"There are technologies, which help to optimise the cloud by giving sequence and structure to the building process," he said. "Such technologies help to enhance this orchestration and we work with design partners to build RA models."
During the conference, nine reference architecture solutions were demonstrated by Intel design partners, which included Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Fujitsu, Microsoft, and VMware.
Cloud as a key strategy for Intel
Intel APAC IT Director and China IT Country Manager Liam Keating said cloud is now a key strategy for the company's IT provisioning. "The company has saved US$17 million by starting cloud services for its 100,000 staff since it started two years ago. The company's IT staff of 6,000 also managed about 91 data centres."
"Two years ago, our IT provisioning was traditional: grid computing, which is a natural precursor to cloud computing," said Keating. "In 2011, the company has built a private cloud for its private use and has experimented with public cloud for a small core of non-risk services. It has achieved 50 percent virtualisation of its servers in the office services category. The goal is to achieve 75 percent virtualisation of the server farm."
"Now, 60 percent of our customers order by automated processes, and 40 percent of customers use cloud services for ordering," he said. "The business benefits of cloud include agility, cost savings, quality of services as well as security. In essence, the four vectors are velocity (for example speed of IT provisioning has been reduced from 90 days to 3 hours), efficiency (server consolidation is at a ratio of 20 to 1), capacity (a shift from capacity planning to using demand forecast models), and quality (driven by the use of standardised configurations)."
"We are still on the cloud adoption road, which normally takes five years, and have not reduced our IT staff headcount," said Keating, who added that staff had been upskilled and now have the opportunity to engage in higher value tasks.
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