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August 26, 2015

Intel bets big on Big Data with BlueData partnership

Investment wing also led a $20 million funding round.

By Alexander Sword

Intel is moving further into the Big Data market by partnering with and investing in BlueData.

BlueData’s Big Data infrastructure software will be combined with Intel’s data centre architecture, running on the Intel Xeon processor technology.

In addition, Intel Capital led a $20 million funding round into BlueData, with Doug Fisher, GM of Intel’s Software and Services Group, set to join its board of directors.

Together, the companies aim to increase adoption of Big Data by simplifying its deployment. BlueData will optimise its software for Intel architecture, while Intel will focus engineering and marketing resources on joint engineering and joint customer acquisition.

The move builds on Intel’s previous forays into the big data market, including the strategic collaboration with Cloudera* for Apache Hadoop and projects focused on Apache Spark.

"Intel architecture provides a high-performance, secure, robust foundation for big data analytics," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO.

"BlueData’s innovative software delivers the simplicity, agility and efficiency of big data-as-a-service in an on-premises model. Together, we are focused on bringing big data into the mainstream and unlocking the value for our enterprise customers."

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"BlueData and Intel see a similar journey for distributed Big Data workloads in the enterprise data center," wrote BlueData’s co-founder and CEO Kumar Sreekanti in a blog.

"There has been some early adoption of Big Data in public cloud environments, but the majority of enterprise deployments remain on-premises due to considerations around security, governance, and data gravity.

"These deployments have been predominantly bare-metal configurations, and the traditional Hadoop architecture is relatively rigid and inflexible."

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