Intel picks up significant stake in Cloudera to boost Internet of Things

Intel today announced significant equity investment in Cloudera.

The PC chip vendor did not share financial details.

With the investment, Intel has become the largest strategic investor in Cloudera. The goal is the acceleration of customer adoption of big data solutions, Intel said.

This is Intel’s single largest data center technology investment in its history.

Cloudera will develop and optimize Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) for Intel architecture as its preferred platform and support a range of next-generation technologies including Intel fabrics, flash memory and security.

Intel will market and promote CDH and Cloudera Enterprise to its customers as its preferred Hadoop platform.

Intel will focus its engineering and marketing resources on the joint roadmap. The optimizations from Intel’s Distribution for Apache Hadoop/Intel Data Platform (IDH/IDP) will be integrated into CDH and IDH/IDP and will be transitioned after v3.1 release at the end of March.


To ensure a seamless customer transition to CDH, Intel and Cloudera will work on a migration path from IDH/IDP. Cloudera will also ensure that all enhancements will be contributed to their respective open source projects and CDH.

The collaboration with Cloudera promises to enhance both Intel data center and Internet of Things (IoT) technology initiatives by enabling customers to manage and analyze machine-generated data from a variety of sources, spanning sensors to gateways and a range of devices.

Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, said: “We expect to accelerate industry adoption of the Hadoop data platform and enable companies to mine their data for insights that inform the business. This collaboration spans our data center technology from compute to network, security and storage, and extends to our initiatives for the Internet of Things.”

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