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Intel leads initiative to open up cloud technology

The chip giant unveils its “Cloud 2015 vision”

Intel is spearheading a global alliance of corporations called Open Data Center Alliance that will set some standard guidelines for cloud development with the aim of achieving more interoperable data center technology and also resolving some key issues like security, compliance and need for simplified management that plague online businesses today. The participating members consisting of top-ranking businesses such as BMW ,Shell, Deutsche Bank ,Lockheed Martin and J.P. Morgan Chase would contribute to the cause by sharing their cloud data needs that would be vendor neutral of course to reinforce the theme of interoperability, openness and avoidance of vendor lock-ins. Intel will then act on the user-led inputs by creating new emerging capabilities and enhancing its Intel® Xeon® processors that currently includes cloud enabling features such as smart energy efficiency, Intel® Virtualization Technology and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology .

Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision comprises of three main components that it plans to focus on:

  • A “federated” cloud that allows enterprises to share data across internal and external clouds;
  • An “automated” network that automatically allows the secure movement of applications and resources to significantly improve energy efficiency in data centers;
  • PC and device-savvy “client-aware” clouds that know what types of applications, commands and processing should take place in the cloud or on your laptop, smartphone or other device – thus taking a user and specific device’s unique features into account to fully optimize an online experience.

IT vendors apart from Intel will not be part of the above alliance to avoid specific vendor affiliations that could provide unfair advantages to any participating firm. But to put the above plan in motion and provide a path to its vision , Intel has lined up a series of partner companies like Canonical*, Cisco*, Citrix*, Dell*, EMC*, Eucalyptus Systems*, HP*, IBM*, Intel, Joyent*, Microsoft*, NetApp*, NetSuite*, Novell*, Red Hat*and VMware* among others which it calls Cloud Builders who will “provide proven cloud building recipes and practical guidance on how to deploy, maintain and optimize a cloud infrastructure.”