Google, Intel, Zoom and others form Modern Computing Alliance

The collective will hope to foster a collaborative culture and work towards a fully-interoperable and cloud-first business landscape

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Almost a dozen tech giants have come together to create an organisation dedicated to fostering greater collaboration and integration between their different systems, from chipmaking to cloud computing.

The Modern Computing Alliance has been established to steer the wider industry towards a more collaborative culture, based on the understanding that innovation will depend on such principles to a much greater extent.

The full complement of founding members including Google, Intel, Box, Citrix, Dell, Imprivata, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, Zoom, and VMware will seek to shape thinking around areas such as security, but will also devise an investment strategy.

“By bringing together an alliance of the leaders from silicon-to-cloud we can shape the vision of computing together,” said Chrome OS VP & GM John Solomon. 

“The mission of the Modern Computing Alliance is to provide a solution from silicon to the cloud that is truly differentiated. It provides users choice of applications they want to run, and is integrated, so you get that great seamless experience.”

This silicon-to-cloud vision will involve crafting a seamless pathway for businesses to navigate spanning hardware, operating systems, web browsers, security and management, virtualisation, and applications.  

The Modern Computing Alliance also provides a platform and a forum for the industry’s biggest names to come together and be more effective when thinking about devising new standards, business processes, or reacting to changes in the landscape. 

“The purpose of the Modern Computing Alliance is to work together with leading industry partners to create an actionable plan that will address the evolving needs of our commercial customers,” added Intel’s VP and GM Chris Walker.

Companies like VMware will provide a bridge from legacy to modern security, while the organisation will allow for better integrations and interoperability between apps such as Slack and Box with services provided by firms like Google.

Dell’s involvement will be based on giving customers a better Chrome OS experience on its hardware, with the company planning to collaborate with other partners to innovate for Chrome OS in its broader ecosystem. Intel, meanwhile, will serve as a founding silicon member, while RingCentral will offer to far more easily integrate its communications services into complementary platforms. 

The group’s mindset is also geared towards thinking about ways to innovate and collaborate in the distant as well as near future, in order to ensure the future business landscape is one of interoperability and cloud-first in nature.

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