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LSI India sees growth opportunities in storage, networking

Posted: 30 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:storage  networking  intelligent silicon 

"We anticipate that in the next three to four years almost half of all the cell phone calls made in the world will be going through LSI semiconductor. Our vision is that every bit of data shared or stored across the internet and in the cloud touches LSI's silicon," said Raman Santhanakrishnan, managing director, LSI India R&D. In an interview with EE Times India's Arti Singh, Santhanakrishnan spoke about the storage and networking trends and challenges and also shared his perspectives on the concept of the "intelligent silicon".

EE Times India: What is data deluge gap? What are key trends and challenges associated?

Raman Santhanakrishnan: We are in an era where data is everything, we can see more and more data being created, shared, stored across the cloud and internet. There are five major inflection points – social platforms, smart clients and mobile internet, video, Big Data, and cloud – that have been changing.

Social platforms are not just personal communication but businesses are also adapting to customer services tool marketing and more. We access content through smart mobile devices and broadband, as smartphones have lot more compute power today than what a PC had 10 years ago. Today, there is growth and demand for high definition video formats as it provides good experience. There is huge growth in data which has created a need to do analysis of these data. The end user doesn't really know where the data is stored and where the servers are. They only care whether their data is secure, and so the cloud provider has to take care of the latency and data security part. So, that's where the demand for the cloud infrastructure comes in.

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Santhanakrishnan: In India, we see prospects in both networking and storage space.

Interestingly, the unique thing about this current data centric era is that all the changes are happening concurrently at the same time and are mutually dependent on each other. According to a study, the network traffic is growing at a CAGR of 32 per cent and storage capacity is growing at 50 per cent, but the spending on IT infrastructure and telecom equipment is just about CAGR 5 per cent and CAGR 7 per cent respectively. This is what we call as "data deluge gap."

EE Times India: How is LSI addressing the data deluge problem?

Santhanakrishnan: Data deluge gap is a big problem and LSI is addressing these challenges with "Intelligent Silicon" in networking and storage space. The traditional way of addressing this problem is technology scaling, shrinking the geometries, smaller footprint, lowering the power, and trying to pack more system functionalities. However, the challenges don't really get addressed so much, and there's still a big gap. This is where LSI solutions come in, and we call it "acceleration through intelligence." It address the requirements of what the data deluge is causing and that's how it address the gap.

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