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With Intel's acquisition of McAfee, "Security is going to be a big deal for us as well," Skaugen said. "But people don't buy chips, they buy solutions."
Intel has a multi-decade history of driving standards, including I/O standards, Centrino technology, and the transformation of the server industry as a result of the introduction of Pentium Pro in 1995, Skaugen said. Skaugen said Intel's goal in cloud computing is to promote open, interoperable standards and noted that Intel has remained "vendor agnostic" because the company does not sell anything direct.
Intel's desire to take a leadership role with its partners led to its creation of the Open Data Center Alliance -- which includes 70 companies that all have the goal of moving their resources to the cloud. Though Intel is not a voting member in the alliance, members of the steering committee at the event said technical coordination is fundamental to cloud computing.