The IaaS market is dominated by Amazon Web Services with many others including Microsoft, Google and IBM vying for a piece of the action. GE hopes to differentiate itself from these companies by offering infrastructure services specifically tuned to the needs of industrial customers.
GE manufactures large equipment like jet engines, wind turbines and locomotives. These machines are loaded with sensors generating an enormous amount of information. Predix was originally created as a Platform as a Service to allow customers and third-party developers to build applications to take advantage of all the data coming from those sensors.
With today’s announcement, the company will be providing infrastructure services to run those applications.
In many ways, this approach resembles the IBM cloud strategy. IBM bought Softlayer in 2013, then launched the Bluemix development platform the following year with the hope that…
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