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Private Cloud Is Very Popular Yet Nobody's Doing It

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2017 -- Reminiscent of the Yogi Berra quote about the restaurant that had become unpopular because so many people went there, Intel is seeing strong demand for on-premises enterprise cloud, even while conventional server component sales are declining.

What's going on? Enterprises are extremely interested in on-premises cloud, but not deploying it because it's too difficult, Sandra Rivera, corporate vice president and general manager for the Intel Corp. network platforms group, tells Light Reading.

Enterprises want to keep mission-critical data on premises, Rivera says. Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), for example, isn't going to put its silicon fab manufacturing data on a public cloud for security, performance and latency. And many enterprises are in the same position with regard to their most important data.

And yet, while enterprises still comprise half of the data center group business last year, the enterprise server business is contracting in single digits. (See 'Troubled' Intel Rakes in the Dough.)

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"Everyone is moving to cloud," Rivera says. Enterprises want to achieve resource pooling and other benefits. But they're moving to public cloud. "It's easier to move to the public cloud than to stand up and deploy on-prem cloud."

Intel's Sandra Rivera
Intel's Sandra Rivera

Intel is working to simplify on-premises cloud deployments by contributing to open source projects, such as OpenStack, designed to make standing up clouds easier, and building broad ecosystems of providers to assist enterprises.

Intel is also developing CPUs, NICS, SSDS and FPGAs to develop high-performance fabrics to support clouds, with integration needed to package and create reference architectures and solution blueprints to eliminate trial and error in development, Rivera said.

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ChiefTec25943 3/2/2017 | 9:34:26 PM
Plenty enterprises us private cloudd I have no idea what planet Rivera is on but plenty of enterprises use private clouds powered by Intel. Her comment is ridiculous.
brooks7 3/2/2017 | 9:59:18 AM
Re: Penny wise Mitch,

You just described a bunch of servers running VMware.  IT folks were doing that before we talked about the cloud.  Which is my point.


I ran a bunch of servers in data centers, so yes I understand.  The point here was bringing it back to the premise as far as I can tell.


mendyk 3/2/2017 | 9:40:24 AM
Re: Penny wise As one IT expert recently observed, it's pretty easy to move your data into the public cloud. It's a lot harder to pull it back.
Mitch Wagner 3/2/2017 | 7:10:20 AM
Re: Penny wise Part of the cost lies in retraining or hiring new talent, rewriting apps to take advantage of the new architecture, and planning migration. 

Difficulty and cost are interchangeable. 
Mitch Wagner 3/2/2017 | 7:09:03 AM
Re: Penny wise Private cloud is different from legacy architecture in that private cloud uses software and interfaces to pool resources for applications. With conventional architecture, individual applications are tied to individual servers or groups of servers. With private cloud, workloads can migrate, allowing for more efficient use of resources. 
Joe Stanganelli 3/2/2017 | 4:51:07 AM
Re: Penny wise @brooks7: well, to be fair, sometimes it's somebody else's basement/datacenter that you're leasing.  ;)
Joe Stanganelli 3/2/2017 | 4:49:51 AM
Great minds @Mitch: You and I are on the same wavelength, I think.  I immediately thought of the same Yogi Berra quip the instant I saw the headline.

In any case, I think we've gotten to the point where it's "easier" to go to public cloud simply because, if you're an enterprise that's making that digital-transformation commitment anyway, you're probably on track for public cloud anyway -- so may as well go the express route.

That said, many companies/industries do still feel the need for private cloud, but that number is beginning to shrink.
brooks7 3/1/2017 | 3:52:04 PM
Re: Penny wise So, is putting a bunch of servers in your data room a "private cloud"?

Why is it not called "Do Nothing"?



mendyk 3/1/2017 | 1:36:06 PM
Penny wise The degree of difficulty regarding private cloud is probably less a factor than the cost -- as in, it's just cheaper to use public cloud services. The question is whether that economy holds up over the long run.
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