Intel Capital Fuels Cloud Vision With $24 Million Investment

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According to Intel, more than $24 million will be parceled out to enterprise cloud automation software provider DynamicOps; building management software provider enLighted; real-time analytics provider Guavus; Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for commerce company IP Commerce; and social games analytics service provider Swrve New Media.

Along with the new investments, Intel Capital has closed additional investments in a pair of other companies: Cloud-based media streaming service Gaikai and predictive analytics company Revolution Analytics.

Intel Capital said that the seven companies are building technologies that are closely related to key initiatives of Intel's software strategy.

"The best computing experiences unite leading-edge hardware with amazing software," Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president, said in a statement. "These investments in best-of-breed software vendors play an integral part in Intel's software strategy by fueling the creation of compelling and unique user experiences across devices. They also demonstrate our stage-agnostic approach to investing in support of this ecosystem."

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Among the new investments Intel has made is Burlington, Mass.-based DynamicOps, which provides an Operations Virtualization platform for enterprise IT to evolve existing infrastructure into on-demand private and public cloud services and speed time-to-cloud. DynamicOps aligns with Intel's CloudBuilder initiative to create an ecosystem of companies across the cloud stack for Intel architecture.

Denver-based IP Commerce offers a PaaS that functions as a commerce operation system to let application developers create customized, multi-channel commerce applications for payment workflows. IP Commerce fits with Intel's compute continuum strategy to enable developers to embed payment functionality within their applications and that can run on connected devices.

Meanwhile, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based enLighted offers an application that adds intelligence to energy management solutions; Santa Clara, Calif.-based Guavus' technology offers a platform and business logic to codify industry-specific analytics applications and make timely decisions on big data; and San Francisco-based Swrve New Media offers game personalization and testing for social games to enable design, product and marketing teams to test and adjust games in the cloud via real-time feedback.

The two recently closed investments include Los Angeles-based Gaikai, which offers a streaming 3-D cloud gaming service via a Web browser, which ties into Intel's compute continuum and visual computing strategies; and Palo Alto, Calif.-based Revolution Analytics, a commercial software and services provider based on the open-source R Project for statistical computing.