LAS VEGAS: HPE has shown off what the company describes as a "pioneering" and "industry first" converged IoT system at the Discover 2016 conference in Las Vegas.
The Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000 solutions integrate compute, storage, data capture, control and enterprise-class systems, according to HPE, and are designed to be deployed in "hardened environments" and to "handle shock".
The systems are designed to collect, process and run analytics, and send the information to a data centre with speed and efficiency, HPE said.
"How do we take the zettabytes of data that's going to be created and operationalise it much closer to the edge?" asked Mark Potter, SVP and CTO of the enterprise group at HPE.
"One in three servers in the world has an HPE server. We are the IT leader running that. How do we take that leadership and bring it to the operational technology role, and allow important control and reaction to ensure we're delivering solutions as fast and as timely as they'll be needed?"
Potter explained that it's "all about the data", and claimed that HPE's 3,500 data engineers and scientists operating on different data models will allow the firm to combine this talent with existing industry-leading products in structured and unstructured data.
"And we bring that all together in the universal IoT platform. That allows us to connect all those different devices and allow sharing of devices as well as analytics," he said.
"Whether structured or unstructured, we provide a platform to let developers access all that information, and then we can rapidly enable automation around that data."
The Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000 hardware will support Aruba's virtual intranet access, while the slightly higher spec EL4000 will run HPE's SQL-based Vertica analytics platform. Partnerships with GE Digital, National Instruments and PTC will hopefully seal the deal with the wider industry, HPE said.
Dr Tom Bradicich, HPE's VP and general manager of servers, enthused about what Edgeline means for the company's status in the growing IoT space, which HPE believes will soon add $1tn to the global economy.
"It's a good time to be HPE because in many ways the maturity of the IoT market allows us to leverage proven assets, combined with new assets and innovation," said Bradicich.
"It's an industry first, and it deserves to have its own product category, but this is not just a product. We believe there'll be other [industry] entrants, but we're pioneering this.
"It's a fundamental shift of doing big data in the IoT, but it also converges things that have never been done before. We're taking a chunk of the data centre and shifting it out to the edge. No-one has done that before."
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