Intel Moves to Build Out IoT Partner Ecosystem

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Intel aims to jump-start an Internet of things partner ecosystem around what it describes as a third wave of computing.

While rolling out its own IoT platform, Intel this week also reiterated its commitments to Open Internet Consortium (OIC) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to make sure that IoT applications can interact with and be ported to other architectures.

Of course, running IoT applications at the level of scale Intel envisions requires additional advances in 5G networks, network functions virtualization (NFV) software and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies running on x86 processors that will increasingly provide built-in security technologies. Once those technologies are in place, Intel is forecasting that there will be a 50X increase in the amount of peak data that can be processed in the cloud.

For solution providers, the existence of the Intel IoT platforms should accelerate the development of IoT applications. Rather than have to pull together, test and then validate all these components on their own, Intel is now providing an end-to-end platform for building, deploying and securing those applications. Given that IoT is widely viewed as the next great trillion dollar opportunity for solution providers, the faster comprehensive IoT frameworks are in place, the sooner they can tap into those opportunities.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for more than 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.