Intel CEO Paul Otellini on Thursday appeared at a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan to announce the expansion of Intel's partnership with Taiwan's government and industries in cloud computing.
This despite reports earlier on Thursday that the chipmaker had not been able to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taiwanese government due to Taiwan's disappointment over Intel's inability to fulfill a previous MOU with the Ministry of Economic Affairs regarding WiMAX signed in 2008.
Otellini said Taiwan had joined Intel's Cloud Computing Development Initiative. In addition, he announced that Intel had expanded its collaboration with the Ministry of Education in order to help Taiwan keep pace with cloud computing, and that Intel plans to work with Taiwan's National Science Council to establish a Research and Development center in Taiwan.
"The new era of computing is creating exciting opportunities for innovation and growth," Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini said at the press conference. Otellini added that the partnership between Taiwan and Intel was "remarkably synergistic" and served to "illustrate the government's clear, forward-looking IT strategy."
"The MOEA initiated the Cloud Computing Industry Development Initiative earlier this year to develop Taiwan as a leading provider of cloud computing application and system integration services," said Dr. Yen-Shiang Shih, Minister of Economic Affairs, in a press statement. "We are pleased to have Intel support our initiative to transform Taiwan's IT industry with the development of new software and service capabilities."
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