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HPE simplifies manufacturing app development

William Payne
October 19, 2017

HPE has launched a new platform to simplify application deployment in manufacturing plants and unify legacy and smart factory applications' operation. Express App Platform - Manufacturing is an on-premises solution that is integrated with cloud aggregator platform Cloud28+. It is designed to allow manufacturers to speed up digital factory transformation without disruption of their ongoing operation.

Express App Platform - Manufacturing is designed to allow customers to deploy applications from the Cloud28+ catalogue with six clicks via an automated process. Based on hyper-converged infrastructure HPE SimpliVity 380, the platform features the Express App Platform Intelligent Agent which securely downloads selected applications from the Cloud28+ catalogue and uses Docker container technology managed by Kubernetes to deploy automatically the application in the Express App Platform environment on the factory floor.

Infrastructure automation software, HPE OneView, automates the provisioning and management of the required compute, storage and fabric resources. During operation, built-in backup and disaster recovery ensures data integrity and availability.

HPE says that Express App Platform - Manufacturing is optimised to host applications that support a factory and its productions lines, including Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) applications like Manufacturing Execution Systems or Advanced Planning and Scheduling, as well as IoT applications. Running those applications directly on the factory floor allows manufacturers to better integrate operations management with machine control systems to leverage IoT sensor-data intelligence for agile automation of production processes.

Express App Platform - Manufacturing can be used in conjunction with HPE Edgeline IoT Systems which provide real-time sensor data acquisition, analytics and control, operated close to the production lines to deliver faster insights and agility.

HPE's services organisation, HPE Pointnext, offers a set of advisory, professional and operational services for the Express App Platform - Manufacturing, including:

  • HPE Factory Deployment Service - helps customers plan, architect, deploy and integrate the Express App Platform environment
  • HPE Edge Applications Configuration and Integration Service - helps customers integrate applications running on the Express App Platform with enterprise applications and machine control systems
  • HPE Flexible Capacity for Express App Platform - offers an on-demand capacity and a pay-as-you-go consumption model, giving customers the ability to scale up and scale down capacity as needed and to pay only pay for what they consume, providing cloud speed and economics on premises, at or below the cost of public clouds.