Intel started off the new financial year with a bang by announcing the widest range of data-centric products in the history of the company. At an event held in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Prakash Mallya, vice president and managing director, Sales and Marketing Group for Intel India, told Analytics India Magazine that this range of solutions was specifically designed to help their customers extract more value from data.
Explaining the thought process behind the launch of such core data-centric products, Mallya explained, “A single human being on earth creates 1.7 megabytes of data every second. And on top of that, we have 200 billion devices including sensors creating more. So, there is a tremendous amount of data handling involved. But most of the data was created in the last two years. And the most important point is that only 2% of that data has been analysed so far.”
At the Bengaluru event, Intel made the following key announcements:
- General availability of the 2nd-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor optimised for customers’ most demanding processing requirements.
- The launch of more than 50 workload-optimised Intel Xeon processors, complemented by dozens of custom processors designed with deep engineering engagements. This includes a new 56-core, 12 memory channel Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processor.
- New features in the 2nd-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors like Intel Deep Learning Boost for AI deep learning inferencing acceleration and support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory.
- The launch of new Intel Agilex FPGAs, a new 10nm Intel FPGA that will deliver flexible hardware acceleration for the data-centric era.
“Our belief and data suggests that by the end of this year, AI-enabled applications would reach a market size of $10 billion, which is a significant opportunity, especially for global companies hosted out of India.”
Three ‘Megatrends’ That Intel Followed
Mallya explained that Intel recognised the tremendous opportunity that India and our massive generation of data offered. He said that their data-centric strategy is closely aligned to growing demands across enterprises, government, cloud/SaaS players, communications service providers, start-ups and system integrators in the country.
And its a wrap! Intel India's #datacentric Innovation Day witnessed the launch of our broadest ever product portfolio for #cloud, #AI and #5G that aims to drive technology innovation. A big thank you to our customers, partners and OEMs for making this a huge success. pic.twitter.com/0aKj27PPRL
— Intel India (@IntelIndia) April 3, 2019
Explaining how these products by Intel had a strong foundation on “megatrends” observed in global markets, Mallya told AIM that they could be divided into three broad categories.
- Democratisation of AI: Over the last two years in AI, a lot of contributions have emerged in the industry. But the majority of the contributions have been concentrated in large data-led companies. “What I believe is — whether you are a large company or small, benefits of AI should uplift you.”
- 5G: “We are in the age of 5G, both in India and globally and it is truly going to be revolutionary. 5G will force the thinking within the operators to create a network that is agile, scalable and really beats the need of the data that is going to come through.”
- Cloud: Mallya said that he thought the Cloud as the most matured of all the three trends. “And from an Intel point of view, I would argue that if we look at the architecture and the scalability of it, the last two decades alone have made a giant leap in this technology and made the existence and usage of the cloud possible. “And today, when you look at the cloud, it transforms itself from storage through the enterprise to the network. It is really becoming an accepted service delivery model.”
Mallya said that as India continues on the path of massive data-driven disruption, Intel’s comprehensive product portfolio to move, store and process data from the intelligent edge to multi-cloud underscores their ability to drive innovation across sectors.
Building on more than 20 years of data centre platforms and customer collaboration, Intel’s data centre solutions target server, network, storage, internet of things applications and workstations. In fact, the portfolio of products is just a step towards Intel’s data-centric strategy to pursue a $300 billion data-driven market opportunity.
In India, early adopters of the new data-centric product portfolio include CtrlS, Wipro Limited and Zoho. Additionally, key hardware and software ecosystem players such as Acer, Cisco, Dell, Lenovo and SAP, among others, have market-ready solutions to enable customers to efficiently deploy Intel’s latest technologies and enhance performance across workloads.
A glimpse of all the action from the #datacentric event demo zone today. Check out real life applications of cutting-edge technology with demos of Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors and Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory among other demos by @VMware, @h2oai, @SAPIndia. pic.twitter.com/SNzfralDzm
— Intel India (@IntelIndia) April 3, 2019
(Inputs by Harshajit Sarmah)