News Stay informed about the latest enterprise technology news and product updates.

Intel shells out $30 million in cloud computing investments

Intel thinks cloud computing will keep growing and is putting big money into it.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Sept. 13-17, 2010.

Intel drops $30 million into cloud computing investments

Big name companies haven't doled out a ton of cash on the cloud thus far, but that trend may be changing: Intel Corp. made $30 million worth of cloud computing investments last week.

Most of the money went to Adaptive Computing Enterprises, which makes grid/private cloud software, and to Joyent, which offers public clouds, according to Ciranova and Nexant, which specialize in circuit design software and "intelligent grid" software, respectively, got the rest of the money.

Even taking into account the popularity of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace Cloud, big IT companies hadn't been putting money into the cloud. Research indicates, however, that Intel's foray wasn't a whim. Evans Data Corp. found that 61% of developers polled in January 2010 used cloud computing services.

XenServer on the rise

Recent studies show increased adoption of Citrix XenServer.

IDC's fourth-quarter 2009 Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker found XenServer use soared 290% year over year. Microsoft Hyper-V use grew 215% and VMware was up 18%, but off a much bigger base, according to

Many smaller customers may go all-in with XenServer because they already have a pre-existing XenApp or XenDesktop license and want to maximize their investment or they simply are drawn to the free hypervisor's features.

Check out more systems channel news.

Dig Deeper on Managed cloud services

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.