Dell unveils new Dollars 1 bln IoT division

Dell Bets $1b On IoT, Opens New Division

Dell Technologies unveils Internet of Things strategy

Dell Technologies has announced it intends to go big on IoT (Internet of things), by committing $1 billion in R&D to the area over the next three years and opening a dedicated new division.

Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell Technologies, opened the company's IQT Day event in NY with a simple statement. The problem with most IoT devices now is that they need a common "language" to talk to and interact with one another and have the ability to process data in real-time.

Expanding on this premise, Dell EMC "Connected Cities" study addresses IoT as a core pillar of an instrumented, interconnected and intelligent foundation for a smart city and transformed citizen experiences.

The new unit will be led by Ray O'Farrell, chief technology officer at data-center software provider VMware, which is part of Dell, the company said Tuesday in a statement. This includes products like Dell Edge Gateways and solutions like VMware's Pulse IoT Control Center. To further support the distributed core, Dell EMC PowerEdge C-Series servers have been enhanced for batch training and machine learning. Also on analytics is Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) and Pivotal Container Service (PKS) for cloud-based analytics applications.

And lastly, Dell Boomi connects relevant data to enhance cloud-based analytics and deep learning.

New product development initiatives will include software created to enable to collection of data streams from IoT gateways in real time, a hyperconverged platform to simplify management of IoT applications and devices, and a security analytics offering for monitoring the edge of a network.

VMware Project Fire - Specialized hyper converged infrastructure that is part of the Pulse family of IoT solutions.

Disruptive technologies like processor accelerators will increase the velocity of analytics closer to the edge. New IoT services initiatives include IoT Vision Workshop to identify and prioritise high-value business use cases for IoT data and IoT Technology Advisory to develop the overall IoT architecture and roadmap for implementation.

Dell Technologies continues its commitment to openness and standardization in IoT by participation in efforts such as EdgeX Foundry, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium. Since launching in April 2017, EdgeX Foundry has grown to more than 60 member organizations.

Dell's venture investment arm, Dell Technologies Capital, will also work closely with the new division, and Dell officials vowed to introduce financing options that work with customers' new IoT revenue models. The IoT Solutions Division will combine internally developed technologies with offerings from the vast Dell Technologies ecosystem to deliver complete solutions for the customer.

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