Semiconductor manufacturer AMD says it is going on a hiring spree over the next year to bring on about 1,000 technology professionals worldwide as part of a push to develop new hardware and software products aimed at cloud computing.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-headquartered company recently told Web hiring site Dice that the company is looking to hire design engineers, software professionals and IT specialists, with the highest number of available positions in the area of design and verification engineers.
AMD did not elaborate on its plans for the cloud, but the hiring spree is an obvious sign that it sees big opportunity in creating servers and systems customized for massive data centers that will deliver cloud services. In a recent blog, AMD provided some insights into the role it sees itself playing in the emerging cloud arena.
"Cloud computing is the next stage in the evolution of the Internet that dynamically delivers information to end users where they want it, when they want it. And, in doing that there needs to be a sophisticated balance of computing hardware and software to power that kind of abundant and flexible data," Tracey Blanton, a product marketing manager at AMD said in the blog.
At the processor level, Blanton said the cloud opportunity demands innovation in a few key areas: power management, virtualization and memory.
Last year AMD launched its Opteron 4000 Series platform, which it described as the first server platform designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of cloud computing, and hyperscale data centers. A key selling point of the 4000 series was its ability to offer more performance with significantly reduced power consumption - about 24 percent over the previous generation.
AMD estimates this can translate into power savings of about $100 per server per year. When you consider that some of the largest hosting companies own up to 70 thousand servers, this can result in savings in the range of $7 million per year.
In terms of virtualization, AMD has been collaborating been VMware for close to two years to develop hardware which is geared towards virtualized data centers. It has also been working with VMware to develop new memory compression and pooling techniques.
The bottom line is, when it comes to the cloud computing revolution, innovation is not just taking place at the software end of the spectrum. As AMD demonstrates, the cloud demands innovation from the ground up, and that, in turn, is creating opportunities for technology professionals with associated skills.