Google Cloud team announced a strategic alliance with Intel to support and accelerate enterprise adoption of the cloud.
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Writing on a company blog, Nan Boden, Head of Global Technology Partners at Google, said the companies have been working closely for many years to engineer and validate processor technology within the data center.
“With this new alliance, we’ll explore technology solutions for our enterprise customers in the areas of Kubernetes, machine learning, IoT and security, combining Google Cloud software capabilities with Intel’s advanced hardware.”
According to the blog the alliance will focus on:
- Kubernetes – Optimizing Kubernetes for Intel architecture to support a broad range of workloads. Intel is a major contributor to the Kubernetes ecosystem and enables enterprises to run OpenStack as a managed Kubernetes workload. Intel and Google engineers have already delivered code optimizations that have improved feature transparency on Intel architecture. This work is also expected to improve workload capabilities, including virtual network performance and prioritization of shared resources.
- Machine Learning – Accelerating TensorFlow performance on Intel processors, for example by allowing TensorFlow to leverage all CPU cores and vector lanes for improved parallelism, integrating high-performance libraries such as the Math Kernel library (MKL) into TensorFlow, and optimizing memory allocation and data layer operations across a range of topologies.
- IoT – Creating a secure platform for connecting Intel’s IoT edge devices to Google Cloud Platform(GCP), where the data can be analyzed to inform better decisions — a critical capability for industries like retail and manufacturing.
- Security – Enhancing security integrations between Intel hardware and GCP infrastructure that will further improve security for enterprise customers.
According to Boden, “In addition to exploring a number of new joint cloud solutions, with Intel we’re focused on developing technical education and market development materials that support the IT practitioners who are managing the transition to a multi-cloud world.”