Today, I again had the honor of presenting a keynote at Quanta Cloud Technology’s (QCT) Qsynergy event to talk about next-gen solutions and their benefits. A solution requires a deep understanding of the customer, the problems they face, the workloads they use, the hardware/software stack, and how to create value beyond the silicon components. It’s a shift in thinking from the “inside-out” to the “outside-in.” We strive to first understand the real problems end users face, create innovative technologies, and the work with the ecosystem to integrate unique, complete solutions.By 2020, we anticipate up to 50 billion connected devices,1 which will generate massive amounts of information. We live in a world of complexity and need simple, integrated solutions to help us harness the ever-increasing amount of data. At Intel, we work to deliver innovative, customer-oriented solutions software-defined data centers, software-defined networks, hyperscale solutions, artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and software-defined storage. Rack Scale Design (RSD) is an example of a solution which re-architects the datacenter at scale for high-performance computing in the cloud, communications, and enterprise segments. For example, the Rackgo X-RSD* system by QCT incorporates Intel® Rack Scale Design and introduces a new platform for highly scalable, rapidly deployable, ultra-efficient and easy-to-manage datacenter building blocks.One of our focus areas is solutions that are simple to evaluate and easy to deploy because they are based on standard configurations and workload-optimized to meet-or-exceed a performance target. Our first Intel® Select Solutions reference designs are for Microsoft SQL Server*, for NFVI, and for VMware vSAN*. The Intel Select Solution for Microsoft SQL Server 16 enables enterprises to achieve database performance in less time and with less tuning. The Intel Select Solution for NFVI delivers workload-optimized server performance and lessens the time, effort, and expense required for NFV-based service development and deployment. The solution integrates a tuned workload-optimized software stack for performance and leading NFV open source software (DPDK) that has been tested and integrated to ensure interoperability. The Intel Select Solution for VMware vSAN offers balanced and optimized performance from the hardware up through the firmware stack to the VMware vSAN software.Today, Quanta announced they are on track to deliver Intel Select Solutions for VMware vSAN to customers later this quarter. Intel Select Solutions are verified to meet performance benchmarks and supported by a validated reference architecture allowing you to accelerate deployment. I’m excited to share the Intel® Xeon Scalable processors at the heart of Intel Select Solutions for VMware vSAN* deliver up to 2.3X better performance and up to 2.3X greater virtual machine density when paired with Intel® Optane SSDs and VMware vSAN 6.6, compared to previous server architectures and vSAN editions2.Grow your business and accelerate infrastructure deployment at reduced complexity and cost with Intel Select Solutions.Learn more about Intel® Select Solutions http://www.intel.com/selectsolutions/1 Intel estimates based on Gartner*, Bain*, and IDC*2https://storagebuilders.intel.com/docs/intel-next-generation-technology-powering-new-performance-levels.pdf*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.