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IBM extends IoT platform with ARM

Posted: 07 Sep 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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IBM has announced that it has added ARM's mbed in order to expand its Internet of Things platform. "IBM is mbed with ARM" means that ARM's IoT cloud interface for microcontrollers, called mbed, now dovetails with IBM's IoT Foundation.

It's all made possible by virtue of IBM already purchasing and installing ARM servers to run among its Power servers in IBM's Bluemix cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaS). Together ARM and Power servers will provide device management, run analytics in real-time so archives are not just raw data, and guarantee security with sophisticated deep risk management for any number of IoT devices.

In other words, IBM's IoT for Electronics services for mobile, automotive, medical, smart TVs, appliances or anything electronic, now services devices using ARM MCUs by dovetailing seamlessly in turnkey fashion, with IBM's Bluemix cloud PaS.

ARM Starter Kit

The ARM Starter Kit, Ethernet Edition, was announced earlier this year and directly connects to the IBM IoT Foundation that streams data to the Bluemix cloud where analytics cue on data, summarise and archive it. (Source: ARM)

"IBM has put together all our IoT platform offerings, called our IoT Foundation, with ARM's mbed MCUs to provide four turnkey services today and more tomorrow," said Bret Greenstein, IBM's VP of the Internet of Things. "In addition to our already existing 'Connect IoT' service packages capable of managing millions of electronic devices, we have added: information management solutions that organise, summarise and archive huge volumes of data; analytic solutions that run in real-time to take immediate actions when thresholds are passed, such as notifying users of the possible need for preventive maintenance; and unstructured data management, including speech-to-text, text-to-speech and other specialised needs."

Bret Greenstein

Bret Greenstein

IBM's analytics unit reported $17 billion revenue last year, but this foray into turnkey IoT Foundation services for anything ARM could kick-up revenues into high-gear according to Greenstein.

"IoT could drive up to 20 per cent [$3.4 billion] more analytics income for IBM," said Vernon Turner, SVP of enterprise systems and IDC Fellow for Internet of Things. "I also think that IoT is not about how much big data it generates, but rather how many times small data gets processed. To that end having a solid analytics engine is bound to help capture more income."

Greenstein also thinks that IoT providers will be more inclined to use IBM's professional cloud services, rather than start to scratch with their own or using a cloud service without IoT specialisation.

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