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FREMONT, CA: With the capture of the industrial market by cloud, General Electric (GE) has also taken its internet platform to the cloud by launching Predix Cloud, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. It is designed especially for managing, analyzing, and storing machine data in real time with a ‘gated community’ model to ensure cloud tenants belong to the industrial ecosystem, reports Rachel King, ZDNet.
GE first introduced its data analytics platform, industrial internet two years ago in partnership with Amazon Web Services, Accenture, and EMC. Industrial internet then underwent many changes starting with updates towards the aviation, healthcare, rail and energy industries to the acquisition of API Healthcare providing software for healthcare employee management. This has now made space in the cloud.
Predix Cloud combines its expertise in IT and operational technology providing a feature like asset connectivity, scalability for machine data, security and compliance, governance, interoperability, gated community, developer insight, and on-demand availability. Customer targets of Predix Cloud include aviation, healthcare, transportation, and oil and gas utility providers.
"Cloud computing has enabled incredible innovation across the consumer world. With Predix Cloud, GE is providing a new level of service and results across the industrial world," says Jeffrey Immelt, CEO GE. Predix cloud is being rolled out first to its own businesses, which are expected to transfer their software and data by the fourth quarter of this year and will be commercially available by 2016. It claims to handle a wide variety of machine data from many different types of industrial users.