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HP unveils converged IoT systems for edge analytics

Steve Rogerson
June 16, 2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled the Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000 converged IoT systems at its Discover event last week in Las Vegas. These systems integrate data capture, control, compute and storage to deliver heavy-duty analytics and insights at the edge to enable real-time decision making.
In addition, the company announced enhanced IoT security capabilities, new services and a partner ecosystem to advance the adoption and impact of the IoT.
With the proliferation of IoT devices generating petabytes of data every day, organisations have an opportunity to capture, process and analyse quickly those data to enable real-time control and decision making. Oil and gas, manufacturing and telecommunications industries face specific IoT challenges – they need to harness data in remote environments, from windmills in the desert to smart energy grids and manufacturing plants, to drive timely business decisions.
Until now, the remote data would have to be transported to a data centre or cloud for analysis, which can be a slow, risky and inefficient process. The IoT products from HP are said to enable organisations to harness the power of their data by delivering real-time analytics and machine learning at the edge.
“Organisations that take advantage of the vast amount of data and run deep analytics at the edge can become digital disrupters within their industries,” said Tom Bradicich, vice president of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “HPE has built machine learning and real-time analytics into its IoT platforms, and provides services that help customers understand how data can best be leveraged, enabling them to optimise maintenance management, improve operations efficiency and, ultimately, drive significant cost savings.”
The converged systems integrate compute, storage, data capture, control and enterprise-class systems and device management and are built to thrive in hardened environments, handling shock, vibration and extreme temperatures. The EL1000 and EL4000 are optimised to deliver heavy-duty data analytics and insights, graphically intense data visualisation, and real-time response at the edge.
In addition, the Vertica analytics platform runs on the EL4000, delivering historical and predictive analytic insights from in-database machine learning algorithms across a broad range of IoT analytic use cases. It brings applied machine learning to the edge to deliver closed-loop analytics that enable organisations to derive immediate insights from their IoT initiatives. In addition, to secure traffic back to the data centre easily, the EL1000 and EL4000 support Aruba’s VIA virtual intranet access system that provides organisations with an automated, zero-touch, secure VPN, and is available for commercial and high-security government IoT applications.
Securing enterprise networks for the onslaught of IoT devices is also a primary concern for IT professionals. Networks need to add, detect, profile and secure automatically new and unknown IoT devices without manual intervention. With enhancements to Aruba Clearpass, IT can profile new IoT devices, enforce security policies and exchange policy status with other security systems including mobile device management systems. Clearpass integrates with existing network infrastructures from any vendor enabling IT teams to automate and scale easily rather than become an inhibitor for new digital transformation initiatives. 
The company also introduced the IoT TW transformation workshop, an interactive workshop that helps users define their IoT vision and strategy and gain business technology alignment. This structured discussion takes a fact-based, analytical approach to help users achieve alignment on their vision, identify current and future states, and determine a set of specific transformational IoT projects.
The IoT TW is the first step in a suite of services designed to help users successfully implement IoT services based on business needs and industry parameters. In addition, HP’s analytic consulting and predictive maintenance services deliver advanced analytics to business processes to achieve objectives, reduce costs and improve efficiencies.
HP is partnering with industrial IoT companies such as GE Digital, National Instruments and PTC as part of its go-to-market plan to deliver joint services to customers. These address industrial use cases to combine the best of operational technology and IT to support the aerospace, oil, gas, manufacturing, automotive and energy industries.
The company also announced four IoT innovation labs and expertise across the globe. HP and Intel operate these labs to help customers envision how IoT can be applied in their industry, build and test IoT applications, and access technical expertise. In addition, partners and customers are able to engage, interact, assess and collaborate on service development and their applications. The labs are now open and located at HP facilities in Texas, France, India and Singapore.