Intel rolls out AppUp hybrid cloud service for small businesses

Summary:Intel introduced the AppUp hybrid cloud service on Tuesday, a new service targeted towards small businesses with the intention of saving costs via pay-as-you-go software.

Intel introduced the AppUp hybrid cloud service on Tuesday, a new service targeted towards small businesses with the intention of saving costs via pay-as-you-go software.

The hybrid part comes in as SMB users can utilize cloud computing with the server and data on the premises. Cloud members can access stored data through an Intel-hosted Web portal secured by a firewall and HTTPS encryption.

Furthermore, subscribers to the service can pick up "repackaged" software that as they see fit for their businesses and pay a monthly subscription fee for each application to its service provider, which in turns pays Intel.

Currently, the lengthy list of software providers involved in this plan include Microsoft, Symantec, McAfee and Novell. Users could even choose to partner this hybrid cloud service with other existing clouds such as Amazon Web Services.

Besides designing the new business model, Intel is involved with tracking software usage and sending "secure encrypted reports" to its own data centers. Additionally, all of server platforms run on Intel Xeon processors. Currently, only Lenovo's entry, the ThinkServer TS200v, is currently available. However, Acer and NEC are expected to unveil their related products as well.

Related coverage on ZDNet:

Topics: SMBs, Hardware, Intel, Networking, Processors

About

Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.