In the desktop era, there was Wintel. In the big data era, apparently, there will be Cloudtel (or Intera?).
Just over a year after launching its own Hadoop distribution in the United States, Intel is discontinuing it, opting instead to support Cloudera’s distribution as the preferred Hadoop distribution for Intel server environments. The microprocessor giant is backing this technology partnership with tens of millions of dollars from Intel Capital, making it Cloudera’s largest strategic investor.
Cloudera announced last week it had raised $160 million from a group of investors, after Bloomberg reported on a round rumored to include Intel and be worth more than $200 million. VentureBeat reported on Wednesday night that Intel Capital is possibly investing more than $90 million in Cloudera. Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly said on a call Thursday morning that the company expects to disclose the exact amount of its latest funding round next week, which will include Intel Capital as well as its other investors.
“Not all the leaks are accurate,” he added.
Diane Bryant, the senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, noted that Intel’s investment in Cloudera does represent the company’s largest-ever equity investment in the data center space.