Google said on Thursday it would work closer with chipmaker Intel to drive more customers to the cloud by integrating their respective software and hardware capabilities to better power container management, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) workloads.
Nan Boden, Google's head of global technology partners, blogged that the strategic alliance will better pair the software Google runs in its hyper-scale cloud facilities with Intel's chips around those cutting-edge technologies.
"We’ve worked closely with Intel for years on data center processor technology, and are now expanding our collaboration to help enterprise customers move from legacy infrastructure to an open, secure and future-proof cloud," Boden said.
The strategic alliance will focus not only on technology integrations but also on joint marketing and education efforts geared to the vendors' channels, Boden said.
"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," Boden said.
Through the alliance, Google will work to optimize Kubernetes, the container orchestration technology it developed internally and then later open sourced, for Intel's hardware architecture.
As to its machine learning platform, Google's TensorFlow library of algorithms will be optimized to better leverage the capability of Intel CPUs .
On the IoT front, the two vendors will mutually develop a platform connecting Intel devices deployed in the field to Google's cloud infrastructure.
And the entire collaboration will involve enhancing security integrations.