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VMware climbs into the IoT ecosystem

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VMware announced key strategic alliances in the Internet of Things (IoT) space to help bridge the gap between IT and operational technology (OT) worlds.
The company has formed alliances with Bayshore Networks, Dell, Intwine Connect, Deloitte Digital, PTC and V5 Systems.
According to IDC’s “Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide”, IoT spending will grow to nearly $1,3-trillion by 2019.
While businesses look to integrate IoT into their organisations and offerings, significant changes must be made for IoT to reach enterprise grade and scale. In its current state, the operations side of the business primarily drives IoT. As the shift turns from pilot projects to enterprise production, IT involvement is necessary for efficient management and security.
VMware plans to help address these concerns and allow IT to provide businesses with the proper infrastructure necessary to keep businesses from being disrupted while also enabling OT to streamline its management and operations of IoT to scale across these newly-connected objects.
“IoT is said to be the largest addressable market since the advent of the Internet and the true potential of IoT has yet to be realised in the enterprise,” says said Bask Iyer, chief information officer and GM: IoT at VMware. “As a company that has been delivering technology innovations to enterprises for nearly 20 years, we will leverage our core strengths around device management, operational analytics and security to help bring specific IoT offerings to customers.
“Our work with these companies will be important in helping businesses meet their strategic needs for IoT applications, analytics, hardware and services, ultimately extending their reach from the data centre and cloud to the edge,” Iyer adds.
“Together Dell and VMware offer mutual customers and partners choice and flexibility in speeding up Internet of Things deployments,” says Andy Rhodes, executive director, commercial IoT solutions at Dell. “VMware is helping us pave a way for IoT innovation across industries and we look forward to the continued collaboration.”
Andy Daecher, principal at Deloitte Consulting and chief IOT executive at Deloitte Digital, adds: “Deloitte Digital’s IoT practice helps organisations develop value-driven business strategies and implement systems that harness the power of the IoT.
“By collaborating with VMware we can offer customers a comprehensive solution around management and infrastructure that allows our clients to boost productivity and gain competitive advantage,” Daecher adds.
“The PTC ThingWorx IoT platform enables customers to develop and deliver powerful enterprise IoT applications and solutions that offer transformative business power, so it’s only natural that PTC would collaborate with the one of the leaders in enterprise technology,” says Rob Gremley, president: technology platform group at PTC. “Our technology combined with VMware will enable our customers to quickly bring to market enterprise-ready IoT solutions.”
In June, VMware announced Liota (Little IoT Agent), a vendor-neutral open source software development kit (SDK) for building secure IoT gateway data and control orchestration applications. VMware plans to continue to develop IoT-related alliances to help customers address complex IoT use cases across healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, government, CPG and more.