RESEARCH PAPER: Intel SDI Enables Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligence

By Patrick Moorhead - March 3, 2015
Intel’s concept of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) extends the definition of the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). SDI is a re-evaluation of system architecture driven by the requirements of business flow, workloads, and specific applications—not by a menu of hardware available to purchase at the moment. SDI could transform mainstream datacenters and has the potential to displace current datacenter infrastructure and highly available transaction processing systems by the end of this decade. Until now, SDI has been conceptual, but Intel is working to enable real-world usage models to turn the SDI vision into a reality.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Intel SDI: The Future of Cloud Orchestration & Management
  • The Intel IoT Platform & Data Analytics
  • SDI's Role in the IoT Value Chain
  • Agile, Flexible Networks
  • Smarter Networks
  • IoT Frontend
  • Composable Resources
  • Analytics Throughout the Value Chain
  • Use Case 1: Enabling the Smart Factory of the Future
  • Use Case 2: Inventory Optimization in Retail
  • Conclusion
  • Figure 1: Operational Layers for Intel SDI Framework
  • Figure 2: Intel IoT Platform
  • Figure 3: SDI in the IoT Value Chain
You can download the paper here.

Companies Cited

  • Cloudera
  • Dell
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Mobile Edge Computing Industry Specification Group
  • Revolution Analytics
  • VMware
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.