Intel makes bigger cloud push with new initiative, teams with Rackspace

Intel is already getting started on these latter objectives through a new partnership with Rackspace, jointly establishing the OpenStack Innovation Center.

While recent Intel news has focused on its chip roadmap and the Internet of Things, the processor maker is honing its pitch and making a stronger push for the cloud.

The tech giant unveiled a new scheme on Thursday dubbed "Cloud for All," essentially a new strategy comprised of investments and industry collaborations to further cloud adoption and software development.

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Reflecting some of the stronger bullet points on its most recent earnings report, Intel is especially aiming to boost enterprise cloud growth, citing recent IDC research projecting more opportunities around the Internet of Things and big data analytics.

But with a name like "Cloud for All," Intel is promising potential corporate customers with near out-of-the-box cloud deployment options based on open source and industry standards that could be adapted to organizations of all sizes.

Intel is already getting started on these latter objectives through a new partnership with Rackspace, jointly establishing the OpenStack Innovation Center.

The collaboration is boasted to offer the world's largest OpenStack developer cloud, which will consist of a pair of 1,000-node clusters scheduled to be available to the OpenStack community in the next six months.

To further grow the OpenStack community, the Center will include new modules of courseware will also be offered and both companies plan to roll out more enterprise features for OpenStack source code and the OpenStack Enterprise Working Group.

All in all, Intel is aiming to bring down any remaining barriers to cloud deployments -- an increasingly urgent objective for the connected world Intel hopes to be the backbone for within the next five years.

Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, reflected in prepared remarks, "The cloud has been critical to the digital services economy and has enabled tremendous innovation and business growth, but broad enterprise adoption is not happening fast enough."