HPC gain­ing promi­nence

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SURYA­NARAYANAN B Di­rec­tor, Sales In­tel, South Asia

The year 2013 saw the emer­gence of a highly-con­nected, multi-de­vice, world land­scaped with a new gen­er­a­tion of people us­ing per­cep­tual com­put­ing via in­tu­itive in­put meth­ods such as touch, voice and ges­ture. The year was a turn­ing point for cloud de­ploy­ment in the APAC re­gion with cloud users de­mand­ing stan­dard­ized, open, in­ter­op­er­a­ble plat­forms for cloud com­put­ing for gen­eral busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

With in­creas­ing In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion, 2013 saw the con­ver­gence of so­cial me­dia, cloud and mo­bile, with new pop­u­la­tions com­ing on­line and find­ing newer ways to con­nect and share. En­ter­prises saw a resur­gence in con­nec­tiv­ity as em­ploy­ees looked for bet­ter ways to cre­ate con­nec­tions and work ef­fi­ciently with col­leagues.

Big data was a key fo­cus area for a lot of en­ter­prises as they grap­pled with stor­ing and an­a­lyz­ing mas­sive amounts of user data to get near real-time in­sights into cus­tomer be­hav­ior to tai­lor prod­ucts and ser­vices to ex­ceed their cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

The de­mand for stan­dard­ized, open, in­ter­op­er­a­ble plat­forms for cloud com­put­ing be­came a fo­cus in 2013. Com­pa­nies deal­ing with legacy RISC in­fra­struc­ture looked for more ef­fi­cient, cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to han­dle in­creas­ing work­loads and mis­sion-crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.

Out­look 2014

The fol­low­ing trends will dom­i­nate IT spends in 2014.

Ed­u­ca­tion evolv­ing: In­tel pre­dicts that within the next 3-5 years In­dia will see huge growth in de­vice own­er­ship with one de­vice for ev­ery stu­dent in­creas­ingly be­ing the norm. The key chal­lenge will be pro­vid­ing the stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly in re­gional ar­eas, with the right ed­u­ca­tion, de­vices and ser­vices to en­gage them.

Con­sumers de­mand­ing new lev­els of in­ter­ac­tion: In 2014, con­sumers can choose from a range of de­vices in­clud­ing tra­di­tional lap­tops, 2-in-1s, tablets and por­ta­ble AIOs across var­i­ous price-points to fit ev­ery budget. Touch it, type on it or talk to it—these de­vices are multi-task­ing pow­er­houses that will of­fer new in­ter­ac­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The In­ter­net of things spread­ing: New tech­nolo­gies will help ex­tend ven­dors’ reach to rapidly grow­ing ar­eas from the In­ter­net of things to wear­able com­put­ing. This trend is be­ing driven by in­creas­ingly con­nected de­vices, seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity from sen­sors to the data cen­ter, cloud eco­nom­ics for com­pute and data, and the ac­cel­er­a­tion of big data an­a­lyt­ics to ex­tract value from data. The In­ter­net of things of­fers businesses the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop new ser­vices, en­hance

In­dia will have more su­per­com­put­ers listed in the Top 500. In­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion among ex­perts from CSIR, DST and the in­dus­try will pro­pel high-per­for­mance com­put­ing ap­pli­ca­tion

pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency, im­prove real-time de­ci­sion­mak­ing, solve crit­i­cal prob­lems and de­velop new con­sumer ex­pe­ri­ences.

High-per­for­mance com­put­ing gain­ing more promi­nence: With on­go­ing tech in­no­va­tions in the area of HPC, I ex­pect In­dia to have more su­per­com­put­ers listed in the Top 500 in 2014. Ad­di­tion­ally, in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion among leading ex­perts in CSIR, DST and the in­dus­try is ex­pected to fur­ther pro­pel the ap­pli­ca­tion of HPC in In­dia with more sci­en­tists and re­searchers get­ting ac­cess to par­al­lel com­put­ing clus­ters.

Big data pav­ing the way for in­no­va­tion: We be­lieve that hav­ing 15 bil­lion con­nected de­vices in the next few years is achiev­able. The ques­tion is where the data will go when these de­vices con­nect and the best way to use that in­for­ma­tion. This will prompt a whole in­dus­try to grow around pre­dic­tive anal­y­sis and raw data. Big data will help make com­pa­nies smarter, more pro­gres­sive and give them a busi­ness ad­van­tage. Gov­ern­ments will soon fol­low.

Chan­nel op­por­tu­ni­ties

The sys­tem builder com­mu­nity con­tin­ued to lead the way in de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive in 2013. The core sys­tem builder busi­ness mod­els are evolv­ing, and re­sellers to­day are play­ing a greater role in in­flu­enc­ing end cus­tomer tech­nol­ogy buy­ing de­ci­sions.

We are see­ing sys­tem builder part­ners build­ing new types of ap­pli­ances and ac­cess de­vices to cap­i­tal­ize on new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, and we ex­pect more in­no­va­tion to come out of the In­dian sys­tem builder chan­nel in 2014.

SURYA­NARAYANAN B DI­REC­TOR, SALES, IN­TEL, SOUTH ASIA

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