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Video: Diversity & inclusion make a difference

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by Peter Krass on 09/29/2022
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Having a diverse workforce isn’t just a good idea — it’s also good business.

A study by consultants McKinsey & Co. found that companies with culturally and ethnically diverse management teams outperform less-diverse competitors by an impressive 33%.

Overall, the tech industry has some catching up to do. Compared with the overall private industry, the high-tech sector employs more whites, Asian Americans and men, and a smaller share of Blacks, Hispanics and women, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In addition, men are represented at a higher rate among tech industry executives. About 80% of tech execs are men, compared with 71% across the overall private sector, the EEOC says.

If your tech provider company hasn’t yet initiated an inclusion program, you may need to catch up. Nearly 8 in 10 companies recently surveyed by compliance-training company Traliant say they plan to allocate more budget and other resources to their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs over the next year.

Diversity inside

One company already active in this area is Intel. Among the company’s initiatives is the creation of leadership programs aimed at creating a more inclusive culture.

Intel has also set ambitious diversity goals. By 2030, Intel plans to increase the number of women in senior technical roles to over 40%, and double the number of women and minorities in senior leadership roles.

To learn more, watch this short video, a recent entry in our “What’s in IT for Me?” video series hosted by Katie Bavoso of CRNtv:


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Research roundup: Cyber worries, metaverse readiness, remote work recognition, hybrid-cloud skills

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by Peter Krass on 09/28/2022
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Cybersecurity is up. Execs are ready for the metaverse. Remote workers may be missing out. And hybrid-cloud skills are scarce.

That’s some of the latest in IT research. And here’s your tech provider’s roundup.

Cybersec worries

In response to the growing threat of data breaches, 9 in 10 U.S. organizations have recently adopted a heightened cybersecurity posture, finds a survey by SaaS provider Diligent.

Also, 40% of respondents say a data breach is their top risk for revenue growth. That outpolled both security and fraud (37%) and risk of recession (also 37%).

The most common forms of cyber attacks experienced by respondents were social engineering (cited by 17%), cloud vulnerabilities (13%) and third-party exposures (11%).

To get its findings, Diligent surveyed more than 450 senior risk, compliance and security pros working in the United States.

In a related survey, this one conducted by ID-management vendor Venafi, 81% of companies worldwide said they’d had a cloud-related security incident in the last 12 months. And nearly half (45%) said that during the same time period, they’d had at least 4 cyber incidents.

Metaverse? Bring it on!

Nearly 8 in 10 business professionals (78%) say they’re ready for the metaverse.

That’s according to a global survey conducted by Ciena, a networking systems and software supplier. It was a big survey, receiving responses from 15,000 business pros in 15 countries.

Top findings include:

> 96% of respondents believe virtual meetings in the metaverse will have value

> 78% say they’d participate in more immersive experiences like the metaverse

> 87% would feel comfortable conducting an HR meeting in a virtual space

> 71% can see the metaverse becoming part of existing work practices

Remote working? Mind the gap

There’s a big gap between workers and bosses when it comes to recognizing work contributions.

More than half of office workers believe their contributions will be just as well recognized when they work from home as when they work in the office, according to a survey by Envoy, a provider of workplace platforms.

But their bosses disagree. Nearly all (96%) say they recognize employee contributions much more in the office.

The two sides do agree on one thing: The office provides a sense of community. That got buy-in from 94% of the bosses surveyed and 84% of the office workers.

Hybrid-cloud concerns

Hybrid cloud is critical to modernization, but there’s a problem: Nearly 70% of business and technology decision-makers worry that their teams lack the needed skills.

That’s a key finding of IBM’s new “state of the cloud” survey. IBM got responses from over 3,000 respondents in 12 countries and 15 industries.

Hybrid cloud is important, the survey finds. Seventy-one percent of respondents say they’d find it difficult to realize the full potential of digital transformation without hybrid cloud.

