VMware Extends IoT Strategy with New Edge Computing Solutions

VMware’s next chapter of its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy will focus on delivering new edge computing solutions for specific use cases including Asset Management and Smart Surveillance. These edge solutions will feature VMware vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software, VMware vSphere and VMware Pulse IoT Center, and will be developed in collaboration with partners including Axis Communications and Wipro, among others.

VMware sees unique requirements and environments at “the edge” and will address them through use case specific solutions spanning:

  • Industrial remote – IoT use cases such as oil well optimization, utility grids, and smart city use cases where the things reside in ruggedized, disparate, outdoor and often times, remote locations with inconsistent network and power.
  • Factory and plants – in support of closed networks, ruggedized indoor environments.
  • Branches and in-stores – in support of unique space and power requirements and coordinated across many stores.

IoT introduces a new wrinkle in today’s centralized data center/cloud model. A new class of cost-effective edge infrastructure would be required to process data inputs from millions or even billions of IoT endpoints that are separated from the core data center or the public cloud by bandwidth. This new infrastructure must be simple to manage as there are no IT specialists at the edge; cost-effective as the volume of edge installations is large; and, scalable to allow edge installations to grow over time.

By 2022, as a result of digital business projects, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralized data center or cloud, which is an increase from less than today’s 10%, according to Gartner. Local analytics would offer faster response times, reduced storage costs, and an optimum use of bandwidth while also supporting data privacy and compliance requirements.

“Building an edge computing solution today is a time-intensive exercise most enterprises can’t afford,” said Ray O’Farrell, executive vice president & chief technology officer, VMware. “Today, VMware unveils hyper-converged edge computing solutions that are cost-effective and will enable customers to build and scale secure, use case-specific IoT solutions that work for them from the edge all the way to the cloud, relying on proven, tested software they already use and trust. Together with ecosystem partners Axis, Wipro Limited and Dell EMC, we’re excited to deliver the first of many tailored solutions to meet the unique IoT needs of our enterprise customers.”

HCI Solutions for the Edge

HCI and VMware Pulse IoT Center would be ideally suited to process and secure sensor data that bridges the physical and digital worlds. VMware is working on providing more efficient and more secure IoT infrastructure that would be easy to manage, scale, and update so customers can accelerate IoT initiatives and realize ROI faster. Based on the hyper-converged solution, these edge solutions will feature real-time analytics in support of IoT initiatives where customers will have the choice of licensing third-party business analytics starter kits, in partnership with industry leaders, to help with content analytics and drive business decisions.

VMware offers a full ecosystem of server hardware for Edge infrastructure or gateway solutions depending on use case needs, environment, and desired rugged ability. These new solutions include VMware Pulse IoT Center for management, monitoring, and security of all edge systems/gateways and connected devices such as sensors and the appropriate management and security solution to support compute and storage infrastructure and applications across the edge.

Smart Surveillance Solution

VMware and Axis Communications are collaborating on an IoT solution for the surveillance industry. The solution will feature Axis Communications’ surveillance capabilities including IP cameras as well as 4G/LTE routers which can be deployed to protect properties, stores, and employees. With VMware Pulse IoT Center, customers will have a way to manage, monitor, and secure their Axis Communications cameras and routers.

Initially, the solution will be available on a choice of Dell EMC servers and include the option of Dell Edge Gateways. Additionally, VMware is working with financial services organizations to develop the modern bank of the future using surveillance to optimize security and the customer experience.

IoT Solution for Manufacturers and Asset Management Services

VMware and Wipro, a global information technology, consulting and business process services company, are working together to offer manufacturers a complete edge to cloud IoT solution.

Featuring Wipro’s IoT offerings, including its Looking Glass asset management platform and services capability, the solution will integrate multiple IoT platforms which are either hosted on-premises or in the cloud. By connecting their IoT environment to their data centers, customers would benefit from deeper analytics and machine learning. Wipro will also be one of the first systems integrators to provide installation and management services for VMware’s IoT Edge solutions.

Manufacturers can use Wipro’s IoT Platform and analytics capabilities for real-time data processing and for predictive failure analytics for devices and equipment on the manufacturing floor. VMware Pulse IoT Center helps manage, monitor, and secure assets and data in facilities as well as the edge infrastructure. By combining Wipro’s complete IoT Platform and analytics capabilities with VMware’s Pulse IoT Center, customers would get access to “a complete and seamless solution.”

Furlow consulting