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Dell IQT Part 2

*Disclaimer* Whilst I am a Dell EMC employee this is my own take around the announcement and technologies whilst utilizing resources available to me as an employee, this posting has not been reviewed nor requested by my employers and whilst I plan to give as factual information as possible nothing mentioned below can be deemed fully verified.

 

As I promised during my first posting about the Dell IQT announcements I am planning to cover my own perspectives around the announcements and try share information about it as I learn it myself. For this second part I am planning to cover why you would choose Dell Technologies as your IoT solutions provider/partner.

Unlock the potential of the unconnected by bridging IT and OT

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The value of IoT is at the intersection of IT (information technology) and OT (operational Technology). Most of the net new data coming from the 50 billion connected devices that analysts are predicting will be in operational environments and IT will need to work with OT to securely access this data and integrate it with existing IT data and systems to create value.

  • Working together, IT and OT organizations must join forces, using the strengths each has to offer.
  • IT must securely add computation, storage and secure connectivity closer to OT equipment and devices, including ruggedized equipment for harsher environments
  • OT must find ways to gather, analyze and move this data to where it delivers the highest business value whether that be the device, the fog or the cloud.

 

Dell has been unlocking human potential for over 30 years with their computing technologies – Their mission in IoT is to unlock potential of the unconnected by bridging IT and OT.

The idea that IT and OT will need to converge for IoT to be successful is pretty prevalent in the industry today but most companies will stop there.  Dell has 30+ years of IT heritage and they have been focused on the tenant of security and manageability, but Dell has also been customising their technologies for OT environments for companies like Honeywell, Emerson, and Johnson Controls through their OEM business for over 15 years. Finally their best-in-breed partner program delivers vertical specific OT expertise.

Dell is also 100% focused on Industrial/Commercial IoT where they believe the real progress is being made.

The challenges and risks can seem overwhelming

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Security & data governance: Exponential increase in connected devices introduces an exponential increase in security risk. This still continues to be the #1 concern for IoT deployments – that is why you want to work with a company with years of experience securing critical data on remote client devices back to the data center. 90% of all IT networks will have an IoT-based security breach

IT and OT partnership: Lack of CIO and business stakeholder alignment derails strategy development and implementation.2/3 of all IoT projects are managed outside of IT.

Data volume & analytics complexity: The volume and complexity of data generated by sensors and devices overload traditional infrastructure, and data management and analysis tools.Worldwide data will reach 44 zettabytes by 2020 growing from 4.4ZB in 2013 (EMC & IDC)

Lack of data protocol standards: Lack of protocol standards complicates cross-domain data sharing. The true benefit of the IoT is realised through the integration of the core elements. New devices, applications, networks interacting with fragmented and immature technologies and vendors, each using proprietary, non-standard technologies, make the required interoperability between the systems and applications a complicated problem to solve.  Organisations considering IoT projects are relying on vendors with proven experience engineering and integrating fragmented vendor and technology ecosystems to lead the way.

Diversity of niche providers & solutions: The diversity of start-up, niche providers with immature solutions adds complexity and risk in deploying an end-to-end solution.

Confusion on use cases, ROI: Hype obscures real opportunities, causing confusion about use cases, outcomes and ROI, what are they trying to measure and what problem data do they need to collect and how to move forward.

 

loT Practical Approach

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With the industry’s broadest IoT infrastructure portfolio together with Dell Technologies ecosystem of curated technology and services partners, they cut through the complexity and enable you to access everything you need to deploy an optimised IoT solution, and by working with these partners they provide proven use-case specific solution blueprints for a faster ROI.

 

Comprehensive standards-based portfolio:

– Provides choice and flexibility

– Speeds deployment through global scale, support and financing

Dell Technologies have successfully developed award-winning edge computing solutions to help customers securely access and analyse data in operational environments, complementing their trusted data center computing solutions. Now with the added assets from the EMC Federation, they are solidifying Dell’s IoT market leadership by providing choice and flexibility and helping you speed up your IoT deployments with a comprehensive infrastructure portfolio from the edge through the fog to the cloud.

 

Curated partner program:

– Reduces risk and complexity

– Delivers vertical expertise

– Provides implementation and support

Dell Technologies ecosystem of curated partners in their best-in-breed partner program, cuts through the complexity and enables you to access everything you need to deploy an optimised IoT solution. Their hardware and software technology partners and systems integration partners deliver the vertical expertise on top of the trusted Dell infrastructure offering.

 

Proven use-case specific solution blueprints:

– Accelerates ROI

– Optimizes implementation

A + B = C here! By leveraging their comprehensive portfolio and working with these partners they provide proven use-case specific solution blueprints for a faster ROI. Because Dell Technologies do the work to curate the best partners for your use case and validate the solution they can offer a reference architecture to work from which optimises your implementation.

 

Get to market faster with Dell’s curated partners

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Dell’s IoT Partner program cuts through the noise, providing a curated best-of-breed partner ecosystem with deep vertical knowledge

Dell Technologies have invested time and money to find these partners on your behalf.