Yet 69% of respondents said their team lacks proficiency in hybrid-cloud skills. And more than a third say this lack of tech skills is holding them back from integrating ecosystem partners in their hybrid-cloud environments.

Sounds like a great time to offer hybrid-cloud training.


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Introducing the 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

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by Peter Krass on 09/27/2022
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If your customers are looking for next-level PC performance, powerful platform features and immersive experiences, 13 could be their lucky number.

That’s because Intel today introduced its 13th Gen Intel Core processor family. Code-named Raptor Lake, these new processors have been designed to power desktop PCs used by tech enthusiasts, gamers, content creators and business users alike.

Under the hood

Just like the previous 12th Gen Intel Core processors, the new Intel Core CPUs run with a hybrid architecture: both Performance cores (P-cores) and Efficient cores (E-cores).

With the 13th Gen, Intel has improved the P-core with higher frequencies and increased both the Intel Smart Cache and total LT cache. The core count now goes as high as 24 — made up of 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores — with as many as 32 threads.

Connectivity features include support for Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) wireless networks and the Killer Intelligent Engine, which automatically detects and switches to the fastest access point. Also supported: Thunderbolt 4 for easier device connections.

Intel UHD Graphics are onboard for immersive experiences and gaming. Intel Deep Learning Boost offers yet more support for immersive experiences, as does Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator 3.0.

Platform improvements

The 13th gen delivers several platform improvements. These include support for CPU PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes) and new continued support for DDR5 and DDR4 memory with a memory-transfer rate of up to 5,600 MT/sec.

Intel says the new CPUs will offer 15% better single-threaded performance, and up to 41% better multithreaded performance.

The processor family is led by the i9-13900K, which has a clock speed of up to 5.8 GHz. In all, the new family offers 6 unlocked desktop processors, and Intel says many more SKUs are coming soon.

The new CPUs are backward compatible with the previous 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors. They use the same socket and pinout. Conversely, older Intel 600 Series chipsets are forward compatible with the 13th Gen Intel Core processors.

Special features

The new processors also feature Intel Thread Director. It assists the OS scheduler to prioritize and manage workloads, sending tasks to the best thread.

Also included is Intel Thermal Velocity Boost. This feature increases the clock velocity of selected SKUs by up to 100 MHz when 2 conditions are met: the processor’s temperature is no higher than 70 C (158 F), and some turbo power budget is available.

Yet another included feature is Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. It improves lightly threaded performance by identifying the best-performing P-cores. What’s more, it does so without increasing the voltage and without operating beyond the spec; in other words, this isn’t overclocking.

That said, overclocking is doable with another feature, Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU). This precision toolset helps experienced overclockers get even more performance from their unlocked processors.

Memory overclocking can also be simplified with Intel Extreme Memory Profile 3.0 (Intel XMP). It sets memory appropriately to allow high-performance RAM. The user selects the profile that meets their preferences. Then Intel XMP automatically adjusts frequency, voltage and timings.

So tell your customers about the new 13th Gen Intel Core desktop processors. It could be their lucky day.

Discover more:

> 13th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processors Product Brief

> Get help selling 13th Gen Intel Core processor-based devices and systems. Intel Partner Alliance offers trainings, selling guides, quick reference guides and more.



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The latest Intel NUC devices are made for PC enthusiasts

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by Peter Krass on 09/20/2022
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Intel has just introduced a mini PC and customizable kit designed especially for PC enthusiasts.

Called the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast, this device family is aimed at consumers who are into gaming, streaming and content creation.

As you might guess, the “12” indicates that these devices are all built around the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors. And these latest devices, previously code-named Serpent Canyon, join other models of the Intel NUC 12 line.

Those include the Intel NUC 12 Extreme and Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element, both introduced in April. And the Intel NUC 12 Pro, introduced just last month, which features Intel vPro technology and is designed for use by small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Shipments of both the mini PC and kit are expected to begin later this month. Retail prices will range from $1,180 to $1,350, depending on the configuration. Later, fully equipped desktop systems will also be offered by resellers and system integrators.

