Las Vegas, US, Krzanich looked at the data centre as the core of the digital age, and where Intel could see future growth built on data.

One driverless car will produce 4,000 times more data a day than a human does. Source: Intel

One driverless car will produce 4,000 times more data a day than a human does. Source: Intel

He said: “It is all about data. The thing that is explosive whether its virtual reality, or autonomous driving, is the massive amount of data.

“I always talk about that the data centres of today are build on humans, but the data centre of tomorrow will be built on the machines.

“[For example,] autonomous cars will put out something like 4,000 times the amount of data the average human does in a day. Virtual reality headsets about 2,000 times. So, it is the data centre that really powers the Intel of the future.”

According to Intel, a single autonomous vehicle could produce as much as 1.46 PB of data per year based on 4,000 GB per day every day.

The new car assets such as radar systems, cameras, sonar, GPS, lidar systems and other sensors will be responsible for turning the car into a data production machine which will require more data centre power all over the world.

CEO Krzanich also commented on the recent news which unveiled company plans that could see up to 12,000 of its staff, or 11% of its workforce, worldwide lose their job.

He said: “There was a portion of this that was about reduction and a portion that was about re-structuring how our workforce looked as we moved from a PC-focused company to focused on data centres, IoT and things like virtual reality and so there was absolutely some hiring involved in that too.”