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Intel's acquisition of security technology developer McAfee let the company take security deeper into hardware architecture, enabling a more holistic approach to security than can be done with software only, Otellini said.
"All this is about staying a couple of steps ahead of the bad guys," he said.
The third trend is smart management of client and data center devices. Otellini said Intel's vPro technology, which is built into all its new processors to allow remote management of PCs, can save an estimated $5 million per year in management costs for every 3,000 PCs a company deploys, he said.
New Intel software applications, including Node Manager and Data Center Manager, also let companies easily manage their servers at the rack, row, and data center level to control power and cooling costs, he said.
The fourth trend, virtualization, has lead businesses to increase efficiency with the ability to replace multiple servers with a smaller number of new machines, Otellini said.
All these trends, taken together, take advantage of Moore's Law to make it possible for businesses to use supercomputer-like performance to tackle ever-larger problems, Otellini said.
For instance, while it cost $1 million to sequence a single human genome in 1997, that cost has dropped to $10,000 today and will soon fall to $1,000, Otellini said. "That allows personalized medicine," he said. "You couldn't do that without Moore's Law."
That same power will soon allows such tasks as predicting the path of a hurricane down to the specific zip code two weeks in advance. "This will lead to breakthroughs in saving lives," he said.