ESG's Tony Palmer discusses the results of ESG Lab's recent testing of Dell Technologies and Dell EMC platforms for Enterprise Assets and Internet of Things.
Welcome to another ESG Lab video summary. I'll be reviewing the results from our testing of Dell Technologies and Dell EMC platforms for enterprise assets and Internet of Things.
Our goal was to validate how Dell EMC's outcome driven solutions can drive digital transformation. In 2016, ESG found that operational efficiency, differentiated customer service, product and service innovation, and the creation of new business models were the most cited impacts that organizations anticipated as a result of implementing IoT. While no single company can deliver all the hardware and software needed to build a complete IoT technology stack, that drives a business outcome, it's still not desirable to source every component from a different vendor. Dell EMC has always offered a strong platform for core data centers, and has a defined portfolio to accommodate customers with a preference for build versus buy choices.
Organizations struggle with barriers to digital transformation as scaling, processing, analytics, data retention, and archiving, across the edge, core, and cloud, remain primary concerns. A complete solution must link the core and edge environments, not only via the physical networking and gateways, but also conceptually in the interplay between remote and central activities. ESG leveraged a pre-built IoT environment consisting of multiple geographic locations, each of which represents a key element of edge analytics for IoT. The edge data center was where frontline workers would complete near real time analytics. And two core data centers were used for deeper data exploration and historic data analysis, using Dell EMC Isilon and Hadoop, running Dell EMC analytic insights module, and Milestone, a video surveillance management platform.
Use cases and personas were created that leverage the complete environment, including how edge and core data centers could be used to complete different, though connected tasks. A collection of different endpoints was configured and connected to the edge gateway of each room at the edge. Each room contained both off-the-shelf and industrial internet connected devices. Including, IP cameras, power scouts, light dimmers, thermostats, pat lights, motors, and sockets.
Three use cases were tested, with a goal of highlighting the ability to receive and analyze data in real time, as an event occurs. And from that analysis, generate an alert to act upon. One use case focused on investigating an abandoned electronic device, in a crowded area and locating it. In this scenario, real time analysis is required to take appropriate action and determine if there's a threat to people or property, or if the item is simply lost and can be returned to its owner. When the event occurred, all Meta data from each of the IoT devices within the room was collected and sent to a centralized surveillance and security system, for evaluation.
Why do these results matter? Well, Dell EMC has a broad infrastructure portfolio that can enable creation of a scalable environment to build applications, to transform business in the networked economy. Dell Technologies and its partner ecosystem significantly extend the reach of Dell EMC from the core, to the operational edge, for a true hybrid multi cloud implementation. Cloud deployment, app development, and crowd sourced business models ease digital transformation, shortening the runway from traditional months or years, to just weeks or even days. If your organization is working toward rapidly turning new ideas into solutions and business results, or even inventing new business models through digital transformation and exploiting IoT, ESG Lab recommends taking a serious look at Dell EMC's outcome driven solutions.
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