Intel taps Oracle Exec to lead cloud group in data center reorganization


Intel has hired Oracle executive Janet George to lead the chipmaker’s Cloud and Enterprise Solutions group as part of a reorganization of its prized Datacenter and AI Group, according to an internal memo sent this week and seen by CRN.

“These organizational changes will help us accelerate our pace to be the preferred provider of edge computing solutions for our customers today and lay the foundation for the data center of tomorrow,” wrote Sandra Rivera, who was named chief data center and AI. Brought together by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger in a previous reorganization that happened last summer.

Intel declined to comment.

As vice president and general manager of the Cloud and Enterprise Solutions Group, George “will be responsible for delivering leadership solutions for a rapidly changing market” beginning Feb. 14, Rivera said. “Today, the cloud is an end-to-end architecture and deployment model for all of our customers,” she added in the memo.

The hiring of George, who was most recently a group vice president at Oracle leading cloud-native, edge, machine learning and AI “strategic transformations”, was among a handful of leadership changes announced in the memo from Rivera. This included the departure of Intel Optane group leader Alper Ilkbahar, who is leaving for personal reasons and will be replaced by David Tuhy, the former head of Optane and SSD software efforts at Intel.

As the new leader of Intel’s cloud and enterprise solutions group, George succeeds company veteran Anurag Handa, who will report to George and take on “an expanded role leading the design and [Intel Architecture] affinity solutions with all Hyperscale Cloud and mission-critical customers,” the memo reads. Prior to his time at Oracle, George held senior AI positions at Western Digital and Yahoo. She also served as vice president of eBay and chief engineer at Apple.

Rivera’s data center reorganization also included the creation of the new Datacenter and AI Cloud Execution and Strategy Group, which will be led by Kavitha Prasad, an enterprise veteran who returned to Intel in 2021 to focus on strategy and the execution of the AI ​​after helping found the startup of the AI ​​chip.

“She will be responsible for developing [the Datacenter and AI Group’s] strategy for next-generation data center solutions, cloud architecture solutions, and deployment systems, in addition to leading Intel’s overall AI strategy and execution efforts,” Rivera wrote.

Rivera said in the memo that Matt Adiletta, principal researcher for data center architecture, will continue to lead the Datacenter and AI group’s CTO organization on an interim basis until the company finds a permanent leader. She added that Ken Caviasca and the Custom-Logic ASIC engineering team will transition from the Programmable Solutions Group to the Adiletta team “to ensure closer alignment and collaboration with our cloud architecture initiatives.”

“The organization will continue to provide the best enterprise and network accelerator IPs, differentiated custom ASICs, and quality engineering services for network and cloud applications,” Rivera wrote of the team. Custom ASIC from Caviasca.

As part of the reorganization, several senior fellows will join the “expanded Datacenter and AI Group staff to provide advice on strategy and decisions and elevate the voice of our technologists,” according to the memo.

Mahesh Iyer will join the Programmable Solutions Group, Karl Kempf will join the Datacenter and AI Operations team, Debendra Das Sharma will join the Data Platforms Engineering and Architecture team, Ronak Singhal will join the Xeon & Memory Group and Ofri Wechsler will join the AI ​​Solutions architecture team, the memo says.

The reorganization was announced as Intel’s dominance in the data center market faces increased competition on multiple fronts: from AMD, chip startups and companies like Amazon Web Services that are turning to alternative architectures on the CPU side, and from Nvidia and others on the AI ​​side. .

While Intel’s Data Center Group grew 20% year-over-year in Q4 2021, business was only supported by increased sales to enterprise customers and service providers. communications services. Intel’s sales to cloud service providers, on the other hand, fell 5%.

Meanwhile, AMD said last week that its EPYC server processor revenue more than doubled in the fourth quarter and for all of last year. This doubling of EPYC’s revenue in the fourth quarter also happened on the cloud side, thanks to more than 130 new AMD-powered cloud instances and internal deployments from AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and other vendors.

Scott Cameron, who leads the Azure infrastructure practice for Insight, based in Tempe, Ariz., No. 14 on CRN’s 2021 list of 500 solution providers, told CRN that the hiring of George, an executive “Oracle to lead cloud and enterprise efforts in the Datacenter and AI Group reflects Intel’s growing efforts to influence Intel processor consumption on specific workloads and across the hybrid cloud spectrum.

“It makes sense to attract people from these industries,” said Cameron, who learned of the leadership changes from CRN. “Oracle has an important role to play in the consumption of high-end Intel processors in data centers and online.”

As an example of Intel’s growing investments in the cloud, Cameron said Intel is working to influence SAP and Oracle workloads that migrate to Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure, which is the one of the reasons he thinks Intel’s hiring of George is a good move.

“If they want to understand this business better, I’m not really surprised,” he said.


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