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Intel is currently touring around the world promoting cloud computing and its rather unusual "cloud-in-a-box" demo system which can fit into a suitcase and this is in fact how Intel is taking the server with them. The "cloud-in-a-box" server actually consists of a pair of compact servers with a pair of Xeon CPUs in each server, although it's apparently not a retail product.

Intel is currently touring around the world promoting cloud computing and its rather unusual "cloud-in-a-box" demo system which can fit into a suitcase and this is in fact how Intel is taking the server with them. The "cloud-in-a-box" server actually consists of a pair of compact servers with a pair of Xeon CPUs in each server, although it's apparently not a retail product.

In as much as the "cloud-in-a-box" server is a fun demo (fun for a server demo at least), it also demonstrates how compact and powerful servers have become. Each of the Xeon CPUs features eight cores and 16 threads for a total of 32 threads across the two comparatively compact servers. In fact, Intel went as far as suggesting that one server like this could replace an entire rack of older servers. Intel was keen on pointing out that only two percent of the cost of a data centre is spent on the servers, while a massive 80 percent is spent on the building, electricity and cooling. Apparently this is a subject Intel is going to talk more about in a few weeks' time, but that was as much as the company was willing to reveal for now.

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Intel made some interesting arguments for cloud computing as well, as you'd expect them to do, as they are after all investing heavily into cloud computing. By 2015 Intel expects there to be over 1 Billion people on the internet and an insane 15 Billion connected devices that are shuffling an astounding 1 Zetabyte of data around. That's only four years from now not exactly what you'd call the distant future. Intel's cloud vision for 2015 is focusing on securely shared data between public and private clouds, client aware services and automated cloud servers.

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One interesting example that Intel highlighted was that per about every 600 smartphones, one server is needed, but this number drops drastically when we're talking tablets, as each server can only support 122 tablets in comparison. We're talking about content delivery here and Intel claims that tablet users are accessing "richer media" content than smartphone users.

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Intel is expect its data centre processor growth to double between last year and 2015 with cloud computing accounting for some 20 percent share, up from 10 percent last year. The interesting thing here is that most other segments are expected to shrink percentage wise with the only exception being the networking segment.

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Of course an Intel presentation wouldn't be an Intel presentation without some talk about manufacturing processes and Intel is quite boldly claiming that its competitors are falling further and further behind as they've stagnated on a 40-45nm technology while Intel is ready to start producing 22nm silicon later this year using its Tri-Gate technology. Considering how much money Intel is re-investing into manufacturing this is hardly surprising, but the competition is also likely to move forward a generation and a half shortly when a lot of the other foundries are moving to 28nm. Even so, Intel does have a technological lead over its competitors and it'll be interesting to see how Intel leverages that.