A Look at Intel’s Cloud Builders Initiative

In case you haven’t heard, “cloud” discussions are here to stay and everyone has their own recommendations for you to start building your cloud environment, but which is best for you?  Intel has created the “Intel® Cloud Builders” program aimed at making it easier for you to build, enhance and operate cloud infrastructure.

The Intel® Cloud Builders site is a collection of Cloud Design architectures resources from all of the major vendors like Cisco, EMC, Dell, HP and IBM.  Once you understand your cloud requirements then you can filter through the architectures based on one or more of the following:

1) Usage Models

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Policy-Based Power Management
  • Scale-out Storage
  • Trusted Compute Pools
  • Unified Networking
  • Client-Aware (self-service)

2) Cloud Computing Categories

  • Build and Simply Your (existing) Cloud
  • Improve Efficiency
  • Enhance Security

3) Preferred Ecosystem Partner (allows you to pick your preferred hardware or software vendor)

While the site provides useful information, it is still limited.  For example a search in “all Dell” within the Content Library returns 3 documents; “all Cisco” returns 1 document and “all HP” returns 2 documents.  I see really good potential for this site, but Intel and their Ecosystem Partners are going to need to provide more documentation.  I would also like to see Intel introduce a filtering category that allows you to choose between rack servers and blade servers. 

Overall, I would give the site a 3 out of 5, so if you are looking for a resource to help you with your cloud design, check out Intel® Cloud Builders at http://www.intelcloudbuilders.com/

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