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 SearchCloudComputing.com. 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 SearchServerVirtualization.com.
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.
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