AMD focusing on Cloud and Virtualization Enterprise Chips To Improve Performance
Business computing is quickly moving to virtualization and cloud computing and in the near future it is expected to dominate the computing industry. The result has been more IT developers creating the technology that will meet enterprise computing needs. There is now a trend of focusing on advanced micro server chips to improve performance. The developers are taking such computing areas into consideration when developing their chips: increased amounts of data, social networking, more people accessing the internet, mobile computing, and the need for businesses to do things with fewer resources. The cloud and virtualization are playing a major role as they offer improved management, high security, high availability, high performance, and lower costs.
As the chips are being developed, attention is being paid to how data will be managed such as how the data will be moved, stored, and backed up. They are recognizing that powerful and fast servers are needed. AMD is moving toward creating the solutions needed to meet business and consumer demands. AMD introduced its first Fusion chips during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. They have created chips with compute and discrete-level graphics, including DirectX 11 capabilities. The result is that it improves the overall user experience. With the growing amount of online video content being produced, this technology is much needed to maintain powerful and reliable computing.
AMD is also working on an APU that is based on the “Bobcat” core, code-named “Krishna,” which will extend across desktops, notebooks and tablets. Krishna is due out in 2012. Gartner analysts are expecting “tablets to have a growing impact in the commercial space.” In March, Gartner announced “it is adding Apple’s iPad and other tablets into its global IT spending forecasts, and that for 2011, the move increased the projected spending growth from 5.1 percent to 5.6 percent.”
AMD is expected to release Opteron chips with one code-named “Interlagos,” which will offer up to 16 cores and will target two- and four-socket systems. Multiple cores will give businesses improved performance in cloud and virtual environments. AMD’s computing strategy will enable programs to share resources more efficiently and boost performance and efficiency which will ensure business demands and needs are being met.