Intel Acquires Cloud Optimization Software Startup Granulate

Granulate Cloud Solutions, an Israeli startup delivering real-time continuous cloud optimization software, has agreed to be acquired by Intel. The acquisition of Granulate would enable Intel’s cloud and data center clients to improve compute workload performance while lowering infrastructure and cloud expenses. The specifics of the deal are being kept under wraps.

While cloud computing and microservices have ushered in a new era of distributed application flexibility and deployment scalability, contemporary designs have generated more complicated performance concerns that traditional operating systems and runtimes are ill-equipped to handle, stated Intel. Clients would also frequently use outdated Linux distributions and application libraries that are out of current with today’s high-performance CPU developments. Intel says it is dedicated to assisting clients in scaling their compute clusters, instance types, and cloud deployments correctly.

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“Granulate’s cutting-edge autonomous optimization software can be applied to production workloads without requiring the customer to make changes to its code,” said Sandra Rivera, executive vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel.

Granulate’s self-optimization service addresses these issues by lowering CPU use and application latency. This is accomplished by understanding the customer’s application and implementing a set of tailored continuous optimizations at runtime. This would enable application performance to be improved while lowering cloud and data center expenses by allowing deployment on smaller computing clusters and instance types.

Granulate’s service does not necessitate the involvement of a developer or the modification of the customer’s own code. Even with legacy Linux distributions and runtimes, optimizations for the newest CPUs may be applied.

“Today’s cloud and data center customers demand scalable, high-performance software to make the most of their hardware deployments,” said Sandra Rivera, executive vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel. “Granulate’s cutting-edge autonomous optimization software can be applied to production workloads without requiring the customer to make changes to its code, driving optimized hardware and software value for every cloud and data center customer.”

Real-Time Cloud Optimization

Granulate’s autonomous optimization solution helps cloud and data center clients increase deployment performance, decrease operational overhead, and cut application costs.

“We are building our portfolio of software optimization tools that offer flexible and scalable capabilities that allow us to meet the growing demand of the ubiquitous compute era,” said Greg Lavender, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), SVP and GM of the Software and Advanced Technology Group at Intel. “Granulate’s innovative approach to real-time optimization software complements Intel’s existing capabilities by helping customers realize performance gains, cloud cost reductions and continual workload learning.”

Granulate was part of the inaugural graduating class of Intel Ignite, the startup accelerator program that draws into Intel’s capabilities to assist early-stage firms flourish, which debuted in late 2019. Intel and Granulate have collaborated on workload optimization on Xeon installations for the past year under a commercial partnership. For clients using Intel CPUs, this partnership resulted in improved performance and lower prices.

Granulate’s cloud optimization software will be swiftly scaled by Intel as a result of the acquisition, including throughout Intel’s data center portfolio. Intel is putting money into software-enabled growth possibilities, such as end-to-end artificial intelligence and security platforms, services, and APIs.

“Together with Intel, we believe we can help customers achieve meaningful cost reductions and five times the throughput across workloads,” said Asaf Ezra, Co-Founder and CEO of Granulate. “As a part of Intel, Granulate will be able to deliver autonomous optimization capabilities to even more customers globally and rapidly expand its offering with the help of Intel’s 19,000 software engineers.”

“Granulate’s cutting-edge autonomous optimization software can be applied to production workloads without requiring the customer to make changes to its code,” said Sandra Rivera, executive vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel.

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