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VMware Joins Dell and Dell EMC’s Membership on the Steering Committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium

Together, the companies are taking a leadership position to drive innovation in the Industrial Internet of Things

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced that it is participating in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership, international not-for-profit consortium that is setting architectural frameworks and direction for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). VMware will participate in the IIC as a voting member through the steering committee, as a component of the membership seat currently held by Dell and Dell EMC.

Collectively, VMware, Dell and Dell EMC have committed to serve three years on the committee, joining IBM, SAP, General Electric, Fujitsu, Intel, The MITRE Corporation, RTI, and Schneider Electric to align standards and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. As members of the steering committee, VMware, in conjunction with Dell and Dell EMC, will be heavily involved in providing input, guidance and direction to the organization around standards for IoT and participating in test beds and studies to maximize contributions to the IIC and the rapidly expanding IIoT.

"This is another step that demonstrates VMware's commitment to the Internet of things," said Bask Iyer, chief information officer and general manager, IoT, VMware. "Ensuring we help move the IoT technology forward and drive standards in this space is critical and that is why we are thrilled to be joining the IIC steering committee and to be a part of driving this important work in furthering innovation in the Industrial Internet of Things."

"Joining the IIC steering committee is an important step in our work advancing this critical technology, as well as upgrading our commitment to an esteemed organization working to align standards and architectures for the IIoT," said Andy Rhodes, vice president and general manager, IoT, Dell. "We look forward to continuing to work with our fellow members at the IIC to pave the way toward a truly connected world."

While businesses look to integrate IIoT into their organizations and offerings, significant changes must be made for IIoT to reach enterprise grade and scale. In its current state, the operations side of the business primarily drives IIoT. As the shift turns from pilot projects to enterprise production, IT involvement is necessary for efficient management and security. VMware, Dell and Dell EMC solutions are designed to help address these concerns and allow IT to provide businesses with the proper infrastructure necessary to keep businesses from being disrupted while also enabling operational technology (OT) to streamline its management and operations of IIoT to scale across these newly-connected objects.

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries -- including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 -- with the industry's most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

About Dell Internet of Things
Dell takes a pragmatic approach to the Internet of Things (IoT) by building on the equipment and data you already have, and leveraging your current technology investments, to quickly and securely enable analytics-driven action. With a comprehensive solution portfolio including edge gateways and powerful analytics tools, Dell reduces the complexity, lowers the risk and increases the speed of deploying IoT initiatives. For more information, visit Follow us at @Dell on Twitter and Dell Internet of Things on LinkedIn.

About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

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