"Joint projects between Google and Intel point
out areas in which both can collaborate, and places where Intel is
looking to maintain an edge as the PC market dries up" summarizes Serdar Yegulalp, senior writer at InfoWorld.
In a pair of announcements released yesterday, Google and Intel reaffirmed a partnership in four areas where the two have previously collaborated: the Kubernetes container orchestration framework, machine learning, internet of things development, and security.
In all four cases, the improvements involve software or services created by Google, in conjunction with hardware or contributions created by Intel. These aren’t new collaborations—instead, the companies are doubling down on areas where they have complementary efforts.
At the top of the list is Kubernetes, making fresh headlines with a newly launched commercial venture to provide support. Kubernetes, of course, originated at Google, and Intel has provided optimizations so that it can run more smoothly on Intel hardware—what Google calls “improved feature transparency” in its blog post.
This fits into a long-standing pattern set in which Intel contributes features to open source projects. In turn, the projects will increase their empowerment by—or dependency on—features in Intel hardware.