Next-gen hybrid cloud drives Intel-Google partnership


Two of the biggest names in the technology industry are joining forces once more. Extending a 10-year relationship, Google Inc. and Intel Corp. are tackling the biggest challenges in information technology to penetrate the enterprise market. Building on their strategic alliance announced last November, in which Intel will be powering the Google Cloud Platform, the two are betting big on hybrid cloud

“We’ve had history — a decade long — of collaborating. We’ve actually expanded that collaboration to cover hybrid cloud orchestrations, security, [the Internet of Things],  edge-to- cloud and, of course, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning,” said Raejeanne Skillern (pictured), vice president of the Data Center Group and general manager of the Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel.

This week theCube highlights Raejeanne Skillern in our Women in Tech feature.

While at Google Cloud Next 2017, Skillern spoke to Jeff Frick (@jfrick), co-host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, at Google Cloud Next 2017 in San Francisco, to provide some analysis on what the Intel-Google Cloud partnership aims to provide the enterprise. (*Disclosure below.)

Partnering in the hybrid cloud

The custom optimization that Intel is providing Google enables that its technologies integrate seamlessly with Google’s platform so that even beyond the infrastructure, software and solutions run at maximum performance on Intel architecture.  

Intel sees its customers ship half of their data volume to the cloud due to the added benefit of per-dollar Total Cost of Ownership, and by understanding their needs, Intel can build the powerful platforms and servers that the industry requires for the latest technology, Skillern explained.

She did acknowledge, however, that many companies are still using on-premise and cloud solutions. “We think it’s so important that the world recognizes this is about a hybrid cloud, and it’s nice to partner with Google because they see hybrid cloud as the end state or what they call the multi-cloud,” she said.

When moving applications to the public cloud, Intel looks at the gravity of the applications. Skillern noted that email and collaboration tools are already moving into the public cloud. However, some legacy applications perform better on-premise.  

Pointing to other various reasons for companies to keep applications on-premise, she listed performance, security, data governance, data gravity, a business need or IT  as guiding the enterprise to hybrid solutions.

The answer may lie with Google’s Kubernetes orchestration platform. “[It will help] to seamlessly move those apps from on a customer’s premise into the Google environment and have that flow, so it’s a very dynamic environment … to see a lot of workloads move into the public cloud and people optimizing end-to-end,” said Skillern.

The partnership with Google is enhancing the concept of hybrid cloud for Intel. Last year the company restructured itself from a PC or consumer-based device business to become a cloud and Internet of Things company.

Infrastructure and capability expansion in the industry will be so pervasive that Skillern believes that no industry will be left untouched by technology. She indicated that regardless of the vertical, transformation will lead companies back to the datacenter in a cloud-based infrastructure that will be necessary to handle the data, scale and processing needed for technologies like IoT and AI.

The insight organizations gain from their data determines its value. According to Skillern an estimated 5 percent of the data captured provides insights as 95 percent is at rest. She asserts that it is essential to catch, store and use the data efficiently and take the insights to drive results.

“We have the technology and the opportunity in the business space — whether it’s AI for play or for good or for business, AI is going to transform the industry,” she said.

Intel is banking on data to transform the enterprise. Skillern reported that the company believes it is going to “unlock business opportunity, revenue growth, cost savings in environment,” causing a new digital economy.

“So we think we’re just on the cusp of this transformation, and the next five to 10 years is going to be amazing,” Skillern said.

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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