This has certainly been excellent progress, but with Cloud Day we’re unveiling a number of new collaborations to drive deeper investment in the industry SDI stack evolution. We are optimizing software with underlying Intel architecture capabilities while accelerating successful deployments in enterprise data centers. In other words, we have hit the turbo button on Cloud for All and our work with the industry to democratize cloud.
Let me start with investment in SDI solutions. Enterprise customers have been looking for opportunities to run traditional VM based workloads alongside containerized applications with the ability to seamlessly integrate both into their environments. That’s why we’re so delighted by the announcement of a collaboration with CoreOS and Mirantis to integrate Kubernetes and OpenStack into a single open source SDI set of capabilities, eliminating confusion caused by solution fragmentation and giving our customers a clear path to deployment of mixed VM and container environments.
Kubernetes was initially delivered by Google to encourage broad proliferation of container app development models, and CoreOS, the company who has delivered the Tectonic solution to the market, makes an ideal partner for leading the Kubernetes development. Mirantis, a pure play OpenStack vendor, brings tried and true expertise on the OpenStack platform to the collaboration. We will be offering all software as upstream contributions benefitting the entire community towards accelerated SDI innovation. Expect more details on this collaboration at the OpenStack Summit in Austin.
Equally as critical as open source platform innovation is optimization of the SDI stack with underlying infrastructure. We announced the creation of the Intel Cloud Builders program today with over 30 industry leaders to spur broad optimization of SDI and drive integration of these solutions into the market. The program will offer developer education opportunities, drive optimization efforts into deployable reference architectures, and integration of available solutions with end user POCs and trials. We’ve published 20 reference architectures today with the launch, and these can be viewed at cloudbuilders.intel.com.
Examples of the type of optimization efforts driven through Intel Cloud Builders are two software collaborations announced today focused on Snap, our open source telemetry framework that provides access to data on the states and capabilities of underlying infrastructure enabling more acute awareness and control of data center infrastructure. We announced a collaboration with raintank to integrate snap into Grafana. I hosted Torkel Odegaard, Co-Founder of raintank, onstage to share a demo of Grafana at work, and Torkel surprised the crowd with an announcement of the new Grafana 3.0 and launch of Grafana.net delivering this new capability to the hundreds of thousands of current Grafana users. We also announced that leading provider Iron.io will be integrating snap into their future software platforms.
At the end of the day, we collaborate with the industry to drive deployment of cloud solutions and bring the agility and efficiency of the cloud model to the mainstream. This is why our announcement with VMware is an important aspect of our strategy to drive broad cloud deployments in the enterprise this year. We announced the creation of a network of Centers of Excellence, resources for end customers to get custom configuration support, run POCs, and access reference architectures to speed deployments on premises. We expect hundreds of customers to access the COEs this year with the first COE opening its doors today for customer engagement. Additionally, we’ve teamed up with NIST to drive the latest cybersecurity standards and compliance into the COEs offering customers a unique opportunity to leverage the latest security technologies from both companies into their deployments.
If you’re excited as I am about the progress we’re making with accelerated industry innovation towards unleashing tens of thousands of clouds, I encourage you to engage with us on this journey. If you’re coding open source software for SDI, engage with us in the OpenStack Innovation Center, learn more about our CoreOS, Mirantis collaboration, or get connected with us on github with snap. If you’re a hardware or software company working in this space, consider membership in Intel Cloud Builders, and start talking to us about collaborations to deliver optimized solutions to the market. If you’re looking to deploy cloud solutions, check out our solutions catalog and talk to us about a POC or trial. Cloud is the greatest disruptor of business today, and we’re looking forward to working with you to drive the democratization of cloud to deliver this disruptive power to all.