Intel talks up new cloud and LTE offerings

Intel has announced two new facets of its move into cloud computing with a new pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud service for small business, while the chip firm will also soon provide processing power for ‘intelligent smart cells’ for mobile access.

The AppUp service will allow easier access for smaller business to access Intel’s Hybrid Cloud platform without the need for resident IT geeks to keep the service running.

The service provides a package of hardware and software that are designed to make the transition over to cloud computing, which has taken a knocking recently over security fears.

This package will include a server, a range of prepackaged software from well known software providers such as Microsoft for the user to get started, along with security software expected from McAfee and others, all looked over by Intel’s own software to manage the use of application software.

As with many cloud services, rather than having to pay for all of the applications provided, Intel will only be billing for services that are used on a monthly basis. It’s a bid to make the service convenient for the user, says Intel, giving small businesses easy access to the pot of gold that is the internet.

The Xeon processors are able to track what is used and charge as part of its subscription model, and can remotely troubleshoot any problems meaning no visits are necessary from technicians.

The server platforms so far include Lenovo ThinkServer TS200v and a white box server, says Intel, with additional models to come from Acer, NEC and others in the future.

The service is not available in the UK yet, with availability in North America and India, though it is expected that this will extend to other countries in the future.

Intel also announced that it will be teaming up with 3G and LTE cell developer Ubiquisys to work on intelligent basestation (BTS) computing platforms using its range of processors from Atoms up to Xeons. There’s that WiMAX commitment again.

The two will be working on the development of the dual mode 3G/LTE cell technology to create a cloud of IP-enabled “compute engines” that offer processing power in public areas and underground locations.

With demand for mobile data rising sharply with the uptake of smartphones, small cells with processing power will be able to relieve some of the strain with storage and processing ability much closer to the user.

This could open up doors for location driven data such as interactive mapping services on your phone for those of us who get lost walking around Kings Cross station, or video services and so on.

Development with Ubiquisys, which is providing the software, will lead to a showcase at the end of this year, with designs passed to manufacturers in 2012.