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May 13, 2015

GE unlocks open source with Industrial Dojo

The company has teamed up with Cloud Foundry Foundation for the programme.

By CBR Staff Writer

GE Software has teamed up with the Cloud Foundry Foundation to introduce the Industrial Dojo programme, which will allow software developers to take up open source projects and learn about unique development environments and workings of the core technology.

As part of the programme, GE Software will also develop and contribute open source code by combining its efforts with Cloud Foundry Foundation, to route all industrial messaging protocols.

GE said that the programme will give new developers an opportunity to work with experienced developers to understand the industry, which in turn will help reducing the time-to-productivity for the new developers.

GE Software CTO and vice president Harel Kodesh said: "Cloud Foundry is critical to the foundation of our platform and to our enablement of the Industrial Internet.

"By opening this Dojo, we will make huge strides toward solving the biggest industrial challenges."

Apart from the Industrial Dojo programme, GE is also partnering with software company Pivotal to create a ‘TCP Router’ to better equip Cloud Foundry to connect IT networks with industrial machines, and direct HTTP protocols.

With the TCP Router, GE will facilitate Cloud Foundry to be used for various industrial applications and use cases.

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The TCP Router will provide support for various industrial protocols, which will eliminate the need to manage apps outside Cloud Foundry.

Presently Cloud Foundry supports only HTTP protocol, which cannot fulfil industrial needs that requires high volume, variety and velocity of industrial data, due to which companies are adopting non-HTTP protocols like CoAP, DDS and MQTT to connect to Industrial Internet.

TCP Router will help Cloud Foundry to use it in various industrial applications and use cases and the router will provide support for various industrial protocols, eliminating the need to manage and scale these apps outside Cloud Foundry to communicate and be consumed by other machines and apps

Cloud Foundry Foundation board member Rob Mee said: "As Cloud Foundry fast becomes the preeminent open source, cloud-native application platform, GE’s new Industrial Dojo will give developers an opportunity to affect real change in their organisations by building the cutting edge software required for industrial innovation."

Previously, GE had invested $105m in Pivotal and the GE Predix platform is based on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), a commercial version of the open source Platform-as-a-Service.

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