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5 Companies That Came To Win This Week

For the week ending Oct. 13, CRN takes a look at the companies that brought their 'A' game to the channel.

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Dell Technologies Commits To Investing $1B In New IoT Division, Partner Program

Dell Technologies is getting into the Internet of Things business in a big way, unveiling this week a new division focused on developing IoT products and a new partner program to help solution providers expand into the IoT market. And CEO Michael Dell said the company will invest $1 billion in the IoT effort over the next three years.

Dell Technologies officially launched the IoT initiatives Tuesday at an event in New York. But Michael Dell (pictured) gave a preview of the plans a day earlier at The Channel Company's 2017 Best of Breed conference.

"We are bringing together all our capabilities across Pivotal, VMware, Isilon, Dell EMC. We are building gateways for edge computing," Michael Dell said at the 2017 Best of Breed conference in Atlanta. "We think there is going to be a great boom here."

The new IoT Division is headed by VMware CTO Ray O'Farrell and builds on work Dell has already done in IoT, including developing IoT gateways and enhancing Dell EMC PowerEdge C-Series servers for IoT applications. Tuesday the company added to that, announcing Project Nautilus to develop software that can ingest and query real-time data from IoT gateways; Project Fire, a hyper-converged offering from VMware for faster rollout of IoT applications; and Project IRIS, an edge-security analytics system from RSA.

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