VMware furthers IoT strategy with new edge computing solutions

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MWC VMware has unveiled an advancement of its IoT strategy focusing on new edge computing solutions for specific use cases including Asset Management and Smart Surveillance at Mobile World Congress 2018.

To be featured at the new edge computing solutions are VMware vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software, VMware vSphere and VMware Pulse IoT Center. For the formulations, VMware will collaborate with several partners including Axis Communications and Wipro Limited.

Targeting the surveillance industry, VMware and Axis Communications are partnering on an IoT solution that features Axis’ advanced surveillance capabilities including IP cameras and 4G/LTE routers which can be deployed for protection of employees and properties. With VMware Pulse IoT Center, customers can manage, monitor, and secure their Axis cameras and routers. In the initial phase, the solution will be available on select Dell EMC servers and include the option of Dell Edge Gateways.

VMware and Wipro are also working together to provide manufacturers a complete edge to cloud IoT solution for enhanced productivity and efficiency of machineries and other assets. The new solution will feature Wipro's IoT offerings and integrate many IoT platforms that are hosted on-premises or in the cloud.  

Ray O’Farrell, executive vice president & chief technology officer, VMware, said: “Building an edge computing solution today is a time-intensive exercise most enterprises can’t afford. 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,” O’Farrell added.

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AT&T furthers IoT professional services capabilities with Ericsson

AT&T is furthering its professional services capabilities for IoT with Ericsson to help companies adopt and expedite IoT related solutions.

Global Device Certification is offered by AT&T with Ericsson including testing, verification and white glove support with regulatory approval for IoT devices. The Ericsson-AT&T team up implies that AT&T customers can lower their risk and speed timelines for the global expansion of IoT in over 150 nations.

On the Ericsson-AT&T collaboration for global device certification, Jeff Travers, head of IoT, Ericsson, said, “Through our collaboration for global device certification, AT&T and Ericsson are building a global ecosystem for IoT, enabling enterprises to capitalize on the opportunities of the Internet of Things. With these services, enterprises can reduce the risk of launching devices and decrease their time to market as they expand globally.”

Launched in January 2017, AT&T’s IoT professional services portfolio has drawn attention from enterprises across all sectors. Consequently, AT&T is expanding its core capabilities to include consulting, application solutions, device lifecycle solutions, and managed services and support.

Mike Troiano, vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T, commented, “Companies want to connect things to extract value. We’re meeting that demand head-on by expanding our IoT professional services capabilities. Our services help businesses achieve scale and longevity in design, lower cost implementations, save time and resources, and innovate quicker.”

Smart water meter company, Badger Meter, which uses secure AT&T networks and AT&T Global SIM wireless connectivity, recently approached AT&T for its professional services to certify the water meter devices as it ventures into fresh markets. Both AT&T and Ericsson worked hand-in-hand to manage the global pre-launch process to bring down regulatory and technological complexities.

Meanwhile, AT&T is planning to offer mobile 5G with multi-gigabit speeds to customers of 12 US cities, including select parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of 2018.  Additional cities to avail this service will be announced by AT&T soon.

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