General Electric is entering the cloud services market with Predix Cloud, which GE says is the world’s first and only cloud solution designed specifically for industrial data and analytics.
The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will capture and analyze the volume, velocity and variety of machine data within a highly secure, industrial-strength cloud environment.
Predix Cloud will enable developers to rapidly create, deploy and manage applications and services for industry. I will enable operators to use machine data faster and more efficiently, saving billions of dollars annually, GE says.
By combining GE’s expertise in information technology and operational technology , GE’s Predix Cloud will deliver advanced tool like asset connectivity, machine data support and industrial-grade security and compliance, the company says.
“Pitney Bowes is in the midst of its own physical and digital transformation,” says Roger Pilc, chief innovation officer, Pitney Bowes. “With our APM apps running on Predix Cloud, we’re able to extract and analyze data from our assets faster than ever, and use that insight to drive real business outcomes for Pitney Bowes and its clients, including lower operational costs, greater productivity and output and higher service levels. GE knows industrial machines and related data analytics better than anyone, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them on more Industrial Internet solutions.”
The Industrial Internet is generating data twice as quickly as any other sector. With investment in infrastructure expected to top $60 trillion over the next 15 years, the number of devices connected to the Internet will continue to swell, generating an unprecedented collection of data and analytics.
Built for Predix, the cloud platform for the Industrial Internet, Predix Cloud is designed to provide a highly secure infrastructure for this next phase of growth, which will generate a new level of insight, asset performance management (APM) capabilities and innovation in the developer community.
GE’s Predix Cloud is purpose-built from the ground up, but it will also run on other cloud fabrics if required by a customer. Predix Cloud uses Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry to help with application development, deployment and operations.
GE businesses will begin migrating its software and analytics to the Predix Cloud in Q4 2015, and the service will be commercially available to customers and other industrial businesses for managing data and applications on Predix Cloud in 2016.