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How to Reduce Data Center Bottlenecks with Intel’s Ethernet Solutions

October 19, 2021

How to Reduce Data Center Bottlenecks with Intel’s Ethernet Solutions
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Ninety percent of the world’s data was composed in just the last two years.

The sheer amount of data is exploding—and it’s causing data center bottlenecks everywhere.

Shelby Skrhak speaks with Christopher Creech, Sr. Technical Account Manager at Ingram Micro, about:

  • The negative impacts of bottlenecks
  • The symptoms of a bottleneck
  • Three pillars of Intel’s data-centric approach to IT
  • How Silicon Photonics is different than other transceivers

Data center bottlenecks

Data is being generated by seemingly every little device these days—thermostats, stoves, watches—and it’s being generated at an ever increasing rate.

Data can be valuable, but if your network is experiencing a bottleneck, that value can’t be realized. The CPU just can’t process the data fast enough for it to be useful.

Simply put, bottlenecks keep you from gaining valuable insights to make future business decisions.


It can be tough to diagnose bottlenecks. To the untrained eye, it might just seem like your system is working normally even if in reality, it’s running suboptimally.

If your CPU is only at 40% utilization, that’s a major symptom. This means:

  • You probably spent too much on the CPU
  • What you’re trying to do with your data, you won’t do well

Intel’s three pillars

For years, Intel has maintained a data-centric approach to the IT industry. As part of that, they have focused on fixing three particular bottlenecks.

1. Moving data faster

This is where Ethernet comes into play. Intel is doing a few interesting things with their 800 Series adapters, such as:

  • Increasing Ethernet speeds to 100 GbE
  • Introducing application device queuing
  • Ensuring that IT usability and functionality is as good as it can be

2. Store more data

Intel is ensuring that proper storage types are used so the rest of your system doesn’t have to wait on a slower spinning hard drive to place the data in one location or another.

3. Use the CPU to process all that data

Intel is taking a close look at the silicon on the CPU to ensure that the processing can be done as quickly as possible.

Silicon Photonics

Silicon Photonics is a transceiver like no other.

“It takes advantage of Intel’s expertise in integrated circuit design, which they have from their CPU side of the house, and utilizes it with some additional technology and IP they brought in from companies they’ve bought over the last several years,” Christopher says.

Unlike other transceivers that have multiple components, Silicon Photonics is completely integrated.

There are many benefits to that, including:

  • Less breakage
  • Less dependence on the supply chain
  • Less expensive based on economies of scale

Silicon Photonics is one piece of Intel’s entire Ethernet strategy.

“Intel is really committed to this philosophy of being data centric,” Christopher says, “of eliminating bottlenecks so the functionality that we all believe should be there in the IT space can really be realized.”

For more information, contact Christopher Creech or Andrew Calabrese, or visit Intel’s Ethernet website.

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