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As part of its mission to bring more IT resources to the cloud, Intel on Wednesday introduced the Open Data Center Alliance, a broad partnership of companies in various industries establishing future hardware and software requirements for cloud solutions.
At an event held in downtown San Francisco, Intel emphasized IT efficiency, in particular the reduction of cost of operations, as well as energy efficiency. Intel will play an advisory role within the alliance, whose members are focused on end user companies as opposed to technology providers.
"Intel is committed to this vision beginning now," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group.
Intel's Xeon processor is expected to serve as a basis for cloud computing, with new built-in features such as Intel Virtualization Technology and Intel Trusted Execution Technology, the company said in a statement.
Skaugen outlined three key areas of Intel's "Cloud 2015" strategy: "federation," which allows data-sharing in external and internal clouds across vertical companies, retailers, and service providers; "automation," which involves moving workloads between and within data centers; and "client-aware" clouds that take client infrastructure and the user experience into account.