Monday, 23 October, 2017

Dell reveals $1 billion IoT investment plan

Dell outlines IoT strategy, plans to spend $1 billion on R&D over three years Dell Bets $1b On IoT, Opens New Division
Conrad Doyle | 12 October, 2017, 21:44

Core to Dell's vision is a distributed computing architecture that will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and conduct real-time processing of information rather than sending data to a centralized cloud infrastructure that can add latency.

Within the plan, the company says it will create a new IoT division as well as new IoT specific products, labs, partner programmes and consumption models.

It is hoped the new IoT division will better enable the integration of associated products and services across Dell. The increase in digital transformation spending anticipated over the next few years is presenting Dell with more opportunities to make money from the cloud. "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".

Dell Technologies consists of units such as Dell EMC, Pivotal, VMwarem and RSA, which all touch on several aspects of IoT. Plus Dell EMC servers (specifically, the PowerEdge C-Series) are already using machine learning as part of the distributed core. IoT technology will produce a massive amount of data that needs to be stored and analyzed, for this goal Dell EMC will use Isilon and Elastic Cloud Storage for both file and object storage as well as analytics through HDFS. Dell Technologies will also offer IoT blueprints for implementations.

Dell Technologies will highlight these technologies and IoT practices at its IoT Labs, which will have workshops and advisory services. There is also Project Fire, a hyper converged platform that will simplify management, compute and storage for IoT applications, and Project Iris, an RSA service which aims to provide effective security for IoT end points. With customers demanding edge-based architectures, with data processed closer to the source, Dell's following suit and moving towards a modernised architecture.

Implementation of "Worldwide Herd", consulting services for performinganalytics on geographically dispersed data - increasingly important to enable deep learning ondatasets that can not be moved for reasons of size, privacy and regulatory concern. Since launching in April 2017, EdgeX Foundry has grown to more than 60 member organizations.

On the venture capital side, Dell Technologies Capital will invest in startups breaking new IoT ground. Dell Technologies is setting itself to be that provider.

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