How Intel and Virtual Internet are boosting bandwidth for customers

The world of cloud computing, macroscopically and microscopically speaking, is moving in two opposite directions, both of which have positive benefits for SMEs seeking to exploit new cost benefits and SaaS opportunities in remote hosting datacentres.

===>> Datacentre decentralization

On the one hand, cloud data is being spread across the globe in a wide array of cloud datacenters in an effort to reduce latency and increase bandwidth for a massive army of users now greedily consuming content and applications on smartphones, iPads and other smaller devices. By moving data closer to the user, hosting providers can speed up page load times for both content and e-commerce applications which means more satisfied customers and more online sales.

It has the added benefit of boosting search engine rankings since Google now considers speed to be one of the key signals in recent Panda algorithmic amendments (Read a previous Panda blog post here). These developments above reflect a broad decentralization strategy by hosting providers like Virtual Internet as they seek to diversify their cloud resources and offer international access points to customers around the world.

<<=== Intel Microprocessor Centralization: I/O HUB

On the other hand, something wonderfully interesting is taking place at the microprocessor level, which will also have tremendous benefits for dedicated server and cloud customers on Virtual Internet IaaS infrastructure.   At this microscopic level, Intel is not only making chips smaller, it is adopting a centralization strategy for chips, which boosts performance by up to 80%.

The first thing it did was make chips taller, rather than wider, allowing it to continue its miniaturization process which has now reached 22nm in size.  It did this by switching transistors (that comprise a chip) from a planar or 2D structure to a 3D Tri-Gate structure.   Now electrons flow on three sides of the silicon wafer, not just one, offering massive opportunities to boost performance.

But, perhaps the most interesting leap in chip design relates to building an integrated I/O hub directly on the CPU, which reduces round trips for data travelling in out of the microprocessor.  In layman terms, this means that Intel has reduced the distance that data needs to travel between memory and CPU.

===>> Synergies of Scale <<===

The two developments above add up to boost bandwidth and speed in ways not seen before.   Your applications perform faster, your customers download content and data more quickly, and Google ranks your page at lightening speed.   Decentralizing servers to various global locations combined with Intel’s new integrated chip design are transforming the traditional concept of how data should reach the network and ultimately, the customer.

Virtual Internet, which has an international constellation of datacenters, including a major one in London, has refreshed its server lineup with new Xeon E5 family of processors, which contain the new 22nm chips.   Your world (data, apps, content) just got a lot faster and your customers will love you for this.

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