Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has detailed several new products and services aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT), comprising gateway devices and a cloud-based beacon management solution from Aruba.
Announced at the HPE Discover event in London, the products are part of a drive by the firm to enable customers to make full use of the growing array of sensor-enabled platforms, and capture data to deliver business and operational insights.
"HPE has one of the industry's most comprehensive portfolios of IoT solutions and services, offering compute, connectivity, data analysis, security and a strong ecosystem, all aimed at simplifying the IoT for customers and driving business outcomes," said Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager for the HPE Enterprise Group.
Neri introduced the HPE Edgeline IoT Systems brand, which initially comprises two IoT devices based on Intel's IoT Gateway reference platform. This was unveiled by the chipmaker last year and now uses its Quark, Atom and Core chips plus a Wind River software platform based on Linux.
The devices are designed to sit at the network edge and collect and forward sensor data, as well as having enough processing power and performance for analytics and to provide local control functions if required.
Available from the first quarter of 2016, the HPE Edgeline IoT Systems 10 is an entry-level device, while the HPE Edgeline IoT Systems 20 has additional features for higher compute capabilities and ease of installation. Both feature rugged construction and are built with long lifecycle components, HPE said.
HPE also hinted at future Edgeline products that will be based on technology used in the firm's Moonshot microserver platform that targets very specific workloads and applications. It appears from what HPE said that the firm is waiting for low-power chipsets for Intel Xeon processors.
Aruba, which the pre-split HP acquired earlier this year, also announced products including an enterprise-grade Aruba Sensor. This is designed to work with its existing Mobile Engagement platform, which includes the Aruba Meridian cloud service.
Available to order now, the Aruba Sensor combines a small WiFi client and Bluetooth Low Energy radio, and together with the Mobile Engagement platform represents the "first cloud-based beacon management solution for multi-vendor WiFi networks", according to Neri.
HPE also said that it has an entire ecosystem and portfolio of solutions to back up an IoT deployment, including HPE Vertica Analytics and HPE Fortify security tools.
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