Under the hood

The new Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast is optimized for gaming with the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. The i7 offers performance up to 4.7 GHz with Turbo Max. Options include Intel Arc discrete graphics with a choice of 2.5, 8, 12 or 16 GB of GDDR6 memory. The processor is also eligible for Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Connectivity comes via Intel Wi-Fi 6E, six USB 3.2 ports, an Ethernet port, Thunderbolt 4 connections, SDXC slot, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4. There are also plugs for both audio speakers and a headset.

Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast - front and back

Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast: ports galore

Storage options include two M.2 slots for PCIe Gen 4 NVMe, plus one slot for PCIe Gen 3 NVMe or SATA SSDs.

The mini PC version comes in a small form factor: 9.1 x 7.1 x 2.4 inches. To save even more room, a special stand holds the device vertically.

There’s also a customizable logo mask. Each Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast mini PC and kit comes with blank masks. You can customize it by placing your own logo under the RGB-backlit top lid.

You can also control and optimize Intel NUC systems with the Intel NUC Software Studio. This lets you monitor and tune systems while working from an Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast. You can use the software to tune your customers’ system, LED, CPU usage and performance modes.

Training & marketing help

Intel is also offering training to help you get up to speed on the Intel NUC as well as marketing materials to help you sell them.

Intel Partner Marketing Studio offer assets for Intel NUC 12 that include product briefs, lifestyle images, brochures and more. Check out the Intel NUC 12 marketing assets on Partner Marketing Studio.

Intel Partner University offers 31 training courses around Intel NUC technology.

You’ll also find a more in-depth Competency entitled NUC Mini PC Solutions that offers 16 courses on related products and solutions.

If you have customers into gaming, content creation and streaming, tell them about the Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast mini PC and kit. Their response should be enthusiastic.

Explore more:

> Product brief: Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast

> Technical specs: Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast


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How Intel & Kaseya are making remote PC management even easier

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by Peter Krass on 09/16/2022
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With so many people now working from home, the ability to manage your customers’ PCs from wherever is vital.

Despite all the chatter about “getting back to the office,” literally millions of Americans still work from their living rooms, kitchens and other home spaces.

A survey by management consultants McKinsey & Co., conducted this past spring, found nearly 6 in 10 American workers (58%) can do their job from home at least 1 day a week. And nearly 1 in 3 Americans (35%) can work from home all the time.

In part, that’s why Intel has joined forces with Kaseya Ltd. Together, these two companies are providing a new way for you and your customers to get started with Intel Endpoint Management Assistant (Intel EMA).

Remote and secure

If you’re unfamiliar with Intel EMA, it’s software that gives you the ability to remotely and securely manage devices with Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) beyond your customer’s firewall via the cloud on known Wi-Fi networks.

As for Kaseya, it offers a software product, Kaseya VSA, that provides all-in-one endpoint management, automation and protection. Kaseya recently announced that VSA can now remotely discover and manage an endpoint enabled with the Intel vPro platform. This integration empowers VSA users to centralize their IT management from a single dashboard.

More specifically, VSA users can now leverage Intel vPro capabilities that include PowerControl, AlarmClock, Remote Secure Erase and configuration information. Among other things, this means you can turn on a vPro-enabled PC, patch it, and then turn the system off again—all from wherever you normally work.

That’s pretty handy. As Kaseya points out, nearly half the PCs currently managed by MSPs are already enabled with Intel vPro.

Join virtual event

If this sounds interesting, then learn more by attending a virtual event, Modern Manageability with Kaseya and the Intel vPro Platform.

During this presentation, you’ll discover the benefits of endpoint management with Intel and Kaseya. Hear about the productivity, efficiency and security gains this combo can bring. And watch a live demo.

You could also win a valuable prize. One grand prize winner, chosen at random from the attendees, will receive an Amazon gift card valued at $500. You could be the winner!

