Nov 2, 2020

Industrial IoT connections to total almost 37bn in 2025

William Smith
2 min
A new report from Juniper Research has detailed explosive growth in the industrial IoT market, helping to fulfill the promise of smart factories
A new report from Juniper Research has detailed explosive growth in the industrial IoT market, helping to fulfill the promise of smart factories...

A new report from Juniper Research has detailed explosive growth in the industrial IoT market, helping to fulfill the promise of smart factories.

While the internet of things may be increasingly commonplace in a consumer home setting, from smart speakers to connected heating and security systems, it is in an industrial setting that the technology is having the greatest impact.

The report found that there are currently 17.7 billion industrial IoT connections, with the overall growth rate over the next five years predicted to be over 200%, taking the number of connections to almost 37 billion. The largest sector is set to be smart manufacturing, making up 22 billion of the connections forecast for 2025.

The growth is being driven by the emergence of 5G and Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, which are making complex IoT communications more accessible and feasible to industry. Lower latencies and higher speeds enable the real-time transmission of data to allow machines to work autonomously together.

A factory location represents an ideal use case for 5G, with a local, private network overcoming the challenges the technology faces in terms of shorter range caused by higher frequencies.

It’s not all plain sailing, however, with the report’s author Scarlett Woodford saying: “Manufacturers must exercise caution when implementing IoT technology; resisting the temptation to introduce connectivity to all aspects of operations. Instead, manufacturers must focus on the collection of data on the most valuable areas to drive efficiency gains.”

The importance of data collection led to another of the report’s findings: that 80% of Industrial IoT’s market value will come from software spend by 2025, totalling $216bn. Solutions include machine learning-powered data analysis and software to identify network vulnerabilities. The latter is increasingly important in a world where cybersecurity measures are not quite keeping step with advances in IoT. 

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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