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How does a Real Server improve your life?

by on Oct.19, 2009, under Storage

How does a Real Server improve your life?

I”¦d like to introduce myself as a product line manager at Intel who has spent almost a decade ensuring we are creating the best servers to solve small business challenges. Part of my role is to influence future generation products and I”¦d like to learn more about your challenges, needs and desires so I can ensure we address them in our next generation products.

Here is a story I have heard in the past: I canIntel that is designed to keep your business running 24/7.Xeon processors and chipsets are not only validated to run 24/7, but include features such as support for error correcting code memory and RAID for server operating systems that ensure dependability and differentiate a real server from desktop system used as a server.enabling them to focus on business growth and life.What are your small business challenges?Keith


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This is your SOL on Steroids

by on Oct.18, 2009, under Storage

Intel KVM: This is your SOL on Steroids

Intel AMT lets you connect to your managed computer remotely. SOL lets you connect to its COM port and control selected input/output. Nothing new there, right?
In the last IDF, Intel pulled back the curtain on a revolutionary feature: Intel KVM. KVM stands for "Keyboard, Video and Mouse", and it lets you control the, er, keyboard video and mouse of a remote station.

Out Of Band KVM is no triviality. Imagine your PC user calls you with a connectivity problem: You can ask her questions about the system… or you can use Intel KVM to control her system, seeing her screen and controlling her mouse — discovering that the network driver isn&apost installed is a breeze, and fixing it isĀ as simple as inserting the installation disc in your own machine and executing it through IDER (previous Intel AMT features are, of course,Ā available concomitantly).

Intel KVM will show youĀ the entireĀ remote desktop in any case, even in a BSoD, or with a missing hard-disk or CPU.Ā  As much as this is exciting, this sounds scary: what if users want some privacy?
Well, all and any KVM connection starts with a secure graphic output containing a secure password, and this password is required in order to make the connection. This means that there is no Intel KVM session unless the computer user is now in front of the screen and willing to give control. The remote session is indicated to the user, and he has also full control to halt the session at once at the press of a mouse. Reviewed by an internal privacy review board, the technology is planned to be friendly to IT Managers and users alike.

This new feature will be available in some of the 2010 platforms, and is an incredibly useful addition to the other manageability (and remote desktop or KVM) solutions IT shops already have in their toolbox.
In a recent demonstration I performed for local IT Managers, the reception was overwhelming! Instead of performing this full demo on the web, I&aposll let you with this teaser.

We&aposll be soon posting on this blogs new information about this technology (with videos!). Stay tuned, it is going to be an exciting topic!


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Blog action day – the new opportunity for Intel in addressing climate change

by on Oct.15, 2009, under Storage

Blog action day – the new opportunity for Intel in addressing climate change

Addressing climate change is not something new for us. But how we are now looking at the issue is.

As a company, Intel has taken steps to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of our operations for many years now. We’ve been publicly reporting our greenhouse gas emissions, both in our annual CSR report and through the Carbon Disclosure Project, which recently recognized us in their 2009 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. We’ve invested millions of dollars in energy efficiency and resource conservation projects throughout our global operations and we took the step in 2008 to become the largest purchaser of green power in the U.S. according to the EPA, with the goal of hopefully stimulating the market for renewable energy over the long-term.

But today, we are spending more time looking at our products as well. Over the past few years, we’ve focused on also continuing to reduce the carbon footprint of our products, committing ourselves to being the leader in energy efficient performance. We’re already seeing results of this shift – we estimate that between 2006 and 2008, products based on the IntelĀ® Coreā„¢ microarchitecture-including desktop, notebook, and server computers-used 20 terawatt hours less electricity than products powered by our previous-generation architecture would have. What’s 20 terawatts? Roughly equivalent to the energy savings associated with averting 15 million tons of energy-related CO2 emissions or removing 3 million cars from the road.

But the second piece of this is even more interesting – how our products and technology can be applied across other sectors of the economy to reduce emissions and environmental impact. For Intel, and others in our industry, there is great potential for our technology to play a role in reducing environmental impact and addressing climate change. Think of all of the industries that have traditionally underinvested in technology – how investing in technology can make them more energy efficient and help them reduce their impact. To get a picture of the opportunity here – check out the Smart2020 report as well as a recent blog post highlighting new academic research on the potential in this space.

What goes without saying is that significant collaboration will be required in order to fully realize this opportunity – so we’ve reached out to other companies and organizations to help advance the discussion. To take part in the discussion and see what Intel and other companies doing, also check out the blog for the Digital Energy Solutions Campaign which Intel has co-sponsored to explore how new technologies can be applied to improve energy efficiency.

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