Microsoft, VMware and Dell are joining forces to offer a mutually designed IoT (internet of things) solution, that can accelerate the adoption of IoT services.
The aim of the new IoT solution is to centralize the monitoring and security from devices to cloud, and streamline the management of connected devices. It will be specifically useful for the customers who deploy IoT for a number of circumstances such as supply chain visibility, and predictive maintenance.
Microsoft Azure IoT Edge solution focuses on bringing cloud intelligence to the edge, allowing devices to leverage the cloud and machine learning at scale.
“When businesses deploy secure intelligent edge to cloud solutions, they can take full advantage of the digital transformation opportunities IoT represents. By delivering this integrated edge to cloud solution, Microsoft and Dell technologies are making it easier for customers to empower their employees, optimize operations and reimagine their products, services or even business models,” said Ruston Panabaker, vice president IoT Solutions, Microsoft.
VMware Pulse IoT Center offers enterprise-grade management and monitoring for edge devices, and is a more secure solution.
“Teaming up with Microsoft on IoT and edge is a natural fit based on the complementary technologies we offer today. Microsoft and Dell technologies can help customers securely and more easily navigate their journey to IoT and edge with integrated and secure solutions that will help them to improve their businesses and deliver a better customer experience,” said Mimi Spier, vice president for IoT Business, VMware.
Dell Edge Gateways is built with dual-core Intel Atom processors. It offers high-performance for connecting wired and wireless devices to analyze inputs and send data to cloud.
“When we unveiled the Dell Technologies IoT division last fall, we committed to leaning on the Dell Technologies family of businesses to engineer the right solutions to meet customer needs in conjunction with our partner ecosystem. This collaboration will enable customers to implement IoT more seamlessly, for better and faster ROI,” said Chris Wolff, head of OEM and IOT GTM, Dell EMC.
The VMware Pulse IoT Center will work as a glue to bind the hardware, connected sensors and devices of Dell Gateway, with Microsoft Azure IoT Edge. It will enable intelligence so that these devices can act locally and easily coordinate with each other.
Although the joint solution is optimized for Dell Edge Gateway, the companies said, it can also be used to manage, monitor and secure certified combination of edge and gateways from other providers as well.
The new IoT solution is expected to be available in the second half of 2018.