Google, Dell, Intel and a handful of different main tech firms within the IT and cloud computing industries have banded collectively to sort out joint issues round safety, distant work, and different enterprise points which have solely develop into extra necessary throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The consortium these firms have fashioned is named the Trendy Computing Alliance, and its founding members additionally embrace Field, Cirtrix, Imprivata, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, VMWare, and Zoom.
The Trendy Computing Alliance will initially be centered on 4 areas: efficiency; safety and identification; distant work, productiveness, and collaboration; and well being care. The purpose is to pool data and assets towards fixing shared issues round how firms carry out work within the cloud and the instruments they use to take action. The alliance will concentrate on creating new requirements and interoperable applied sciences that can be utilized by any firm that depends on one of many companions’ platforms or merchandise. Particularly, Google is engaged within the effort with its Chrome browser and Chrome OS groups, in addition to the division chargeable for Google Office.
“Right now, we’re excited to announce Google’s membership within the Trendy Computing Alliance — to deal with the most important IT challenges dealing with firms right this moment with integration from silicon to cloud,” says John Solomon, Google’s vp of Chrome OS. “Working with a gaggle of forward-thinking trade leaders, we’re aligning requirements and applied sciences to offer firms with the selection of high-performance, cloud-first computing options from the seller of their selection who present fashionable options for the trendy period of enterprise.”
The Trendy Computing Alliance predates the coronavirus pandemic; Solomon tells The Verge discussions first started on the Client Electronics Present in Las Vegas final 12 months. However in March, as the fact of COVID-19 set in and corporations all over the place started transitioning to distant work, the group determined it wanted to develop its scope and herald much more companions, like Slack and Zoom, that have been witnessing huge shifts in how company work was being carried out.
“The wants that our customers predict and the best way that compute is altering actually require a brand new manner of working,” Solomon tells The Verge. “It’s not essentially the most pure factor to say, ‘Let’s type a consortium.’ However this isn’t an unusual time.”
Wanting forward, the group goals to herald as many IT professionals as it may well to assist construct a council of consultants that may determine issues and work out methods to unravel them. The group additionally intends to have some concrete motion plans to share within the first half of 2021.