In case you forgot, Intel offers a distribution of Hadoop. Tony Baur, Principal Analyst at Ovum, explains why Intel created this distribution:
The answer is that Hadoop is becoming the scale-out compute pillar of
Intel’s emerging Software-Defined Infrastructure initiative for the data
center – a vision that virtualizes general- and special-purpose CPUs
powering functions under common Intel hardware-based components. The value
proposition that Intel is proposing is that embedding serving, network,
and/or storage functions into the chipset is a play for public or private
cloud – supporting elasticity through enabling infrastructure to reshape
itself dynamically according to variable processing demands.
Theoretically it sounds possible. But as the other attempt to explain Intel’s Hadoop distribution, I don’t believe this one either. Unfortunately I don’t have a good one myself, so I’ll keep asking myself.
Original title and link: What is Intel doing in the Hadoop business?