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Intel Cloud In A Box – World’s Smallest Cloud Data Center

Billing it as “the world’s smallest data center”, Intel’s cloud technology demonstrator is basically two 1U servers in a package that fits into a common rolling suitcase.

Designed to show that Intel is already powering the cloud with its Xeon processors, the technology demonstration is also meant to highlight Intel’s other efforts to bring their Cloud 2015 vision to reality.

Hardware specifications for the compact cloud are unspecified but Inside we’re guessing that there’s a few hard-drives apiece, along with technologies like Intel’s “Intelligent Power Node Manager” to balance load across different units and avoid overheating.

The servers are used to demonstrate a variety of Intel technologies, starting with the latest advances in the Xeon processor family, including support for hardware-based encryption and Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology.

This technology focuses on security at the hyper visor level and below. Since we are talking about demonstrating cloud technologies, Intel’s hardware Virtualization Technology is also heavily featured.

Obviously this isn’t something you’d likely buy yourself; the whole portability angle Intel is playing on isn’t really that much of a benefit in the real world, after all, as your easily-toted cloud server would also need a pretty sizable internet pipe wherever you decided to plug it in.

For regular users, something pre-hosted and managed like Apple’s iCloud probably makes a whole lot more sense.

Photo Courtesy of Josh Bancroft
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