Intel Kicks Off Broad Effort to Grow Enterprise Cloud
The initiative includes a partnership with Rackspace to create an innovation center where developers can bring enterprise features to OpenStack.Intel executives are kicking off a broad initiative to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in enterprise data centers and to position the company's silicon and related products as the enabling technologies for the infrastructure that will power the clouds. Officials with the giant chip maker on July 23 unveiled the Intel Cloud for All strategy, which includes not only supplying the processors for the systems running in the cloud environments, but also investing in the ecosystem that will develop the solutions for software-defined infrastructures, leveraging Intel's platform technologies to optimize the infrastructure to run an array of cloud workloads, and pushing the development of open standards and offerings to encourage cloud deployments. The investments could come in a range of forms, from product launches and acquisitions to investing in other companies and partnerships, according to Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. The goal of all this is to "accelerate the adoption of highly efficient clouds for businesses and providers," Bryant said during a conference call with journalists and analysts.
The first step in this effort is a partnership with Rackspace to establish an innovation center to create the world's largest cloud for OpenStack developers, drive the creation of enterprise features in OpenStack and significantly increase the number of developers working on the open-source cloud platform. The partnership is the first of 15 to 20 announcements Intel will make around its cloud initiative over the next year, according to Bryant and Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's Cloud Platforms Group.