This virtual event happened on Sept. 22, 2022, via Microsoft Teams, starting at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.

Register now to join this virtual event: Modern Manageability with Kaseya and Intel vPro Platform

Watch this virtual event on demand.


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Unleash network & storage I/O across the network with Intel tech

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by Peter Krass on 09/13/2022
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“An Intel Xeon Scalable processor is a terrible thing to waste.”

So says Intel Ethernet tech sales specialist Gary Gumanow.

What Gary means is this: Delivering serious performance gains on your customers’ servers requires not just the latest CPUs, but also eliminating lurking bottlenecks and delivering powerfully matched storage and Ethernet components; a balance that unleashes the entire server platform.

Get that right, and there are some real benefits for your customers:

> Virtual machine (VM) density increased 2.75x

> Network and storage performance improved 10.5x

> Solution costs lowered by 42%

Sound good, right? Let’s explore why these gains require not just the latest, greatest processor, but a true integrated platform.

Scaling comparisons

The Scale IT Up tool showcases a configuration comparison that illustrates how the gains accumulate, starting with a baseline configuration:

> CPU: 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Gold 5220 processor

> Storage: SATA Intel SSD D3-S4510 series

> Network: 10GbE Intel Ethernet Network Adapter X710

With CPU utilization rate at 85%, this setup can process about 10.3 million total operations. Network storage I/O comes in at 834 MB/sec., supporting 16 VMs.

Scale up just the processor: For the next configuration, swap in an Intel Xeon Gold 5318Y processor, a processor similar to the Gold 5220, but a member of the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor family. There are no changes to either the SATA-based D3-S4510 SSD or the 10GbE Intel Ethernet Network Adapter.

Now, with CPU utilization at 90%, we’re processing 15.6 million total operations, up roughly 50% over the baseline. Network storage I/O, by contrast, has barely budged at 853 MB/sec., but we’re still on 10GbE and now supporting 26 VMs.

Scale up the network: To address the I/O shortfall, Gary next upgrades the connection to a 25GbE Intel Ethernet Network Adapter E810, one of the company’s current 800 Series adapters.

With CPU utilization at 93%, we’re now processing 16.4 million total operations. That’s about 60% better than the baseline and 5% better than the previous configuration. Seems like there might be a bottleneck somewhere in this configuration.

The real improvement, naturally enough, comes with network storage I/O. It’s now 1.1 TB/sec. That’s over 30% better than the baseline. And we’re still at 26 VMs, but at 93% CPU utilization there is no more room for performance scaling.

Scale up the processor and storage: Gary takes it up a notch on two fronts. The new CPU is a 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Gold 6338 processor. That’s paired with NVMe Intel SSD D7-P5510 Series drives. These drives, unlike the baseline SATA drives, support NVMe over RDMA, or NVMe/RDMA.

With CPU utilization still at 90%, performance is now rated at 21.8 million total operations. That’s more than 2x the baseline performance.

Network storage I/O is now 5.79 TB/sec. Compared with the baseline configuration, that’s an improvement of nearly 6x.

Scale up the processor and network:

For the next test configuration, there are 2 more improvements. First, a new CPU 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Platinum 8360Y processor. And second, a new network connection with the 100GbE Intel Ethernet Network Adapter 810CQDA2.

Now the gains are truly impressive. Performance is up to about 26.5 million total operations. Compared with the baseline, that’s an increase approaching 3x.

Network storage I/O is looking good, too. It’s now at about 8.7 GB/sec. Compared with the baseline, that’s up nearly 10.5x.

CPU utilization is actually lower, at 82%. And now we can support 44 VMs, more than double that of the base configuration.

As Gary G. says, scale IT up…or you and your data-center customers could be wasting valuable IT resources.

Lower cost, too

But wait, there’s more. All this advanced tech may be powerful, but it comes at a price. So how do these various setups compare on a cost basis?

