| SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO Feb 26 Intel launched a
new software platform for number-crunching on a massive scale,
its latest offering in a growing field that it hopes will boost
sales of its powerful server chips.
The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker is one of a
growing number of technology companies that want to help
organizations find value in Big Data -- the analysis of vast
troves of information that can be culled from social media, Web
searches, financial records, and other mountains of digital
facts and figures.
Intel unveiled its third customized version of Hadoop, the
open-source software that aggregates results from large sets of
data and is widely used in Big Data analysis.
Intel's tweaks to Hadoop optimize it to work better with
solid-state drives as well as other improvements, Boyd Davis,
vice president of Intel's architecture group and general manager
of the datacenter software division, said at a news event on
Intel hopes that developing software to encourage more
companies to leap into Big Data analysis will lead to higher
sales of its high-end Xeon server processors.
"One of our biggest motivators is to drive faster growth of
the data center itself," Davis said.
Intel plans to distribute its version of Hadoop through
vendors and service providers and will also sell its own
technical support services.