GE intros 'cloud agnostic' data platform with Pivotal, Amazon Web Services

GE intros 'cloud agnostic' data platform with Pivotal, Amazon Web Services

Summary: GE is also touting that the value of its new Industrial Internet scheme will reach nearly $1.3 trillion by 2020.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Big data is growing at a pace that might scare off some global businesses (even within the technology sector), but General Electric executives pointed the multi-billion dollar opportunity here.

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Thus, in partnership with Amazon Web Services, Accenture, and EMC's Pivotal initiative, GE has introduced what it is boasting as the first data analytics platform that can manage large-scale industrial machines in the cloud.

Enter the Industrial Internet, which GE executives described as a "cloud agnostic" platform that provides industrial operators with a common architecture for linking up smart machines, sensors and analytics.

Stressing the need to tackle big data before it gets out of control (if it hasn't already), Bill Ruh, vice president of GE's Global Software Center, cited research from the Wikibon Project during a media presentation on Tuesday that 90 percent of the data in the world today was created within the last two years.

Ruh added that industrial data, in particular, is growing two times faster than data in any segment of industry.

He added that industrial data, in particular, is growing two times faster than data in any segment of industry.

"That's a great opportunity," posited Ruh, "That tells us our ability to generate data is going to increase substantially to capture that power of one."

Ruh highlighted the biggest opportunity here: Technology spend is expected to reach at least $514 million by 2020.

GE is also touting that the value of the Industrial Internet scheme will reach nearly $1.3 trillion by that year too.

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz described that, historically-speaking, most of the innovation in information technology has been planted in the financial services industry, adding that it wasn't until the last 10 years when the shift has been pushed by "consumer Internet giants."

Maritz argued that now we're seeing innovation sprout up more in the industrial space, which he said is taking data to "a whole new level."

"It's not just about recognizing insights in the data. At the end of the day, it's about automation," Maritz said.

"It's not just about recognizing insights in the data. At the end of the day, it's about automation," Maritz said.

Like many other big data schemes that have debuted in the last few months (including from partner EMC), GE is tapping into the Hadoop open source frame work for running the Industrial Internet cloud operations.

Dubbed Proficy Historian HD, the management software is the backbone for this platform by maintaining machine-to-machine operations with a predictive (rather than reactive) approach to data management.

However, with enterprise clientele in mind, GE asserted that the software offers a secure, closed-loop architecture.

Again, GE won't be doing all of this alone. Here's the game plan:

  • Amazon Web Services has been enlisted as the first cloud provider for the Industrial Internet platform. It will run on the AWS public cloud.
  • Accenture will develop analytics applications for the data churned out by Industrial Internet solutions.
  • Pivotal will be responsible for helping deliver these solutions to market through its Hadoop, Cloud Foundry, and in-memory technologies.

"Public clouds will play an important part in the delivery of these capabilities," Ruh remarked.

Promising results in real-time (or at "millisecond" rates) , GE is targeting global industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, energy, aviation and other transportation agencies with this offering.

Topics: Big Data, Amazon, Data Management, EMC, Enterprise 2.0

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