Microsoft, Dell team on IoT edge-to-cloud solution

May 03, 2018 //By Rich Pell
Microsoft, Dell team on IoT edge-to-cloud solution
Microsoft (Redmond, WA) and Dell Technologies (Round Rock, TX) have partnered to build a secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud solution designed to deliver consistent infrastructure management from the edge to the cloud.

The joint Internet of Things (IoT) solution is designed to help vertical customers simplify deploying their end-to-end IoT solutions. Comprising Microsoft Azure IoT applications and services, VMware Pulse IoT Center , and Dell Edge Gateways , the solution, say the companies, will offer customers streamlined management, centralized monitoring, and security from devices to the cloud.

"When businesses deploy secure intelligent edge to cloud solutions, they can take full advantage of the digital transformation opportunities IoT represents," says Ruston Panabaker, vice president IoT Solutions, Microsoft. "By delivering this integrated edge to cloud solution, Microsoft and Dell technologies are making it easier for customers to empower their employees, optimize operations, and reimagine their products, services or even business models."

The joint solution offers an underlying IoT infrastructure, management capabilities, and security for customers looking to deploy IoT for scenarios like predictive maintenance, supply chain visibility, and other use cases. The solution will feature the following:

  • Microsoft Azure IoT Edge extends cloud intelligence to edge devices so that devices can act locally and leverage the cloud for global coordination and machine learning at scale
  • VMware Pulse IoT Center 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.
  • Dell Edge Gateway IoT devices with 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 serve as the management "glue" between the hardware, connected sensors and devices. and the Microsoft Azure IoT Edge. Initially, Pulse will help to deploy the Microsoft Azure IoT Edge to the requisite edge systems so that it can start collecting, analyzing, and acting on data in real-time.

While the joint solution is optimized for Dell Edge Gateways, say the companies,

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