Dell Technologies has launched a new Internet of Things division and has announced $US1 billion in research and development over 3 years. Dell’s IoT play will focus on edge computing.
Dell Technologies, which includes units such as Dell EMC, Pivotal, VMwarem and RSA, touches on many aspects of IoT. In addition, IoT end points and gateways are expected to become more powerful to reduce latency and bring more intelligence to the edge.
According to Dell, the need to boost intelligence at the edge and cut latency is creating a need for more innovative approaches. The other argument for an edge-friendly architecture is that shipping data to the cloud on a streaming basis can be expensive.
CEO Michael Dell said artificial intelligence and IoT will create one "interdependent ecosystem from the edge to the core to the cloud".
Matt Baker, senior vice president of strategy and planning at Dell EMC, said Dell Technologies’ approach as a collective of strategically aligned businesses will make the IoT unit a success. The company has also put in place cross-business deliverables and processes to form cohesive IoT stacks.
"Everyone has a business to run here, but there's a place to make big bets as a team," said Baker. "Michael Dell is passionate about this topic."
Baker noted that edge computing is a strong suit for Dell Technologies, which is also betting on an ecosystem approach.♦