Intel's $24 million investment dovetails with the chip maker's own software efforts in such areas as cloud services, embedded computing and security.
is investing more than $24 million in software companies that touch on areas
that the giant chip maker is particularly interested in, including cloud
all, Intel Capital-the vendor's investment arm-will spread the money among
seven software makers.
investments, announced Sept. 8, highlights Intel's ongoing interest in building
out its software capabilities, and importance of tightly integrating software
into its hardware platforms.
best computing experiences unite leading-edge hardware with amazing
software," Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive
vice president, said in a statement. "These investments in best-of-breed
software vendors play an integral part in Intel's software strategy by fueling
the creation of compelling and unique user experiences across devices. They
also demonstrate our stage-agnostic approach to investing in support of this
over the past few years has been aggressive in building out its software
capabilities in a number of areas, including security, mobility, embedded
computing and cloud services. For example, Intel last year bought security
software vendor McAfee of $7.6 billion, a move designed to enable the chip
maker to integrate greater security capabilities into its processors. Intel
officials said greater security will become increasingly important as they grow
the company's presence in mobile devices.
bought SYSDsoft, which makes wireless networking software, particularly in
the area of 4G LTE (long-term evolution) connectivity. The move was made as
Intel looks to drive its technology into the lucrative and highly competitive
smartphone and tablet markets, which currently is dominated by chip designs by ARM
Holdings and its OEM partners, including Qualcomm and Nvidia.
executives also say the company will continue developing the open-source
MeeGo mobile operating system, despite ex-partner Nokia's decision to ditch
MeeGo and adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. Intel officials this week also
disputed news reports that they were planning to give up on the Linux-based
the companies receiving money in the latest round of investments is DynamicOps,
of Burlington, Mass.,
whose operations virtualization technology enables businesses to quickly grow
their traditional IT infrastructure into on-demand and public cloud services.
Using the company's Cloud Development Kit, enterprises can create cloud
services. DynamicOps also dovetails with Intel's CloudBuilder initiative to
offer a cloud software ecosystem that's optimized for the Intel architecture.
IP Commerce offers a platform-as-a-service (PAAS)
solution for such retail tasks as managing payments, security, underwriting
risk, network connectivity and integration. enLighted, of Sunnyvale,
Calif., offers software for commercial
energy management environments, while Guavus sells software for
industry-specific analytics workloads.
other vendors use the cloud in the gaming field. San Francisco-based Swrve New
Media offers real-time personalization software lets groups involved in the
design, production and marketing of social games to test and adjust their games
in a cloud environment. Gaikai, of Los Angeles,
offers a cloud gaming service that streams 3D video games directly to Web
Analytics sells software and services based on the open-source "R" project for
statistical computing through its Revolution R Enterprise offering.