Dell, Intel Open Doors to New IoT Solutions Lab

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-11-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Dell, Intel Open Doors to New IoT Solutions Lab

    by Chris Preimesberger
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    2 - Where to Go to Get Dell's Take on Using the IoT
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    Where to Go to Get Dell's Take on Using the IoT

    The new Solution Center in Santa Clara, Calif., which Dell officially opened Nov. 18, offers its own data center to allow IT administrators and developers to test and refine new applications, as well as hardware. The data center also highlights the best ways to create a more efficient space, with the latest in power-saving and cooling technologies. In keeping with current trends, the Dell center is focused on areas such as cloud computing, big data analytics, data security and storage, networking and the data center, and issues related to end-user devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies.
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    Dell's IoT Capability List

    Founder and CEO Michael Dell said at the company's recent Dell World conference that end-user devices will be the hub of the company's IoT strategy but that software, data center hardware, networking equipment, cloud services, systems management and big data solutions take up the rest of the IoT-oriented products the company will market. The chart here shows the high level of Dell's strategy.
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    IT Science Use Case No. 1: Smart Buildings

    Three IoT use cases were shown to guests at the grand opening of the IoT Solution Center. This one involves a model of a building that is smart enough to know when a fire or other problem has begun, alerts everybody in the building with alarms, opens doors and elevators automatically until everybody is moved to safety, and monitors everything in one management system. The system works across dozens of separate systems to enable effective management. Smart sensors from Intel are used throughout the structure.
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    IT Science Use Case No. 2: Smart Sensors

    These small (average about 2 inches in length) sensors are more like tiny automated PCs. These examples, built onto Texas Instrument boards, contain 8GB RAM, 802.11x WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, and single-core (double-core is in the works) Intel processors. In the Internet of things, this type of smart sensor—or others that are very similar—will be gathering data in all parts of the world.
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    IT Science Use Case No. 3: Augmented Reality

    A guest at the grand opening of the Dell-Intel solution center tries on a smart glasses accessory that beams a video of what he sees up (left in the inset) to the cloud, where it can be monitored by a manager (at the upper right in the inset). If a worker on an automobile assembly line, for example, is having a problem, what he views can be also be seen by someone with more expertise; so information can go directly to the line worker in real time. Messages also can be sent to workers with this unit.
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    Why There's Growing Interest in the IoT

    The IoT promises many new efficiencies, reduces risk and improves customer experiences. The new center offers its own data center to allow IT administrators and developers to test and refine new applications, as well as hardware. The data center also highlights the best ways to create a more efficient space, with the latest in power-saving and cooling technologies.
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    Dell Partners With Key IoT Alliances

    The company has its own solution alliance composed of about 80 companies—mostly its trusted longtime partners from years gone by—as well as memberships in the international Open Interconnect Consortium and the Industrial Internet Consortium. Being plugged into as many organizations as possible often enables great benefits to customer solutions.
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    It's All About Growing Businesses

    In keeping with current trends, the Dell center is focused on areas such as cloud computing, big data analytics, data security and storage, networking and the data center, and issues related to end-user devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. The idea is for Dell solutions engineers to offer advice and best practices for how to implement a new piece of technology, such as virtual desktop infrastructure, or help IT managers determine how they can get the best ROI with certain products.
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    Michael Dell Himself Stays Directly Involved

    The three-building campus in Santa Clara, Calif., is located on a site once occupied by Palm Computing. Back in October 2011, Michael Dell spoke at the grand opening of the company's new business center that now contains the IoT Solution Center. Guests included California Gov. Jerry Brown and Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. Within a year, the new research center housed about 700 Dell employees and workers of recently acquired companies, including Scalent, Ocarina, Everdream and Zing.
 

Dell, completing its first year as a newly private company, has taken a new step in its strategy to compete full-tilt against the biggest players in the full-service IT hardware, software and service-provider market. Now the PC, server and storage maker is competing in the hottest new sector, the Internet of things (IoT) market. Dell's latest news took place Nov. 18 when it opened its 15th and latest solution center, this time in its three-year-old executive business compound in Santa Clara, Calif. The Dell IoT Solution Center, operated in conjunction with technology partner Intel, will serve as a working laboratory to offer current and potential customers a way to test and evaluate innovative IT ideas, software and equipment. The new solution center has its own data center—which showcases the latest in cost- and power-efficient technology. This slide show explains how the new IoT Solution Center works and the types of projects it expects to handle. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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