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By Rich Handley

Dell Technologies, Microsoft Collaborate on IoT Solutions

Dell Technologies and Microsoft are collaborating to deliver a joint Internet of Things (IoT) solution designed to help vertical customers simplify deploying their end-to-end IoT solutions, from the edge to the cloud. The combination of Microsoft Azure IoT applications and services, VMware Pulse IoT Center and Dell Edge Gateways will provide customers with streamlined management, centralized monitoring and security from devices to the cloud, the companies report.

Businesses implementing IoT initiatives invest significant resources and manpower to research and integrate a multitude of hardware, software and cloud services across the fragmented IoT landscape. Such companies often use artificial intelligence (AI) and real-time decision making capability, while making sure to meet all deployment, asset-management, security and compliance requirements.

Dell Technologies and Microsoft say they will offer a secure solution that provides consistent infrastructure management. The joint solution provides an underlying Internet of Things infrastructure, management capabilities and security for customers looking to deploy the IoT for such scenarios as predictive maintenance and supply chain visibility. The solution will provide:

• Intelligence at the edge with Azure IoT Edge: This application extends cloud intelligence to edge devices so that those devices can act locally and leverage the cloud for global coordination and machine learning at scale.

• Management and monitoring of edge devices with VMware Pulse IoT Center: This provides more secure, enterprise-grade management and monitoring of diverse, certified edge devices, including gateways and connected IoT devices, bios and operating systems. This ecosystem will be built over time, involving deeper integration and certification to support customer requirements.

• High-performance, rugged Dell Edge Gateways: These IoT devices, built with powerful dual-core Intel Atom processors, connect a variety of wired and wireless devices and systems to aggregate and analyze inputs and send relevant data to the cloud.

VMware Pulse IoT Center will connect Dell Edge Gateways or other certified edge systems, as well as sensors and other devices, and the Azure IoT Edge platform. Initially, Pulse will help to deploy Azure IoT Edge to the requisite edge systems so that it can start collecting, analyzing and acting on data in real time.

While this joint solution is optimized for Dell Edge Gateways, the partners note, it can manage, monitor and secure a certified combination of gateways or edge systems with patches and updates on an ongoing basis, as well as monitor the health of these connected devices. Customers relying on Azure IoT Edge and VMware Pulse IoT Center for their IoT initiatives will be able to provision, provide and securely manage their Azure IoT Edge components. Customers and channel partners will be able to work with Dell and Microsoft to purchase the solution during the second half of 2018.

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