Dell establishes IoT division

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 11 October, 2017

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Dell has established a new division dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) and revealed plans to invest US$1 billion ($1.28 billion) in IoT R&D over the next three years.

The new IoT division will be led by VMware CTO Ray O’Farrell and tasked with orchestrating the development of IoT services and products combining the company’s own technologies with offerings from its partner ecosystem. Dell acquired VMware last year for US$67 billion ($86.1 billion).

The $1 billion investment will cover the development of new IoT products, research labs and partner programs.

New product development initiatives will include software designed to enable to collection of data streams from IoT gateways in real time, a hyperconverged platform to simplify management of IoT applications and devices, and a security analytics offering for monitoring the edge of a network.

As part of the initiative Dell has also opened a series of IoT labs, which will offer a range of advisory and consulting services aimed at helping customers design, model, architect and road-test IoT solutions.

“IoT is fundamentally changing how we live, how organisations operate and how the world works,” Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell said.

“Dell Technologies is leading the way for our customers with a new distributed computing architecture that brings IoT and artificial intelligence together in one interdependent ecosystem from the edge to the core to the cloud. The implications for our global society will be nothing short of profound.”

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