At a high level, all the scaled-up configurations cost less than the baseline to deliver the same workload, according to Gary’s math. The following chart tells the story:

Cost to deliver 150 VMs

However, as Gary is quick to point out, that’s not the whole story.

Because the more advanced configurations (on the right side of the chart above) require fewer physical servers, they also enjoy fewer network bottlenecks. The following chart, also courtesy of Gary, shows how:

Network bottlenecks chart

Put it all together, and you’re delivering the workload for 17% lower cost, while also delivering a 4.5x improvement in storage and network I/O.

Note: The comparative analyses used in this document were done by HeadGear Strategic Communications (Pty) Ltd. and commissioned by Intel. Results are simulated and provided for informational purpose only. Intel does not control or audit the third-party benchmark data or websites referenced here.

Scale IT up to unleash data-center storage:

> Intel Scale IT Up

> Intel Xeon Scalable processors

> Intel SSD data center storage

> Intel 800 Series network adapters

> Introducing the New 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Intel Partner University training)


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EdTech as a Service (ETaaS) gets test run in Arizona with help from Dell & Intel

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by Peter Krass on 09/12/2022
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You already know Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Now get ready for a new service model known as Education Technology as a Service (ETaaS).

One of the first ETaaS proof-of-capability programs is already underway, the result of a partnership between Intel, Dell Technologies and the Chandler Unified School District of Arizona.

Together, Intel, Dell and Chandler Unified hope to better understand the feasibility of ETaaS as a new service model for K‒12 schools.

Thousands of devices

As part of the program, 4,000 new devices were deployed. That’s enough for all of Chandler High School’s students, teachers and staff members.

For students, the devices are mostly Dell Latitude 13-inch convertibles powered by Intel Core processors, ruggedized with rubber edges, laser etching and other protections.

For teachers and staff, the Dell devices are instead powered by the Intel Core vPro platform, adding remote-management capabilities.

The three partners are testing the ETaaS program’s ability to address the effects of the digital divide (in part by giving a device to every student), a lack of efficient classroom devices, and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and students learning from home.

Phased approach

The first phase of the PoC, now completed, had among its goals improved tech implementation, teacher support with training, and enhanced remote learning. The work went quickly, with all 4,000 devices distributed in just 3 days.

Also as part of phase one, Dell provided teacher training. Topics included how to collaborate with technology, the fundamentals of edtech, and edtech applications.

The PoC’s second phase is now underway. It will test the end-to-end management and security capabilities of the Dell systems. The phase also will introduce Intel Skills for Innovation, a framework designed to help teachers create innovative learning experiences using edtech.

The early test results have been good. “Our entire experience with Intel,” says Chandler High’s principal, Michael Franklin, “has been like a textbook definition of what collaboration looks like.”

Get schooled on EdTech as a Service:

> Learn more about the ETaaS service model

> Get valuable training with the Intel Partner University DaaS Competency


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Information literacy: global survey reveals serious gaps

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by Peter Krass on 09/07/2022
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How bad is the problem of fake news and misinformation online?

Pretty bad, finds a recent report based on a survey of nearly 8,600 people worldwide.

Among the survey respondents, more than 6 in 10 said they see false or misleading information online every single week. And nearly 4 in 10 said they’ve unintentionally shared it.

The survey was conducted over the summer by Poynter Institute, Poynter’s MediaWise and YouGov with support from Google. There were 8,585 respondents in 7 countries: the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Germany, India, Japan and Nigeria.

The survey team also wanted to compare behaviors and concerns across different generations. So they arranged the survey data not only by the 7 countries, but also by 5 generational groups: Gen Z (those now 18 to 25 years old), Millennials (26 to 41), Gen X (42 to 57), Boomers (58 to 67) and Silent Generation (68+)

What the survey found

Respondents in the U.S., UK, Brazil and Nigeria are more likely to say they see false or misleading information online every day than those in Germany, India or Japan. Nearly half the U.S. respondents (47%) said they encounter misinformation online daily. The only national respondents with a higher rate were those from Nigeria (52%).

