Intel is seeking to carve a niche in the storage market by founding the Intel Storage Community (ISC), a grouping of more than 40 storage providers, platform integrators and application developers.
According to the chip vendor, the community will primarily assist OEM members via a Solutions Directory. This will consist of all products, solutions and developing technologies from ISC members.
"Last year, we had a reorganisation around our platforms and part of that was to focus more on storage," Intel Asia-Pacific product line manager for networking and storage, Steve Chatham, said. "This is all about Intel and its partners creating the building blocks for the storage market.
"We want to work with other companies in the community to drive down the cost of the storage."
Intel currently manufactures a number of storage-related hardware components, such as I/O processors, PCI bridges and Serial ATA controllers, for whitebox vendors to create solutions with.
Although Chatham couldn't point to a local integrator, distributor or reseller who was currently a member of the ISC, he said there was keen interest. "We see Australia as a very mature market," Chatham said. "Last year, we ran some events with resellers and were demonstrating solutions that had been developed by OEMs in Taiwan.
"There was a lot of interest in a low-end NAS solution from a number of resellers."
Intel had a number of whitebox solutions it planned to introduce into the channel, Chatham said.
Already announced and available to whitebox vendors, for example, was the Intel Mount Adams SAN Storage SSR212MA. This employed the emerging iSCSI standard for data transport over existing Ethernet infrastructures.
We will be following that with different whitebox solutions through the Intel channel," Chatham said.
The next would arrive in late Q2 or early Q3 at a lower price point, he said.