Intel Partners With BlueData to Make Big Data Easier
The chip maker also will, for the third time, invest in the company, which will optimize its EPIC big data software for the Intel Architecture.Intel is taking its latest step in the big data space through a partnership with BlueData, whose software is designed to enable organizations to run Hadoop and Spark in virtualized environments on-premises. Intel officials also said the company is investing in BlueData for a third time as part of a $20 million funding round led by Intel Capital, the chip maker's investment arm. As part of that investment, Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group, will join BlueData's board of directors. Officials with both Intel and BlueData said that the vendors' partnership is designed to accelerate the adoption of big data technology by making it easier to deploy. As part of the collaboration, BlueData will optimize its EPIC big data infrastructure software for the Intel Architecture, while Intel will bring engineering and marketing resources to help create a joint engineering roadmap and develop joint customer acquisitions, they said. In addition, the two companies will work together on go-to-market efforts that will include coordinated product, channel and sales programs.
"Together, Intel and BlueData are focused on bringing big data into the mainstream and unlocking the value for our enterprise customers for faster time to insights with big data," Michael Greene, vice president and general manager of system technologies and optimization at Intel, wrote in a post on the company blog. "BlueData will develop and optimize its big data infrastructure software for Intel architecture. The total solution enables easy deployment of Hadoop and Spark with greater simplicity and agility in a virtualized environment while delivering the security and performance that enterprise IT organizations require for their big data deployments."