Younger respondents—Gen Z, Gen X and Millennials—feel more confident than Boomers and Silent Gen members about their ability to identify when online information is false or misleading. Among Millennials, 13% said they are totally confident of their ability, compared with only 3% of the Silent Generation.

Younger respondents also worry more about friends and family unintentionally sharing false or misleading information online. For example, just over half of Gen Z (52%) worry about family sharing, compared with 35% of Boomers and only 30% of Silent Generation.

Among all respondents, 39% said they’ve unintentionally shared false or misleading information online. The only age group reporting a significantly lower rate of unintentional sharing was Silent Gen, at 32%.

Also among all respondents, 55% said they’ve intentionally shared false or misleading information because they mistakenly believed it was true. Among older respondents, a higher percentage were tricked into sharing: 60% of Boomers and 67% of Silent Gens.

What’s the effect of all this misinformation? Depends on who you ask. Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X worry mainly about the effect on public health. By contrast, Boomers and Silents focus on political polarization.

Given all that concern, do people verify the information they find online? Not much. Among Gen Z, just half (51%) said they verify information found via a search engine such as Google. Put those same respondents on TikTok, and only 28% said they verify the information found there. With older respondents, it’s even worse. Fewer than 1 in 3 Boomers (32%) said they verify information from Facebook. And among Silent Gen, only 6% said they verify info from Twitter.

Among those who do verify information, how do they do it? Younger respondents say one important technique is seeing whether the information was also shared by a trusted influencer. Among Millennial respondents, fully a third (33%) said they do this. By contrast, among Boomers, looking for an influencer was done by only 1 in 5 (20%).

Read the full survey report: A Global Study on Information Literacy (PDF)



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Metaverse: Tap into this emerging market’s 7 building blocks

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by Peter Krass on 09/06/2022
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The metaverse promises to be technology’s next big thing.

How big? Well, researchers at Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions believe that by 2030, the metaverse could present a commercial opportunity of $8 trillion to $13 trillion, and have around 5 billion users.

But those numbers are so big, there’s not you can do with them. Far better, says ABI Research, is to measure the total addressable markets (TAMs) within 7 market segments of the media and entertainment market.

In a new report, ABI says that when viewed together, these 7 markets can serve as metaverse building blocks:

Market 1: Virtual spaces

The number of active users in virtual spaces worldwide will rise from 118.3 million in 2021 to 1.05 billion by 2023, ABI forecasts. If correct, that would mark a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%.

This growth should also translate into higher revenue. ABI predicts that virtual-spaces revenue will rise from $4.2 billion in 2021 to $44.8 billion by 2030 (see chart below, courtesy of ABI).

Metaverse revenue by year

And that’s excluding transaction volumes for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) revenue. Together, they could contribute billions of dollars of additional revenue, ABI says.

Market 2: Video streaming

It’s not exactly the metaverse, but ABI makes the case that the kind of control consumers gain by streaming video will make it easier for metaverse suppliers to reach them. So will the arrival of smart glasses, which ABI expects to see well before 2030.

The number of video-streaming viewers will rise from about 3 billion worldwide last year to nearly 5 billion in 2030, ABI predicts.

Market 3: Video gaming

In a sense, gamers are already in the metaverse with virtual gaming spaces. Also, gamers have already accepted a digital-first market and are willing to pay for digital assets and goods.

ABI predicts that the number of videogame players worldwide will rise from nearly 3 billion last year to about 4.5 billion in 2030.

Market 4: Cloud gaming

A subset of the overall gaming market, cloud gaming involves, you guessed it, games played in the cloud. This plays into the metaverse concept with increased access to content and services, and heightened opportunities to push content and services into public spaces.

ABI expects the number of cloud-gaming players worldwide to rise from fewer than 100 million last year to nearly 800 million by 2030.

