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GE cloud could make sense of massive IoT data storm

Sharon Gaudin | Aug. 6, 2015
GE's specialized cloud offering may boost industrial IoT efforts, analysts say.

Such systems, according to Moorhead, could cost a company tens of millions of dollars.

Specialized cloud silos?

Now that GE is offering a cloud platform specifically for industrial IoT setups, does that mean the cloud market will begin to splinter into specialized silos? One for IoT, one for healthcare, one for high-security needs?

Not necessarily, said Rick Villars, an analyst with IDC.

The major cloud vendors -- AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft may not have launched specialized cloud services. However, some have become known for developing expertise in certain areas. IBM, for example, has extensive experience with governmental cloud infrastructure. Cisco Systems has been involved with healthcare and HIPAA requirements.

Will those companies spin off specialized cloud services? That's doubtful, Villars said, but he noted that other large companies, like Japanese multinational tech firm Hitachi Ltd., or the German engineering conglomerate Siemens AG, could opt to launch their own specialized cloud services.


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