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October 27, 2010

Intel unveils new initiatives in ‘Cloud 2015’ vision

Outlines three key elements, creates open data centre alliance, and unveils cloud builders programme

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel has unveiled several new initiatives under its "Cloud 2015" vision aimed at making cloud-based Internet computing more interoperable, secure and simplified.

The new initiatives include outlining of three key elements – federated, automated and client-ware – in the vision; creating an Open Data Centre Alliance of top 70 companies; and unveiling of Intel Cloud Builders programme.

"Federated" cloud will enable enterprises to share data across internal and external clouds; "automated" network will automatically enable the secure movement of applications and resources to improve energy efficiency; and PC and device-savvy "client-aware" clouds to identify types of applications, commands and processing for cloud.

Intel said that it will support these goals by creating software and building new capabilities into Intel Xeon processors, which feature Intel Virtualization Technology and Intel Trusted Execution Technology.

The Open Data Center Alliance includes companies such as BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, National Australia Bank, Shell, Terremark and UBS.

The alliance will lay out future hardware and software requirements that lead to more open and interoperable cloud and data centre solutions, delivering an open, interoperable and secure cloud for the next generation of businesses.

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Intel Data Center Group vice president and general manager Kirk Skaugen said with the Open Data Center Alliance they now have the world’s top businesses focused and actively engaged with Intel and the high-tech industry, accelerating solutions to the cloud’s key challenges.

The Intel Cloud Builders programme aims to provide a path to the Cloud 2015 vision, by bringing together system and software solution partners to provide proven cloud building tools and practical guidance on deployment, maintenance and optimisation in a cloud infrastructure.

While the alliance will determine future requirements for cloud infrastructure, the Intel Cloud Builders programme will help bring these requirements to life with full solutions.

The programme represents providers of technology in the cloud such as Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, Enomaly, Eucalyptus Systems, Gproxy, HP, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Microsoft, NetApp, NetSuite, Novell, Parallels, Red Hat, Univa and VMware.

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