Intel said Tuesday that it will invest in BlueData, which makes virtualization technology for big data deployments, and partner with the company.
BlueData has a software platform called EPIC that allows enterprises to create Hadoop and Spark clusters in virtual environments. In theory, the combination of virtualization and big data tools should make it easier to deploy within data centers.
The Intel partnership was part of a $20 million funding round for BlueData. As part of the Intel Capital investment, Doug Fisher, general manager of the chip maker's software unit, will join BlueData's board.
Intel counts Cloudera as a partner and contributes the Apache Spark project.
Under the partnership, BlueData will optimize its software on Intel's Xeon processors and architecture. Intel will help BlueData market its software, cultivate joint customers and contribute engineering knowhow.
In a blog post, BlueData CEO Kumar Sreekanti said the partnership with Intel is designed to simplify big data deployments. Sreekanti said the Intel partnership will help the company enable more Hadoop and Spark private cloud deployments.