Dell is the latest vendor to join the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon with the formation of a division focused on delivering IoT hardware, software and services.
The first fruit of this is an IoT Gateway device, while the firm announced a partnership with ThingWorx that sees it joining the firm's system integrator programme.
Dell said that putting together solutions to meet the challenges of IoT calls for a different set of requirements than with traditional IT systems.
To bridge this divide, Dell is partnering with leading specialists to develop solutions for IoT that will be seamlessly manageable in an IT environment, and turn itself into a trusted provider of these platforms.
"Current IoT solutions offer lengthy implementations, overly ambitious scoping and complex proprietary designs that raise risks and costs," said Andy Rhodes, Dell's executive director for IoT solutions.
"We are helping customers build out their solutions pragmatically with a broad portfolio of IoT-enabling offerings, including security, manageability, services, analytics, infrastructure and endpoints."
Dell will offer an end-to-end portfolio tailored for specific industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and banking, with services covering consulting, solution design, application development, implementation and managed services.
The firm's first product in this area is an IoT Gateway (pictured), designed to sit at the edge of a network and collect and process sensor data. This fits in with Intel's vision for IoT solutions, which also sees gateway devices as the local point of control for sensors and other hardware.
The Dell IoT Gateway appears, in fact, to be based on the same hardware as the Wyse 3290 thin client terminal from Dell's Wyse subsidiary. This features a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N2807 dual-core processor with 4GB memory and 16GB Flash storage, plus Ethernet and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi connectivity.
Dell also said it has joined the ThingWorx IoT Ecosystem as a global system integrator partner, as part of which Dell will offer professional services dedicated to IoT.
ThingWorx offers a proven IoT platform, claimed to be one of the most comprehensive IoT solution stacks in the industry, aimed at customers seeking to develop solutions for smart connected products.
As part of the arrangement, Dell's IoT Gateway will participate in the ThingWorx Ready programme, which is designed to validate interoperability between complementary products and the ThingWorx platform.
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