Intel last week officially launched its Intel online services division for Internet Web hosting.
In making the announcement, the company unveiled industry partners with which it will work, and laid out a time line of the services it will offer.
On day one, Intel is providing co-location services for companies in which Intel offers the Web hosting infrastructure.
The initial set of offerings from Intel is called "first-generation Web hosting".
"We will provide the Ps: the ping, the power and the pipes," said David Rowe, marketing director at the Internet data services division.
By early 2000 Intel will ramp up its services from Web hosting to e-commerce operational services and provide the hardware, software and system integration to its customers. According to Rowe, Intel will work with its customers to create an approved list of best-of-breed electronic-commerce software solutions as well as processing and managing the data.
While Intel will be working directly with some of its customers, the company is also partnering with numerous consulting services which offer solution services and marketing strategies. Intel announced agreements to work with Atlanta-based iXL, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, in New York, and Los Angeles-based US Interactive, among others.
On the back end, Intel will partner with UUNET, an MCI WorldCom company for high-performance networking and bandwidth services.
Among the companies using Intel are Bex, a business-to-business e-commerce company; eHobbies, a hobbyist portal set to launch next month; HealthMagic, an information service for the health care industry; and Quokka Sports, a sports entertainment Web site.