Intel buys into big data

BlueData logoThe investment wing of chip giant Intel said it has made an extra equity investment in BlueData and also announced a strategic plan to work with the software company.

BlueData makes infrastructure software for big data, using datacentre architecture using Intel Xeon server chips.

Intel has already struck deals with Cloudera for Apache Hadoop.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was made to say: “BlueData’s software delivers the simplicity, agility and efficiency of big data as a service in an on premises model.”

What this means is that BluData will optimise and develop big data infrastructure based on Intel Xeon chips.

The two firms will work on selling stuff together in coordinated product, channel and sales programmes.

Intel did not say specifically how much money it has plunged into BlueData but did say it’s part of a $20 million funding round as part o a strategic investment. A senior VP from Intel, Doug Fisher, will take a seat on BlueData’s board of directors.