Dell plans to invest $1B in IoT research

October 16, 2017 //By Rich Pell
Dell Technologies (Round Rock, TX) has unveiled a new IoT strategy and announced plans to invest $1 billion in IoT R&D over the next three years.

Announced at Dell's IQT event in New York, the company's plans include a new IoT division, as well as new IoT-specific products, labs, partner program, and consumption models. The basis of the IoT strategy is a new "Distributed Core" computing model - moving away from a centralized cloud infrastructure - which focuses on real time processing of information.

"IoT is fundamentally changing how we live, how organizations operate and how the world works" says Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell. "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."

The company's new IoT Division – to be led by VMware CTO Ray O'Farrell - is chartered with orchestrating the development of IoT products and services across the Dell Technologies family of businesses. These comprise three core businesses – Dell Client Solutions Group, Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group (which includes RSA and Virtustream), and Dell EMC Services – as well as aligned businesses Pivotal, SecureWorks, and VMware.

"Dell Technologies has long seen the opportunity within the rapidly growing world of IoT, given its rich history in the edge computing market" says O'Farrell. "Our new IoT Division will leverage the strength across all of Dell Technologies family of businesses to ensure we deliver the right solution – in combination with our vast partner ecosystem – to meet customer needs and help them deploy integrated IoT systems with greater ease."