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Intel excludes VMware's ESXi hypervisor in an important upgrade

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April 14, 2016

To the surprise of some observers, Intel has excluded VMware's ESXi hypervisor as part of an important upgrade of its private cloud.

Intel is a Platinum Member of the OpenStack Foundation and therefore has a board seat on the project's overall decision-making process.

And having an industry-standard name such as Intel should also bring a lot of political push as well.

The company's also been building an OpenStack private cloud since about mid-2011, but also built a customized virtualization controller as well.

A white paper has also appeared on the OpenStack web site in which Intel's plans to re-engineer its cloud by adopting the OpenStack control plane are also revealed.

That plan suggests that ESXi doesn't feature in Intel's immediate future. Both VMware and Intel get along very well, however.

Intel helped design some extensions in silicon to help VMware. As a result, the virtualization firm says that Intel made more money than VM did during the server virtualization boom of 2010-2015.

Nevertheless, the two large companies have very different views about OpenStack as a system. VMware thinks it needs to be controlled in a way by vSphere, so that developers don't do crazy things that IT departments have to fix or re-invent.

Intel says exactly the opposite and that everybody should go 'ballistic' and build clouds everywhere on OpenStack.

Intel's whitepaper shows the company is planning “a fully automated architecture that minimizes manual service requests, aiming at instant fulfillment of 90 percent of service requests.”

“By Phase III, the enterprise private cloud will be heavily based on open standards and open source technologies. Phase III represents the next step on the road to federated, interoperable, and open hybrid cloud. It will support PaaS, containers and automated hybrid cloud provisioning to maximize scalability, flexibility and overall value.”

It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out for 2016. Already the two companies appear to be on very opposite pages when it comes to virtualization technology. Since the world of IT cannot be imagined without the presence of Intel, it will be interesting in deed. VMware needs to fight hard to keep its turf.

Source: The USB 3.0 Promoter Group.

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