Intel buys Israeli software company

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2022 – Intel Corp. acquired an Israeli developer of real-time continuous optimization software.

The acquisition of Granulate Cloud Solutions Ltd. “will help cloud and data center customers maximize compute workload performance and reduce infrastructure and cloud costs.”

The terms of the contract are not disclosed.

“Today’s cloud and data center customers demand scalable, high-performance software to get the most out of their hardware deployments,” said Sandra Rivera, executive vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and AI group at Intel, in a press release announcing the agreement. .

“Granulate’s industry-leading standalone optimization software can be applied to production workloads without the customer having to modify their code, maximizing the hardware and software value for every cloud and data center customer. .”

While cloud computing and microservices have created a new era of flexibility in distributed applications and deployment scalability, modern architectures have introduced more complex performance issues that are not easily handled by operating systems and traditional runtimes. Additionally, customers often deploy older Linux distributions and application libraries that are not up to date with the latest advances in today’s high-performance processors.

Granulate’s Autonomous Optimization Service solves these problems by reducing CPU utilization and application latencies. It does this by learning the client’s application and deploying a custom set of continuous optimizations at runtime. This enables deployment on smaller compute clusters and instance types to improve application performance and reduce cloud and data center costs. Granulate’s service does not require developer intervention, nor does it require the customer to make changes to their own code. Optimizations for the latest processors can be applied even on older Linux distributions and runtimes.

Granulate’s Autonomous Optimization Service enables cloud and data center customers to dramatically improve the performance of their deployments, reduce operational overhead, and lower application costs.

Asaf Ezra, co-founder and CEO of Granulate, said his company with Intel can help customers reduce costs and increase workload throughput fivefold.

The relationship between Intel and Granulate began at the end of 2019, when Granulate was part of the first promotion of Intel® Ignite, the startup accelerator program that taps into Intel’s resources to help startups succeed. Over the past year, Intel and Granulate have worked together under a commercial agreement to collaborate on workload optimization on Xeon deployments. This collaboration has resulted in performance gains and lower costs for customers using Intel processors.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. At that time, Granulate’s approximately 120 employees will be integrated into Intel’s Datacenter and AI business unit.


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