As expected, Intel Corp launched its new internet services hosting business yesterday, under the name Internet Online Services Inc and said it would offer customers a choice of using either Intel-based server or Sun Sparc systems. The new, to be run by Mike Aymar, previously vice president and general manager of Intel’s Desktop Products Group, […]
As expected, Intel Corp launched its new internet services hosting business yesterday, under the name Internet Online Services Inc and said it would offer customers a choice of using either Intel-based server or Sun Sparc systems. The new, to be run by Mike Aymar, previously vice president and general manager of Intel’s Desktop Products Group, will provide second-generation web hosting services on a worldwide basis. The first two service centers, at Intel HQ in Santa Clara, California, and at a development facility in Folsom, California, are already up and running, with a third under development in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. Intel’s plans call for further centers in Japan and England.
Second-generation hosting, according to Intel, goes beyond the usual first generation co-location services, where users are provided with a secure building, uninterrupted power and fast network connections, but buy their own hardware and software. Intel says it will provide and manage the facilities and the network, and will buy, integrate and deploy all the hardware and low-level software needed to run applications. Users will be charged per server on a monthly basis, the amount depending on the size of the server. It will own both the hardware and the first few layers of software, and offer users a choice for each layer.
Currently, customers can opt for either Dell Intel or Sun Sparc- based hardware, running Windows NT or Solaris (from both Intel and Sparc) or Linux, and at the database level Microsoft SQL or Oracle. The choices come down to levels of demand, Intel said. It is putting together a copy exactly methodology along with service integration and validation techniques, in order to manage all the elements to provide a consistent predictable service that can be upgraded without disruption. Intel claims second generation hosting can offer better hosting reliability and faster development of e-business systems – but still plans to offer first-generation co-location services as well for those that want it. Initial customers include the e-Citi unit of Citigroup, Excite@Home Shopping Service and NEC Corp.
Intel has set aside 85,000 square feet at Santa Clara, space enough to host over 10,000 servers in an ultra-dense server farm environment, with network provisioning and redundancy and heightened levels of physical security. At Folsom, new services will be validated before full deployment. The Virginia data center, due on line in the first quarter of 2000, will house an additional 8,000 servers. The Japanese and English centers should be operational by mid-2000.
Business consulting firms iXL, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Proxicom, Razorfish and US Interactive have agreed to support the service and will work with Intel to market the services and use them as a base for e-business projects. Where customers don’t specify a hosting provider, Intel’s service will be used as the preferred supplier. Pandesic LLP, the SAP AG/Intel e-commerce joint venture, also plans to work with the new unit, and says eHobbies.com, due to launch next month, will be one of the first Pandesic customers hosted by Intel. The deal isn’t exclusive, however. Pandesic already has a list of authorized web hosting partners.
MCI Worldcom Inc’s internet service provider UUNet Inc is working with Intel to create new network management capabilities for service centers, centered around improved performance and reliability. The results will be used in the future by UUNet itself for its own proposed data centers. In the meantime, UUNet will act as a network provider for Intel.