Using Dell’s infrastructure foundation along with Dell’s partners speeds deployment by reducing risk and complexity – the Dell partner program allows enterprises to choose from the proven IoT solutions that match their needs

Dell’s best-of-breed partners include system integrators, hardware, software (including platforms), security, network and big data analytics – everything you could need to deploy an IoT solution

Case Studies

If you want to read some of Dell Technologies case studies then I would recommend the following:

For my next posting I am hoping to cover off Dell Boomi as I promised I would in my first posting. If you want to learn more about Dell IoT and IQT then have a look here.

Gregg

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Dell IQT

*Disclaimer* Whilst I am a Dell EMC employee this is my own take around the announcement and technologies, this posting has not been reviewed nor requested by my employers and whilst I plan to give as factual information as possible nothing mentioned below can be deemed fully verified.

 

On Wednesday this week Dell technologies announced their new IoT Strategy, Division and Solutions to Accelerate Customer Adoption. There were a number of announcements from the event and for me this is super exciting as I have always had a very keen interest in the whole AI and IoT eco-system and what it enables and to be part of a company that is investing and looking to do so much within the arena truly excites me and so I wanted to give my own take of the announcements and possibly as more bits come out I might do a series of postings around the various solutions. Also if I am lucky enough to play with some of the new technologies being announced then I might even try do some NDA permitting pieces in a series about those as well.

Being someone who works with customers every day as part of my job to help them digitally transform and move more towards cloud computing and a centralized model of  delivering IT services I have seen amazing success stories and benefits from this but now with the age of not just smart phones but smart cars, smart watches,heart monitors and a plethora of smart sensors there has become a requirement for a distributed core that allows focused real-time processing of information as these devices require instant responses rather than having to wait for a response from a centralised cloud infrastructure (if companies are even at this fairly advanced stage) that may be seconds away.

Michael Dell,  chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies linked to this change where he stated : “IoT is fundamentally changing how we live, how organisations operate and how the world works.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.” Due to this requirement from customers Dell Technologies announced the new Dell Technologies IoT Division which will be led by someone very well-known in the virtualisation arena VMware Executive Vice President and CTO Ray O’Farrell, and is chartered with orchestrating the development of IoT products and services across the Dell Technologies family. Ray set out that Dell Technologies is investing $1B in new IoT products, solutions, labs, partner program and ecosystem.

You may or may not be aware but Dell already provides Edge Gateways which are made to function at the extremes from being able to offer an operating temperature range of -30°C to 70°C and in a hardened enclosure that protects from dust, oil and weather elements, while the chassis intrusion switch sends an alert in case of unauthorized access to name two non technical features. These gateways can be managed by VMware Pulse IoT Control Centers. Lets have a deeper look at VMware Pulse IoT Control Centers:

 

VMware Pulse IoT Control Centers

VMware define the offering as : “ a secure, enterprise grade, end to end IoT infrastructure management solution which allows OT and IT to have complete control over their IoT use cases, from the edge all the way to the cloud. It helps companies to onboard, manage, monitor and secure all “things” and infrastructure for IoT.”  Additional information around VMware Pulse seems to be very limited at the moment even for VMware partners but from what is covered in the datasheet it uses a Liota open source SDK to allow enterprises to create edge system data orchestration applications, the ability to integrate with NSX for network segment mapping (I wonder if this is using NSX-T or NSX-Cloud) and console integration with VMware Identity Manager for SSO.

Project Nautilus

The next announcement was the announcement of Dell EMC’s unified data stack for IoT called Project Nautilus which provides an extensible collection of elastic storage micro-services

 

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Manuvir Das, SVP and GM of Unstructured Storage Division at Dell EMC gave a brilliant demo of the offering at the IQT announcement showing how Project Nautilus ingests millions of streams of data in real-time and analyzes the data in these streams in real-time as well.

Boomi

Another offering covered during the announcement that has been out for a bit is Dell Boomi, Dell Technologies enterprise integration platform as a service  offering. I have only started learning about Boomi so I plan to write a separate posting about the offering and link to it here but there is a brilliant demo already available around the offering here

Other announcements

At the event, Dell Technologies also revealed new IoT services initiatives which include:

  • IoT Vision Workshop – Identifies and prioritises high-value business use cases for IoT data – essentially how and where to deploy IoT analytics that drive business.
  • IoT Technology Advisory – Develops the overall IoT architecture and road-map for implementation.In addition, with the core focus on technology and services, Dell Technologies’ strategy is to grow the IoT footprint via a strong partner program and ecosystem.Dell’s award-winning IoT Solutions Partner Program is a carefully curated, multi-tiered program consisting of 90+ partners from enterprises like Microsoft Intel and SAP to start-ups like Evolve, FogHorn and Zingbox, who  also presented at the event.
  • Investments in IoT Future through Dell Technologies Capital
    Dell Technologies Capital, the venture arm of Dell Technologies, is partnering closely with the IoT division, providing industry insight and relationships to support its strategic agenda. Through its investments in promising startups and founders, Dell Technologies Capital provides a valuable link to the external innovation ecosystem, effectively accelerating the development and deployment of new IoT, AI and ML technologies and solutions.

As I stated at the beginning I am hoping to be able to write a series of postings around these offerings as I learn more about them. I’m personally really excited about the offerings and the investments being made and hopefully I can learn them and also share the knowledge around them on this blog.

Gregg