On the heals of leading a $100 million investment in OpenStack provider Mirantis -- announced yesterday -- Intel has launched another broad strategic technology business collaboration. This time with BlueData. Intel is also making an equity investment in the firm.
The companies will tap synergies of BlueData's infrastructure software for big data via data center architecture based on Intel Xeon processor technology. The goal is to accelerate the adoption of big data solutions by making deployment simpler.
"Intel architecture provides a high-performance, secure, robust foundation for big data analytics," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (pictured). “Together, we are focused on bringing big data into the mainstream and unlocking the value for our enterprise customers."
Dissecting the Deal
Intel definitely has mainstreaming in mind. The BlueData equity investment -- financial terms were not disclosed -- builds on the company’s existing investments and initiatives in the big data market, including projects focused on Apache Spark and a strategic collaboration with Cloudera for Apache Hadoop.
Under the terms of the partnership, BlueData will develop and optimize its big data infrastructure software for Intel architecture. For its part, Intel will focus its engineering and marketing resources on the joint engineering roadmap and joint customer acquisition. The companies will also execute joint go-to-market strategies such as coordinated product, channel and sales programs.
BlueData’s patent-pending innovations to run Hadoop and Spark in a virtualized environment with compute and storage decoupled offer a cloud-like experience for on-premises big data deployments. Kumar Sreekanti, co-founder and CEO of BlueData, said the partnership will “allow enterprises to accelerate their deployment of Hadoop and Spark, and deliver on the promise of big data analytics."
We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his thoughts on the collaboration. He told us big data is maturing as a market.
“We’re starting to see analytics done not just in the cloud but virtually everywhere, particularly down at the edge,” he said. “Big data platforms are starting to be used in more places by more companies. It’s not just for oil and gas or the traditional verticals.”
Kerravala predicted that the big data market will soon hit an inflection point and perhaps go mainstream. He said Intel’s ability to optimize big data infrastructure to work on its chips provided a “pretty unique advantage” for large and even midsize enterprises that are looking for robust data platforms.