Alliance with Google gives Intel a cloud advantage


For some time, Google Inc. has been whispering of rolling out their own enterprise cloud solutions, but few companies had reason to choose them over the competition. To make up for this slow start, Google reached out in strategic partnership to other companies who could bring a unique perspective to the cloud. One of those companies is Intel, and that partnership is now bearing fruit.

The Google Cloud strategic alliance with Intel, first announced in November 2016,  supports and accelerates enterprise adoption of the cloud.

“We’ve long had a technology relationship with Google,” said Mark Hocking (pictured), vice president of sales and marketing and global director of Team Alphabet at Intel. “AI and machine learning are starting to permeate everyone’s thinking about their businesses and how to manage data.”

Hocking called in to talk with John Furrier (@furrier), co-host of theCUBE, theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, at SiliconANGLE’s Palo Alto, CA, studio to discuss Intel and Google’s shared vision of the cloud, as well as news from the Google Cloud Next event. (*Disclosure below.)

Intel, Google and a shared vision of cloud adoption

The Intel-Google Cloud partnership made sense, especially since both companies saw the market steering away from one-size-fits-all solutions.

The alliance itself brings Intel’s own advanced hardware and software together with Google’s powerful services and cloud infrastructure capabilities. This gives both Intel and Google a unique edge in the cloud-based enterprise solutions they can offer.

“We’re really focusing on delivering innovation, technologies that enable leadership or customers to lead,” said Hocking. As an example, he mentioned that Google had made Intel’s Skylake processors available through Google’s cloud platform. This marks Google as the first company to offer that technology to the world, he said.

Hocking then revealed some of the more interesting things he saw coming in the future, one of which was an open-source Google machine learning product recently optimized to run on Intel, called TensorFlow. In the machine learning world, TensorFlow is one of the biggest brains out there, he stated.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of Google Cloud Next 2017. (*Disclosure: Some segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE are sponsored. Sponsors have no editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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