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By Rich Handley

VMware Announces New Features for Its Pulse IoT Center

VMware has announced the general availability of its Pulse IoT Center on-premise system. As organizations seek to accelerate their digital transformation journey at the edge, the number of connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases is growing exponentially, the firm reports, and IoT management can be complex and difficult to execute at scale.

VMware's new offering features automated device lifecycle management, extends IT security standards to IoT environments and enables customers to manage any app on any device at the edge. These capabilities are intended to enable companies to operate at enterprise-scale.

The solution provides customers with the choice of implementing Pulse IoT Center with a software as-a-service (SaaS) model or deploying it within an enterprise data center. With on-premise deployments, customers can integrate Pulse IoT Center with their existing IT services, standards, processes, and data-protection and governance mechanisms. The on-premise version delivers the same capabilities provided in the SaaS version, according to VMware. With the latest release, the firm is introducing additional capabilities focused on enhancing security, accelerating the device on-boarding process and extending container management to edge environments.

Features include secure device registration to reduce the complexity, cost and time for onboarding new devices at scale; support for the Intel Trusted Platform Module, enabling hardware-based root of trust on selected gateways, while lowering the risk of compromise; and the Pulse IoT Center Mobile App (iOS and Android), which allows technicians to scan a QR code and whitelist a gateway during the registration process. It also features capabilities for the distribution, monitoring and management of containers at the edge, to help customers move workloads like data processing and analytics to the edge, as well as ecosystem collaboration for added functionality, such as automatic discovery and the onboarding of connected IoT devices.

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