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July 14, 2022

Living on the Edge - Ensuring the Right Approach & Architecture

Key Takeaways from Vice President of Network & Edge Group at Intel Bob Ghaffari's session at INS1GHTS 2022: Outsmarting Complexity

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Macro Societal Shifts

We are experiencing rapid macro-societal shifts today. This is especially true in the tech sector. Traditionally, data is produced on an endpoint and then transferred to a data storage facility. However, the current data infrastructure framework isn’t equipped to handle the data generated by the billions of devices that power our lives. At the same time, traditional private networks can be problematic when workloads and data are placed in different environments.

For example, the edge might have just a server and some network and security appliances in the past. That creates unnecessary complexity and is not the best architecture when your computing and data are in different locations. This has led to strong demand for computing at the edge, allowing data to be processed much closer to the source, while lowering latency and improving performance - radically reshaping the data landscape.

Intel's Strategy - Open & Programmable Platforms

Intel is leading the way with its various open, programmable platforms. These range from network security to computing. Another large-scale transformation currently underway is edge native technology., which must solve today’s problems and tomorrow's. Edge native is great because it’s designed to run on a fully distributed network. It’s also highly modular, allowing for ease of deployment. But how can this help outsmart complexity?

“We are in this era of sustained, long-term demand, with an insatiable need for compute.”

This demand is driven by the value of Moore’s Law: the idea that the speed and capability of computers are doubling each year. Similarly, people strongly desire open source ecosystems that have the potential to unleash innovation, while also democratizing computing. Unfortunately, the world’s supply chain has been in crisis since the pandemic began. A balanced and highly resilient supply chain is crucial to support sustainable manufacturing of semiconductors at scale.

For Intel to deliver the leadership products they expect, they need to be anchored on an open and secure platform. Furthermore, that platform needs to be powered by sustainable manufacturing at scale, supercharged by its people and culture. This is best executed by having it all revolve around a self-serving circle powered by global manufacturing. In addition, having a robust supply chain system gives everyone the tools necessary to assemble the right kind of network and edge.

This digital life is creating an even greater need for ubiquitous computing. The digital appetite is endless, reiterating the demand for edge computing.

Edge also needs to be able to keep pace with evolving enterprise requirements. This means there is a real need to provide a flexible architecture to address whatever issue you need on the edge or on-premises. In addition, software-defined and taking advantage of the right policies is ideal from a security standpoint. These key elements are crucial to the needs of enterprise users today, constantly under threat from cyberattacks and outages.

That’s why Intel has always put security first. They securely build products and solutions in a way that caters to their end user’s needs. Furthermore, their technology has to be reliable to continue providing the absolute best platform for their customers.

“There’s a lot more to think about when it comes to the edge. You need to think about your workloads and where you’re placing them. As you’re looking to make these decisions, are you on a platform that is in a way open, programmable, flexible to solve today and tomorrow’s problems?”

Planning Your Distributed Edge Architecture Today

Who better to help plan and create the perfect distributed edge architecture than Intel? Below are a few exciting pieces of tech they offer.

  • Sapphire Rapids is a forthcoming next-generation data center architecture solution with 2x capacity gains and even better capability while building your edge.

  • The Xeon D processor is found in many edge locations offering a fully integrated system on a chip architecture.

  • Intel Netsec Accelerator Reference Design helps continue the cloudification process for users in edge computing.

  • Project Amber is a forthcoming Intel service offering that remotely verifies, and tests compute assets. The tool will launch to select customers later this year.

  • Intel Builders Program is a global ecosystem enabling program that aims to accelerate network transformation by working with a vast community of partners to drive the next generation of networks. Intel Network Builders offers programs, content, and resources dedicated to helping ecosystem partners leverage the service-enabling capabilities of Intel products, evaluate solutions against industry-standard benchmarks, and improve system performance and functionality. Dedicated support, technical training, and marketing benefits are a few of the program’s many benefits.

Thanks to Bob Ghaffari for leading this exciting keynote at INS1GHTS 2022: Outsmarting Complexity. Catch his full session here for more:

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