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Thursday, August 02, 2018

ARM's $600m IoT deal boosts vertical integration

By Nick Flaherty

Arm is to buy an enterprise data management company, Treasure Data, in a $600m deal that allows it to provide a device-to-data IoT platform.

The deal follows chip maker (and ARM licensee) Broadcom's acquisition of enterprise software house CA in a similar move back to vertical integration.
For ARM, it is the combination of Treasure Data, Stream and Arm Mbed Cloud that forms an end-to-end IoT connectivity, device and data management platform called Pelion that already handles 50 trillion records a day. 

IDC predicts that 163 zettabytes (ZB) of data will be created or copied by 2025. That’s ten times the 16.1ZB of data generated as of 2016. However, according to a 2018 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Arm, 67 percent of organizations face challenges with data silos and more than half struggle with data preparation.

As we are constantly highlighting, the ability to deal with this volume of data and complexity requires more sophisticated systems. The Treasure Data deal provides the ability to aggregate and translate massive volumes of scattered and siloed data. The company’s technology deals with data from any source - CRM, ecommerce systems, edge, IoT devices, and any third-party data. The result for customers is an ability to derive meaningful and actionable insights from any disparate data mix.

Pelion is designed to work on both public and private clouds, on-premises and in hybrid environments, delivering flexibility in IoT system architectures. It also supports unified billing that lowers infrastructure costs, increases operational efficiency, and eliminates integration headaches through device management, connectivity that includes eSIM secure identification and data management. This provides analysis of trusted data, from individual devices to enterprise-wide big data deployments, including third-party data (works horizontally across apps and use-cases).

ARM has learned from its ecosystem of IP and chip makers. Now Pelion has an ecosystem of 140+ partners spanning silicon, mobile, network operators (MNOs), channel, technology providers and more. It incorporates much of the technology that Treasure Data’s cloud-based Enterprise Customer Data Platform (CDP) uses, and so the integration pre-dates the Broadcom deal.

Treasure Data’s platform handles two million events a second and processes hundreds of thousands of queries and 50 trillion records a day.

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