VMware Announces Updated Pulse IoT Center

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VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0 features tools for the management of IoT/Edge devices throughout their life cycles.

VMware has announced the launch of VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0. The edge infrastructure and IoT device lifecycle management platform has been updated with all new life cycle management tools for IoT/Edge devices, sensors, and applications designed to make device registration and on-boarding more secure and simplified.

Pulse IoT Center is for both IT and Operational Technology organizations and all IoT use cases. It allows them to automate management at scale, increase security and extend it to the edge, and optimize the data they collect.

See also: VMware expands IoT edge offering

Edge and IoT are growing rapidly in popularity but the challenges associated with them can be a deterrent. They include securely connecting and gathering data from multiple sources and devices, which can lead to the creation of isolated IoT silos which are inefficient and tend to increase the gap between OT and IoT. VMware Pulse IoT Center is designed to help mitigate those challenges.

According to the company, key features include:

SaaS support: Pulse IoT Center 2.0 is available as SaaS. SaaS services will be hosted by VMware now, with VMware Cloud Provider partners providing hosting later in 2019.
Low-touch device fleet on-boarding: Minimal  touch  enrollment, bulk on-boarding, and device templates reduce the time and complexity for getting started with IoT.
More secure device enrollment: Register and connect devices with unique device token IDs or certificates and collect common device system properties and metrics during initial on-boarding.
Advanced system management: One management console and lens provide visibility across heterogenous IoT and Edge devices at scale – manage millions of devices. Help with more secure remote troubleshooting, Syslog upload to Pulse IoT Center, and issue commands and actions to gateways.
Enhanced over-the-air (OTA) updates: Granular control and management of updates to firmware/software including scheduling, approvals, activation, and installation progress. Rapidly configure and deploy updates with wizard-based set up.
Container management: Provision and issue commands to containers running on compatible edge compute devices and gateways.
Rich alerts and  notifications: Set alerts for groups of managed objects and issue notifications via email or to 3rd parties via REST API. Symptom based alerts on devices can be set with metrics thresholds. Device offline alerts and device offline metrics and batch collection are supported.
Bridge the IT – OT gap: Support OT operations with robust monitoring and alerting across all IoT devices, and support IT requirements for security and control with a single management platform.

More details on new features can be found here.

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