IBM is likely to be Intel's first partner in developing Internet hosting facilities.
Intel is seeking partners for the launch of its Internet Data Services (IDS) this summer (see PC Week, 27 April)
Intel is a developer and manufacturer of microchips, with a sideline in networking and network management tools, so it has decided it needs outside help from hardware, software and service partners to help develop and run its hosting services.
The project has been in development for more than a year, Intel sources told PC Week, but just one partnership has so far been announced, between Intel subsidiary iCat and Excite to create Excite shopping services.
Intel said it has a lot of work to do before the summer launch but is discussing ties with many potential partners.
"We are talking to them, not just from a software standpoint, but also from a services standpoint," confirmed Richard Sullivan, IBM's vice president of integrated solutions marketing.
The chipmaker has also branched out into Internet content services, and has developed Web sites including TicketMaster. The new divisions, IDS and ACS, are part of Intel's push to widen its business. It has established an internal investment fund to direct capital into more new ventures.
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