Intel to Open Solution Centers, Part of $100M Plan

SAN FRANCISCO (06/27/2000) - Intel Corp. Tuesday announced two programs as part of its US$100 million initiative to boost the development of electronic-business software for servers based on Intel processors. One of the initiatives involves the opening of Intel Solution Centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, which the company first mentioned in February, while the other program is known as the Intel Server Applications Enabling Program.

The U.S. chip giant made the announcement at the PC Expo show taking place in New York this week.

Intel initially talked about the establishment of e-Business Solution Centers at its Developer Forum in February, saying that the centers would act as interoperability laboratories for tuning e-business stacks based on its 32-bit and 64-bit Intel Architecture (IA) chips. [See "Intel Leads Net to Next Generation, Otellini Says," Feb. 16.]Equipped with hardware, software and testing and engineering services, Intel's Solution Centers will offer tried-and-tested integrated turnkey e-business stacks through partnerships with IT companies including Microsoft Corp., testing specialist Rational Software Corp., storage company EMC Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel said in a statement issued Tuesday. Customers can then build upon the stacks -- which pull together server hardware, operating systems, middleware, database and e-business application suites -- to create their own e-business systems.

Intel is opening the first U.S. Solutions Centers in Santa Clara, California; Chantilly, Virginia, and DuPont, Washington, the vendor said. It has plans to open similar centers in Paris and Amsterdam, as well as Reading, England; Paris; Munich; Germany, and Stockholm. Intel first mentioned plans to open the European centers in April. [See "Intel to Open European E-Business Centers," April 7.] In the Asia-Pacific region, the chip maker hopes to open Solution Centers in China and India.

The idea of the Intel Server Applications Enabling program is to provide e-business server application "recipes" to system makers as a way to attune the process of designing and building servers to the needs of such applications, Intel said. The program would also aim to simplify the integration of a variety of different servers.

Intel customers signing up for the program will obtain a year of maintenance and support related to e-business server implementations along with access to on-site technical and marketing support. Assisting Intel in the program in terms of developing, testing and document server application recipes are the likes of Microsoft, Oracle Corp., and Linux distributor Red Hat Inc.

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080 or via the Internet at http://www.intel.com/.

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