What is Happening?
GE announced Predix Cloud, a new Cloud infrastructure offering for industrial data and analytics to supplement its existing Predix Platform, with plans to launch to the public in 2016. While GE already has many Cloud partners for its Predix PaaS – including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Verizon – these services are primarily aimed at development and testing. The new Predix Cloud infrastructure will be added to GE’s existing PaaS and will specialize in handling industrial and machine data, with added focus on performance with machine data, interoperability, governance, and security. The Predix Cloud is now a purpose-built platform and infrastructure offering for the Industrial Internet of Things. Predix Cloud uses Pivotal Cloud Foundry to help with application development, deployment and operations.
In its announcement, GE also asserts Cloud computing is an enabler for innovation in industry, now enabling its key customer segments – aviation, energy, healthcare and transportation – to improve their use of data, increase timeliness of analysis, and improve their asset performance. This meshes well with what we have seen in our recent 2015 Cloud Infrastructure Survey, where companies indicated a preference to purchase IT resources related to specific workloads. Meanwhile, while the market for Private Clouds is poised to grow, and businesses are increasingly looking to build their own Clouds, the opportunity to get the Private Cloud and Platform through a company like GE should greatly alleviate the complexity, especially in the high-performance and regulated industries that GE serves. Continue reading GE Drives into Cloud Services Market with the Roar of its Predix Engine