back to article The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

Intel's stock price fell on Wednesday after it became clear the processor maker is not selling quite as many server processor chips as investors had hoped. The Silicon Valley giant reckons its CPU sales into data centers will hit double-digit growth by the end of the year. So far, with half the year gone, we're staring at mid- …

  1. P. Lee

    >They've finished constructing their latest data centers and have more than enough workload capacity available for now, hence a cut in spending on Intel's x86 Xeon chips which investors didn't expect.

    In that case, investors paid zero attention to the industry and the business and made all their decisions based on recent numbers.

    Don't make beancounters the decision-makers.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: Don't make beancounters the decision-makers

      It's unfortunately way too late for that. Beancounters have taken over everything including NASA, a place where I would have expected engineers to hold the top positions.

  2. joeldillon

    /Literally/ decimate? I'm not sure summary execution of employees is legal even in America!

  3. David Roberts

    PC chip volumes down

    So raise the prices.

    Either Intel has an effective monopoly or the door just opened for other suppliers.

    AMD? Hello? Anyone there?

  4. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Others have to take some of the blame as well

    When MS and Oracle start charging per core rather than per CPU and increasing the prices a lot, there is suddenly less incentive to replace a Xeon V3 with a XEON V5 system.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Data estimates

    "if you look out into 2020, that average person will generate about 1.5GB a day" and "If you take a look at the average autonomous car in 2020, the estimates right now are it will throw off about 40GB a minute of data"

    But these numbers are supposedly in the context of cloud(tm) processing, so...

    ...we're looking at ~45GB/month uploads, just for social media. For automobiles, we're looking at ~2.4TB/hour, let's say for two hours/day, for 20 days/month, which comes to ~48TB/month of uploads.

    Are ISPs going to be able to provide that sort of bandwidth per user at an affordable price within four years?

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: Data estimates

      "autonomous car .. about 40GB a minute of data"

      Very likely in its own sensors, but almost bugger-all of that will be hauled back to the cloud as the radio bandwidth is simply not available for the huge number of cars in most cities (along will all of those trying to use youtube on mobiles, etc).

      Sure they might sell CPUs for on-board processing but most likely it will be ARM for lower power and cost if the car companies have anything to say about it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Data estimates

        I agree, and can't see the sense in uploading the raw data, but that was the context in which those numbers were quoted.

        But why would Intel's CEO say such a thing?

        Making such an unprompted and implausible claim tells us something important about the state of things at Intel.

        It has the flavour of trying to be reassuring, but then why would Intel feel that they need to reassure unless they feel threatened?

    2. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: Data estimates

      are it will throw off about 40GB a minute of data

      How much data does an F1 race car generate? How much is actually kept?

      That might help get a more accurate figure.

      Do we ned to keep every reading of say the tye pressure sensors when we really only need a snapshot when someding goes outside pre-defined limits.

      There are obvious 'dataholics' in charge of the people who come up with these guestimates. Perhaps they need to be chopped off at the head first?

    3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Data estimates

      "If you take a look at the average autonomous car in 2020, the estimates right now are it will throw off about 40GB a minute of data"

      It is now July 2016. Significant numbers of autonomous cars on the road in less than four years? Sorry, I can't see it.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Data estimates

      The only way those figures make sense is if you lump all the intra- as well internet-work traffic flows generated by and about a user. Hell, just ads let alone the other beefy parts of every page make for some hefty totals. Then it makes sense.

      Someone else took care of the autonomous vehicle issue(s).

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    40GB a minute???

    FFS, what are these people on?

    Oh, btw Mr Intel, how did WiMax work out for you?

    Or any of your other non-x86 ventures?

    Or even x86 in non-traditional markets (mobile x86 - unsellable even with ~$100 per system "contra revenue").

    They'll be OK for a while though, especially if Softbank's efforts muddy the waters for the future of ARM.

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