Intel/Mcafee buy – What gives?

Well it did strike me as a rather unusual piece of news when i’d read that Intel had bought Mcafee, although in the year of 2010 which seems to be the year of vendor consolidation I guess it should be no surprise. Mcafee that is predominantly based within the Anti Virus market space and most recently the security and compliance space is going to be rather a new territory for Intel.

Something leads me to believe that its not a spur of the moment purchase and there is a lot more devil in the detail, these are some of my reasons in short;

Patents

It strikes me that Mcafee has a lot of these, and in particular to my blog title I have discovered they have this patent.

This patent as it states could have implications for the big SaaS players such as Google, Microsoft and VMware, its basically a sure thing to be central to the future of Cloud computing revenue models. Does this mean Intel own intellectual rights to anyone selling SaaS or any related based service? I’m not a patent specialist so can’t completely concur however it does sound like it has potential.

Future tech

Linked in some respects to owned patents, I have a suspicion that Mcafee has been working with Intel for some time on technology that moves the security engine into a hardware layer of either on the CPU, Mainboards or Network cards. Couple this with Intel’s vision of vPro and centralised onboard management of compute nodes and this has potential to reach the consumer space in the home and then devices in the commercial space.

Confusing messages

The above are my main reasons that I think mcafee were purchased, their are a lot of confusing messages that I expect are being read, one of mine is VMware VMsafe. This technology has been in the works for well over Three years now, the future is clearly based on this for a virtualised environment and the basis around the efficiencies and performance gains are achieved mean VMsafe will mean less revenue to be made on AV (and in future other) server agents. Does this however mean that less revenue will be made on this area of business? do Intel care due to knowing something we don’t? I think its going to be an interesting future with this acquisition so I will be watching it unfold rather closely.

Utility overcharge

A colleagues mother at work was being overcharged for Electricity bills for the period of the last year, with the reason for this being that the electricity company was reading the wrong meter! This got me thinking, how many people have this certain electricity company overcharged over the same period or even since they started as a business? I expect a large volume of people have been ripped off with the net result of revenue being accrued into the service providers coffers.

With those negative views withstanding now align this overcharge scenario within todays era of Utility computing and billing within the IT Sector. Unless you are exceptionally efficient as an IT unit and have invested in toolset and technology to have a personal “IT Meter” you most certainly are going to be being overcharged I expect.

My point with this is that is the Utility computing world that is used for IT Managed Service agreements going to be as granular and utility driven as the bill you are receiving actually states? Are you sure you are really obtaining the true beneficial value that is offered by a utility billing agreement? Or in the grand scheme of things is your organisation more appropriately suited to an alternative way to pay for IT Services? Strong control and operational management reporting are most certainly needed to provide data that can facilitate your commercial teams to ensure you are not being overcharged and losing the potential benefits of a utility offering.

Additionally look at this overcharging scenario for a cloud based world and this potential overcharge in future will be magnified even further. Despite the same obvious traits in the Cloud world of ensuring that you are still paying for what you actually useĀ I believe that this new wave of computing era will bring yet even more true characteristic that we see within home based billing.

Now, I do not want a plethora of Spam and followers on Twitter trying to sell me chargeback/measurement tools, I am merely stating that what you believe you are paying for within day to day usage utility service may or may not always be what you actually think when it comes to utility and this is evident by what I discovered happened with utility services for the home that have most likely been over charging consumers after 40-50 years since meters (or the wrong meters) were installed into millions of homes.