Intel is currently conducting security research by stockpiling legacy hardware

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  • Intel is currently in the works of stockpiling a collection of hardware for research purposes.
  • The collection which was built to solve a problem is now being reviewed to fight cybercrime.
  • There are over 3000 pieces of hardware and software that will be included in the operation.

Developers all over the world are constantly and continuously looking for ways to fight cybercrime. 

Intel has joined the group and is currently doing a stockpile to a collection of legacy Intel hardware.

The collection is in a secret warehouse and appears to be valuable since it was born during a previous problem that Intel faced.

Development of a new technology

Technology is highly dynamic, and Intel was in the works of developing a newer and faster technology hence why the older hardware had become disorganized.

It became increasingly harder for engineers to test it and, at some point, had to be abandoned because it was labor-intensive.

According to the general manager of Intel’s product assurance, mohsen Fazlian,

“We had to actually go on eBay and start looking for these platforms,” 

Customers do not upgrade often

Intel noticed there was an anomaly as customers were lagging on legacy products. One major issue of the PC market is that customers do not upgrade their devices often. 

They only feel the need to do so when their PC is on the last leg instead of when there is an upgrade in software or OS. As can be seen since the release of Windows 11, developers have released new PCs that are Windows 11 friendly, but very few people have bought the devices.

Since customers are left behind, cybercriminals take advantage of their vulnerability on these older platforms. Intel leaves a trail of vulnerable hardware behind as it keeps developing.

A solution to the problem

Intel set up a warehouse and testing facility in Costa Rica as an answer to these problems. The company already has its research lab here, so now it has a home for its older technology and could easily test it.

The Long-Term Retention Lab has been in operation since 2019, and Intel is planning to increase its floor space to accommodate 6,000 pieces of equipment which is double the initial size.

Now, engineers can request for configuration of a machine and have it done remotely so that it is accessible through the cloud. The lab is operational 24 hours a day and can provide test machines to any engineer globally at any time.

What do you think is the reason behind customers’ unwillingness to upgrade their PCs whenever there is a new hardware upgrade? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.