Wind River is trying to help businesses with legacy machine-to-machine (M2M) infrastructure migrate their control systems to the Internet of Things (IoT). The company’s new on-premises cloud-scale platform, called Titanium Control, virtualizes physical subsystems so companies can automate applications.
Titanium Control is part of Titanium Cloud, Wind River’s portfolio of virtualization products for data center environments.
The platform uses open source software including Linux, real-time Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM), and Open Stack. It is scalable to more than 100 compute nodes and can be deployed at the network edge for deployments like fog computing.
Titanium is targeted at industries such as manufacturing, health care, and energy. The company says its cloud infrastructure will help these industries migrate their legacy M2M systems to IoT. This is a process that Wind River says is happening with more frequency as many of these legacy M2M systems are becoming expensive to maintain.
“If people aren’t talking about legacy, then they aren’t talking reality,” said Jim Douglas, president of Wind River. “You have to deal with brownfield deployments and evolve them rather than rip them out.”
Douglas added that Titanium Control will allow companies to take hardware and move it to software so they can easily deploy applications at the speed they want. It also allows them to deliver service level agreements, which is necessary for critical services. “They can rapidly introduce new services and move away from rigid architectures,” Douglas said.
Wind River, acquired by Intel in 2009, is currently trialling Titanium Control with several of its customers, and the platform is ready for commercial deployment.