Cloud computing is real inside Intel IT. In fact, it is one of our Top 3 Priorities this year (the other two are “consumerization” and security).  At Intel, our private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service implementation is important because it means we can deliver a highly available computing environment that provides secure services and data on-demand to authenticated users and devices from a shared, elastic, and multi-tenant infrastructure.  Discover the Top 5 business drivers that led to the implemention of our private cloud strategy in my recent blog post on Data Center Knowledge.

Intel’s team of collaboration architects won an IT industry award for the enterprise architecture (EA) deliverables which enable global collaboration solutions throughout Intel.

 

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The basis for the award was comprehensive EA for the broad, integrated set of collaboration tools Intel IT provides on secure computing infrastructure.  The scope of collaboration includes videoconferencing, audio conferencing, shared content repositories and collaborative web sites, webcams, softphones and social media.  Specific examples of architecture called out in the nomination were unified collaboration & communications (UCC), presence-enabled applications and unified meeting resources (UMR), with excerpts of actual strategic, reference and solution architecture artifacts.

 

Other architecture nominations competing in the “Customer Oriented Business Models” category came from international companies in industries such as US military, insurance, real estate, engineering/construction, and telecommunications.

 

The award ceremony was held on July 28, 2011 in Bangalore, India and was attended by more than 250 top IT and management professionals including award recipients from over 10 countries.  The architecture excellence competition was sponsored by iCMG, a business consulting firm which also holds the annual Architecture World forum.   The idea behind the yearly competition is to encourage the development of a wide range of architecting talent.

 

Congratulations to the core architecture team: Cathy Spence, Cindy Pickering, Scott Trevor, Rick Kraemer, Warija Adiga, Ganesh Narayanan, Omer Ben-Shalom, Scott McWilliams, and John Simpson.

 

For more information on Intel IT’s collaboration solutions read Enabling Global Collaboration with Intel®-based Infrastructure.

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