Intel Kicks Off Broad Effort to Grow Enterprise Cloud
The cloud also represents a significant opportunity to Intel, whose revenues are being impacted by the slowing sales of PCs worldwide. Bryant said that such trends as the Internet of things (IoT) and big data will fuel enterprise demand for cloud computing, noting that the market for cloud infrastructure technologies will grow faster than traditional infrastructure products. That could help Intel offset any lost business from the weakening PC market. Intel already works with an array of cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services, and is building out its custom chip business to develop processors optimized to meet their particular needs. The upcoming acquisition of programmable chip maker Altera and partnering with eASIC also will help with Intel's cloud efforts, and Bryant said the company also is working with Red Hat, VMware, Microsoft and other vendors on cloud technology. Getting enterprises buying Intel-based cloud infrastructures could boost the chip maker's bottom line. Where there are now hundreds of clouds, Intel wants to enable tens of thousands. The partnership with Rackspace—the co-founder of OpenStack—will help bring enterprise features to OpenStack, according to Waxman. The OpenStack Innovation Center will be housed at Rackspace's headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. It will include a developer cloud comprising two 1,000-node Intel-based clusters that developers can use to test OpenStack performance, code and features. It will be available within six months."The center will be our joint hub to recruit and train open source developers, and provide a center of excellence for engineers from Intel and Rackspace to collaborate and focus on improving the scalability, manageability and reliability of OpenStack," Scott Crenshaw, senior vice president of strategy and product at Rackspace, wrote in a post on the company blog. "All of the OpenStack Innovation Center work will take place within existing OpenStack processes and community. This is important; our actions are intended to strengthen the community and add to the resources available to it, not to fork code nor create new distributions."
The two companies also will add more than 100 engineers to work at the center to bring enterprise capabilities to OpenStack.