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Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel’s cash inside

May 9th, 2014

Analysis Server SAN software startup Maxta has gained $25m in a B-round of funding led by Intel’s investment arm and Tenaya Capital just as the software-defined and converged storage trends are taking off.

The upstart swallowed $10m in an A-round in October last year.

With converged compute/storage hardware-software competitors Nutanix and Simplivity progressing well, with VMware having launched VSAN, and with EMC pushing its ScaleIO technology, Maxta’s investors no doubt see this is no time to be taking their foot off the company development gas pedal.

The B-round was led by two new investors: Tenaya Capital and Intel Capital. Existing investor Andreessen Horowitz also participated. Maxta will use the cash for “product development and to expand its marketing, sales and support efforts”.

The product is the Maxta Storage Platform (MxSP) and it turns standard X86 servers into converged compute and storage boxes, aggregating storage across a set of virtualised servers. It is hypervisor-agnostic, although VMware is the initial focus. Maxta says it’s resilient and eliminates the need for traditional storage arrays. It also seems to be Tintri-like in that admins manage VM constructs and not storage abstractions.

Yoram Novick, Maxta’s founder, president and CEO, said: “Maxta will use this opportunity to tap into Intel’s significant engineering and marketing resources to provide superior VM-centric storage solutions.”

Analysis
So Maxta will tweak its code to make better use of X86 hardware and Intel will provide marketing assistance to Maxta – perhaps something along the lines of an “Intel inside”-type campaign?

Why did Intel Capital get on board? Arvind Sodhani, its president and an exec at Intel Corp, said: “The investment in Maxta is a way to accelerate this [converged, software-defined storage] trend, while supporting Intel’s innovation strategy, and it helps radically change the economics of storage for customers.”

How does it support Intel’s innovation strategy? Maxta has said “it will work with Intel on business development, marketing, and go-to-market opportunities as well as to optimise MxSP technology to deliver superior converged, software-defined storage for Intel-based platforms.”

Yes, well, what other platforms might it optimise MxSP for? We can think of two: IBM POWER and ARM, and can immediately see why Intel would not want either of those CPU architectures to make progress in the server side of data centres, or the storage array side either.

The more software-defined products are spun up for Intel hardware, the fewer data centre virtualised server buyers will be lured by the siren calls of ARM and POWER.

And what about Intel hardware-using Nutanix and Simplivity and other Intel-loving server SAN software suppliers? Intel is probably aware of such a possibility and won’t want them to go waltzing off on the data centre dance floor arm-in-arm with … ARM or, indeed, with POWER.

Source:http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/08/maxta_gets_intel_inside/

Intel to rename McAfee software, John McAfee elated

January 10th, 2014

John McAfee, the flamboyant millionaire who founded a pioneering anti-virus software company that Intel Corp bought for $7.7 billion, says he is glad that the chipmaker plans to drop his name from its products.

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich announced the decision to abandon the McAfee name at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying the company plans to adopt the “Intel Security” brand.

“I’ve been begging them to drop the brand or fix the product,” McAfee said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. He did not speculate on a reason for the move, which was not completely unexpected.

Last June, McAfee appeared in a profanity-laced video attacking the quality of the software produced by the company, which he founded in the late 1980s. He said he frequently gets emails from customers who complain that it degrades the performance of their computers and is difficult to remove.

Intel has repeatedly said the attacks on the quality of its software are “ludicrous” and without merit.

Its chief technology officer, Michael Fey, said that the company was not concerned about the video, partly because customers knew that John McAfee had not worked for the company in some 20 years.

“Everybody realized the man was trying to get a laugh or make a joke. It is far from something that most buyers took seriously,” he said. “We didn’t really feel much pressure.”

Still, he said, it would be a relief to be able to ignore John McAfee’s antics once Intel stopped using his name.

“As an employee I am happy to stop having to answer that,” Fey said.

Questions about Intel’s plans for keeping the McAfee brand first surfaced in late 2012, when John McAfee, to much publicity, left the Central American nation of Belize after police sought to question him about the murder of a neighbor. He said he was framed for a murder he did not commit.

John McAfee fled to the United States in December 2012 and is developing technology dubbed D-Central that he says will help keep Internet communications safe from government snooping.

Then in his video attacking the software, the millionaire fires a gun into a computer. He was undressed and pawed by a group of young women.

McAfee said he did it all to mock the media’s unfair portrayal of him as unhinged.

“I am who I am. I’m sorry I live on the edge and enjoy life and don’t care what people think of me,” he said on Tuesday, when asked how he felt about Intel dumping his name. “I’m sorry that the software has my name.”

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/software-services/Intel-to-rename-McAfee-software-John-McAfee-elated/articleshow/28597486.cms

CES: Intel drops McAfee brand in security software rebranding

January 8th, 2014

CHIPMAKER Intel has dropped the McAfee brand for its security software, rebranding it with the not so imaginative name of “Intel Security”.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the news on stage at CES 2014 on Monday evening when he unveiled the firm’s foray into wearables, including its own smartwatch, a Bluetooth headset device and an SD-card sized chip codenamed Edison.

Former McAfee CEO John McAfee definitely is not saddened by the news, and has expressed his deep condolences regarding the rebranding, telling the BBC, “I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users.

“My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words.”

We can’t quite tell if he’s really happy about the decision or not. We’ll let you decide.

A McAfee spokesperson said the rebranding will begin immediately, but the transition will take up to a year to complete. In the meantime, the software will remain unchanged except for changing the name from McAfee Security to Intel Security.

The security company’s red shield logo, “which represents the core values of security and protection”, the McAfee spokesperson said, will remain and the firm will continue to operate as a wholly owned Intel subsidiary. Its employees will also continue to work alongside Intel employees working on security activities under the Intel Security umbrella.

Krzanich also announced that some components of mobile versions of McAfee software will now be free to use on iOS and Android devices. Intel will introduce Intel Device Protection technology this year to improve enterprise security of all Intel-based Android mobile devices.

McAfee, the company, seems to be focusing on other ventures, such as its recent five-year deal with the UK codebreaking institution Bletchley Park that aims to provide cyber security workshops for kids so they can be safer online.

The workshops will be part of an International Cyber Security Exhibition and computer learning zone provided along with a security education officer, all of which will be sponsored by McAfee to help teach kids about the dangers of cyber threats.

Source:http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2321366/ces-intel-drops-mcafee-brand-in-security-software-rebranding

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