If Intel really wanted to, it could build your entire data center infrastructure with just about all of the components necessary excepting disk drives, main memory, and operating systems for the servers, storage, and switches. And with a stretch, its Wind River Linux could probably cover that last bit. But that is not the …
"A decade ago, processors largely stopped getting faster"
A decade ago, Intel's x86 processors largely stopped getting faster. FTFY.
Intel's Wind River Linux as a datacentre Linux? FFS, Tim.
Does page 2 get any better?
Disk drives and switches!?
Intel does SSDs and Switches!
(Granted not core/main switches any more... but still good/capable switches!)
"This is a move towards a true software-defined server," said Bryant.
Sounds more like a move towards marketing-defined b*llocks.
All in all this sounds similar to the noises that Microsoft is making: the only way to survive is to become IBM and offering turnkey solutions with some engineering wizardry.
Some of this stuff sounds very nice but the software for it is not going to be easy and I am not convinced that the benefits will outweigh the investments. Current clouds benefit significantly from the low-coupling provided by redundant but cheap hardware. Efficiencies will be gained by having smaller (ie ARM) units. Low coupling also means more independence. Can't help but think that anyone who buys these systems is going to be entirely beholden to Intel.