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Intel unveils Cloud 2015 vision

Expanded Cloud Builders and smart technology at heart of Intel strategy

Intel unveils Cloud 2015 vision
The cloud builders program is about giving customers proven results, says Davis.

Intel has launched a three-pronged drive into cloud computing, with the announcement of the Open Data Centre Alliance, an expansion to its Cloud Builders program, and the unveiling of its ‘Cloud 2015 vision'.

At a global launch yesterday, Intel discussed how it aimed to drive programs to help companies to deploy public and private cloud computing to maximum effect.

The Cloud 2015 vision was described by Intel as a guiding principle of cloud computing, that includes federated, interoperable clouds, automated movement of software application and resources and the development of client aware clouds that are able to detect client devices and deliver services accordingly.

Intel will support this vision through the development of a range of technologies, in areas such better encryption and security for data in public clouds, increased energy efficiency, and better management and virtualisation.

For the Open Data Centre Alliance, Intel has helped to form a customer-driven group of enterprise IT users, which will work together to develop road maps for cloud computing, to increase operability and reduce costs and complexity for cloud deployment.

The third element is the expansion of Intel's Cloud Builders programme, to increase the availability of tested reference architectures to help companies deploy and expand their use of cloud.

The program, which was launched earlier in the year, has now expanded to include more vendors, and is now able to deliver its first 20 reference architectures, which have been designed to lower the risk for customers to build or enhance their cloud deployments, based on modular not commoditized architectures, and with principles of openness and interoperability.

The program consists of vendors including Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, Enomaly, Eucalyptus Systems, Gproxy, HP, IBM, Joyent, Microsoft, NetApp, NetSuite, Novell, Parallels, Red Hat, Univa and VMware.

Boyd Davis, VP Intel Architecture Group and GM of Data Centre Group Marketing for Intel said: "The response has been overwhelmingly positive, customers were looking for recipes on how they can deploy cloud solutions, and the cloud builders program is really about bringing together the various providers of technology and integrating them into solutions that work together and have been tested in a lab so that customers have a predictable result."

"The industry has an opportunity to accelerate the potential of cloud computing, delivering even better industry economics through this transformation," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Intel Data Center Group. "With the Open Data Center Alliance we 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 server industry has gone through an amazing transformation since the Intel Pentium® Pro's introduction in 1995; our goal is to ensure that cloud computing continues to deliver breakthrough economics based on the same fundamental principle -innovation on open, interoperable standards."

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