The Intel Atom has changed a lot over the past few generations. It's grown in processing power and increased in connectivity, offering a balance of power and performance for scalable NAS, personal cloud and video surveillance.
A great example is the Lenovo EMC PX NVR network video recorder with Milestone Arcus. The px2-300d and the px4-300d are stand alone video surveillance solutions bundled with camera licenses and software update plans right out of the box and ready for new features in the future.
They are available in 4 and 8 TB configurations, and designed for installations of up to 20 cameras with support for both IP and analog cameras. These full featured storage devices include many of the features found in more expensive units - h.264, MPEG-4, live view, multiple recording modes, mobile support, and a three year warrantee.
I have a friend who's an IT manager at a mid size construction company. He buys an average of 500 licenses a year for Microsoft Office, runs exchange and has a backup system that's straining to keep up.
The company he works for was acquired a year or two ago by a much larger company and he's been focused on getting on the same "IT page" with his new employer.
He doesn't have a lot of time to talk about CPUs, even with an old friend like me. When we talk tech, it's about budget restraints, shrinking head count, and a phone that won't quit ringing. It's tough to get projects planned and implemented because he's spending so much time fielding tech support questions (have you tried turning it off and turning it back on?), attending meetings and putting out fires.
I came into the Intel channel group just as we were launching the Nehalem server platform. And at the time, it was truly a game changing moment.
The 5500 architecture moved memory from a controller hub directly to the processor, reducing latency and increasing performance by up to 3.5 times over previous generations.
Then came the 5600 with better energy efficiency, up to a 60% performance boost over the 5500 and the addition of several new security features.
The E5-2600 series saw the addition of more memory channels, PCIe directly connected, Data Direct I/O, AVX and much more.
My mind has opened up to a whole new understanding of caching. It came from doing this piece on Intel's Cache Acceleration Software (Intel CAS), a product that's just now gaining traction in the channel.
Intel CAS is another piece in the ever expanding Intel Architecture (IA). It works nicely with Intel SSDs, especially with the Intel PCIe cards like the 910 series, and offers a great opportunity to speed up operations and cut costs for customers running the right programs.
Intel CAS allows you to cache applications, pin data and use DRAM, something that we haven't seen from other caching software. This gives IT the opportunity to really focus in on helping their users get information/data/results quicker and more cost effectively.