Market 5: Cloud content

It’s a market made up of 4 submarkets: online video, social networking, search and digital gaming. Not exactly the metaverse, but ABI says this market could serve as a TAM in which new revenue could come from the adoption of virtual spaces and business models (Web3, blockchain, etc.).

It should be a fast-rising market. ABI forecasts global cloud-content revenue increasing from about $750 billion last year to nearly $2 trillion by 2030:

Cloud content by year

Market 6: Digital advertising

The metaverse promises to merge the physical world with virtual spaces. To do so, ABI says, it will build on the work being done by advertisers in digital identities and data management.

For example, privacy concerns are likely to drive changes to advertising tracking and push the industry into self-sovereign identity. Again, this will help build a foundation for the metaverse, where privacy concerns will no doubt be important.

Worldwide revenue from digital ads will rise from about $500 billion last year to $1.3 trillion by 2030, ABI predicts.

Market 7: Collaboration

The metaverse could change the way people work by delivering virtual spaces where people can meet and collaborate. ABI predicts that revenue from collaboration and related services will more than double over the decade, rising from $24 billion in 2020 to $64 billion in 2030.

That year, ABI expects, more than a third of that revenue will come from immersive collaboration and related cloud services. Immersive collaboration platforms let people work together in a virtual environment. Examples include Arthur, Glue and Spatial.

Other related services include virtual headquarters, which replicate the in-office experience online. Current examples include Teamflow and Virbela. There are also virtual events, which replace in-person confabs with webinars, immersive meeting spaces, virtual conferences and more.

> Read the full ABI report: The Very Real Revenue Opportunities in the Metaverse (PDF; registration required)


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Get smarter, faster with AI accelerators in Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

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by Peter Krass on 08/30/2022
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Chances are good your data-center customers are getting involved with AI. It’s a big, fast-growing market.

Last year AI sales worldwide topped $93 billion, according to Grand View Research. Looking ahead, Grand View expects AI sales to grow by nearly 40% a year through 2030.

Chances are equally good that you can help those customers with servers based on the latest 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors.

These are the only CPUs for the data center that feature built-in, hardware-based AI accelerators for deep learning and other compute-intensive workloads.

Intel has to date shipped more than 50 million Intel Xeon Scalable Processors. That makes it the world’s most broadly deployed data-center CPU.

Intel Deep Learning Boost

Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost) acceleration is built in, giving your customers the flexibility to run complex AI workloads on the same hardware they use for existing workloads.

> With int8 instructions: Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI) enhance inference workloads. This works by maximizing compute resources, improving cache utilization and reducing potential bandwidth bottlenecks. This feature is available on all 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

> With bfloat16: The industry’s first x86 support of Brain Floating Point 16-bit brings enhanced AI inference and training performance. Your customers can also utilize optimized libraries and frameworks including oneAPI, OpenVino and TensorFlow. This feature is available on select 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors only.

What kind of results can your customers expect? Intel’s own tests show an up to 1.74x improvement in language processing interference.

One Intel customer, CERN openlab, reports that with Intel Deep Learning Boost and one API-optimized software, its Monte Carlo simulations gained a 1.8x performance improvement, yet with no loss of accuracy.

Intel AVX-512

Short for Intel Advanced Vector Extensions, 512-bit vector operations, AVX-512 is a set of vector-processing instructions that speed compute-intensive workloads. These can include scientific simulations, financial analytics and 3D modeling.

Intel says its 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor with AVX-512, when compared with competing processors, delivers a 50% performance gain in financial services Monte Carlo simulations.

It does this with its ultrawide capabilities. Applications can pack 32 double-precision and 64 single-precision floating point operations per clock cycle within Intel AVX’s 512-bit vectors.

So if your customers are getting involved with AI, tell them about the built-in, hardware-based AI accelerators of the 3rd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Get smarter, faster:

> Explore the 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors

> Skill up on AI with the Intel AI Fundamentals competency

> Find AI partners and solutions in the Intel Solutions Marketplace

> Read the press release: Intel accelerates process and packaging innovations



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