Dell reveals new IoT strategy, plans $1 billion investment

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Dell Technologies has revealed its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and $1 billion investment to boost revenue from the rapidly growing sector.

“We are leading the way for our customers with a new distributed computing architecture that brings IoT and artificial intelligence together in one, interdependent ecosystem from the edge to the core to the cloud,” said Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies.

Dell Technologies will be investing $1 billion in new IoT products, solutions, labs, partner program and ecosystem over the next three years.

Dell Technologies has floated a new IoT division led by VMware CTO Ray O’Farrell. The IoT division will combine internally developed technologies with offerings from Dell Technologies ecosystem to deliver complete IoT solutions for the customer.

“Our new IoT Division will leverage the strength across all of Dell Technologies family of businesses to ensure we deliver the right solution – in combination with our vast partner ecosystem – to meet customer needs and help them deploy integrated IoT systems with greater ease,” said Ray O’Farrell, VMware EVP & CTO, and general manager for Dell Technologies IoT division.

Existing IoT products

Dell Technologies provides Edge Gateways, which can be managed by VMware Pulse IoT Control Center.  Dell EMC PowerEdge C-Series servers have been enhanced for batch training and machine learning as a part of the distributed core.

Dell EMC Isilon and Elastic Cloud Storage provide file and object storage for data and enable analytics through HDFS.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) and Pivotal Container Service (PKS) provide platform for developing new cloud-based analytics applications.

Virtustream’s PCF Service provides a managed Pivotal Cloud Foundry Service simplifying deployment and operation of mission-critical cloud architected workloads in Virtustream Enterprise Cloud. Virtustream Storage Cloud is available for off-premises cloud object storage. Dell Boomi connects relevant data to enhance cloud-based analytics and deep learning.

New product development

Dell EMC Project Nautilus software enables the ingestion and querying of data streams from IoT gateways in real time. Data can be archived to file or object storage for deeper advanced analytics.

Project Fire hyper converged platform, a part of the VMware Pulse family of IoT solutions, includes management, local compute, storage and IoT applications such as real-time analytics. Project Fire enables businesses to roll-out IoT use cases faster and have consistent infrastructure software from edge to core to cloud.

RSA Project IRIS, which is currently under development in RSA Labs, extends the Security Analytics capability to provide threat visibility and monitoring right out to the edge.

Dell Technologies Capital also made investments in IoT start-ups including Edico Genome, FogHorn Systems, Graphcore, Moogsoft and Zingbox.

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