PHONE+ has confirmed that Intel Corp. is working on a IP PBX plug-in to its new Hybrid Cloud, a subscription-based model for providing locally hosted server software on a pay-as-you-go basis through channel partners.
“We expect to have an IP PBX offering added to Intel Hybrid Cloud after it starts shipping," according to Christopher Graham, Intel’s product marketing engineer for Server CPU Channel Marketing, who said the initial production will run without it as will systems used in the pilot program. “We expect to be able to have our pilot program customers download the IP PBX offering later for use on the systems we are getting ready to ship."
In June the company announced a pilot program for MSPs and IT solutions providers to offer the Intel Hybrid Cloud service to small businesses. Reports previewing the offer in SMB Nation, a publication for IT resellers, explained Intel’s Hybrid Cloud “enables an MSP to turn on, turn off, and remotely manage multiple virtual appliances, including popular Microsoft server applications and other server apps for small businesses. It runs on a headless server without a keyboard or mouse that is managed from another PC such as a remote laptop."
Initially, SMB Nation reported, the Intel Hybrid Cloud will be available on special SKUs of Lenovo’s ThinkServer TS200v as part of the pilot program, which kicked off in July.
The VAR Guy reported earlier this month that several MSPs had been selected for the pilots. In addition, it quoted Graham saying that more than 30 plug-ins from various software vendors – security, storage, remote management and monitoring – are expected by the end of the year. Graham told PHONE+ that it will offer one or two IP PBX options.