Dell Technologies unveils new IoT strategy
New IoT division and IoT specific products, labs, partner program and consumption models
Dell Technologies has unveiled its Internet of Things (IoT) vision and strategy, a new IoT division as well as new IoT specific products, labs, partner program and consumption models.
IOT has become a crucial topic in the region, observes Mohammed Amin, Dell EMC's senior vice president for Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META). "Dell Technologies' vision is to impact human progress and change peoples' lifestyles for the better. This is because people use technology to accomplish things they could not do without," Amin adds.
As an increasing number of customers look to digitally transform their businesses, a new model of computing is emerging. For the last 15 years the IT industry has seen the rise of cloud computing, a highly centralised model for delivering IT services. But in an age where every type of device, from phones to cars to light bulbs to thermostats to heart monitors are alive and intelligent, there is a requirement for distributed, real time, processing of information. These devices simply cannot wait.
Dell has created a new IoT division led by VMware CTO Ray O'Farrell, chartered with orchestrating the development of IoT products and services across the Dell Technologies family. The IoT Solutions Division will combine internally developed technologies with offerings from the vast Dell Technologies ecosystem to deliver complete solutions for the customer.
Over the next three years, Dell Technologies is investing $1B in new IoT products, solutions, labs, partner program and ecosystem. Dell earlier announced its R&D budget has reached 4.5B dollars annually. The new IoT research and development investment add to this already substantial R&D commitment, says Amin.
In addition, Dell looks to artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to work in concert with IoT infrastructure to deliver smarter, more predictive systems
This involves translating IoT into real-world applications and how to give IoT a real ‘soul', says Amin. An example is driverless cars, whose adoption strategy has already been set by the Dubai Government. Driverless cars will need to be connected to the city grid to move vehicles safely in the city. "Driverless cars will be a key IoT application and Dell will develop applications for connected vehicles," says Amin.
IoT as it exists now consists of disparate systems operating in silos. Dell can break down these silos due to its integrated solution platform, which spans from the edge to the core of the data centre, says Amin.
The IoT announcement showcases Dell Technologies' commitment to helping customers navigate the complex and fragmented IoT landscape by enabling machine learning to enrich innovative, practical solutions, the company says.