Intel Capital: Private Equity in the IaaS sector

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BY : Diego GutiérrezFebruary Mon, 2020

The risk in Private Equity is high and, therefore, the number of them that are finally carried out is not too high.

Infrastructure as a service, IaaSis a form of cloud computing that provides virtualised computing resources over the internet.

However, according to a study by Baker Tilly, IaaS is one of the sectors where most of them are carried out.


In an IaaS model, a cloud provider hosts the infrastructure components traditionally present in an on-premises data centre, including servers, storage and network hardware.

The IaaS provider also provides a range of services to accompany these infrastructure components.

Well-known examples of this market include Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.


Increasingly successful, such platforms have a number of benefits:

  • Eliminates capital expenditure and reduces ongoing cost.
  • Improves business continuity and recovery from potential "disasters" or "mishaps".
  • Innovate quickly.
  • Rapid response to commercial changes in business.
  • Concentration on core business.
  • Increased stability, reliability and compatibility.


The IaaS sector receives large amounts of money, typically in excess of €100M, in investments in companies with high growth potential.

They do so in exchange for control of a percentage of the company or its shares, although they typically buy 100% of a company.

One of the most active players in private equity is the division Intel Capital.

Below, we will detail some of its most relevant aspects.


Founded in 1991, Intel Capital, a strategic investment, the Corporate Venture capital from Intel Corporation.

It supports innovative technology companies and, in addition to investing in technology start-ups, it also invests in companies offering software, hardware, mobility and digital media, among others.


Since its inception, Intel Capital has invested $12.4 billion in 1,544 companies around the world.

In addition, 670 portfolio companies have been taken public or acquired.



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