HPE Discover – Day 2 highlights

The second day of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s US customer event HPE Discover was all about digital disruption.

Opening her second keynote with more details about The Machine, HPE’s memory driven computing research project, CEO Meg Whitman stood firm on their commitment to reinvent computing from the ground up and told the audience to “stay tuned’ for more announcements in the coming months.

The company has invited open source developers to collaborate on what promises to be HPE’s most ambitious research project yet, focused on reinventing the computer architecture on which all computers have been built for the past 60 years. This announcement extends the company’s longstanding commitment to and participation in open source software.

IoT and Edge Computing

As the IoT roll out grows in pace, so too does the petabytes of data it creates, providing an opportunity for organisations to draw insights like never before in history. “Capturing, managing and deriving insight from this data is a big part of what we’re doing today at Hewlett Packard Enterprise” said Whitman, before offering attendees more details about their partnership with GE Digital.

To enable businesses to draw such vast amounts of data, HPE  unveiled the Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000, the industry’s very first fully converged systems for IoT. The 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, HPE announced enhanced IoT security capabilities, new services and an industry leading partner ecosystem to advance the adoption and impact of the Internet of Things.

This empowers organizations with the opportunity to quickly capture, process and analyze that 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 center or cloud for analysis, which can be a slow, risky and inefficient process. The new HPE IoT solutions enable organizations to harness the power of their data by delivering real-time analytics and machine learning at the edge, where the “things” are.

The Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000  integrate compute, storage, data capture, control and enterprise-class systems and device management and are built to thrive in hardened environments and handle shock, vibration and extreme temperatures. The EL1000 and EL4000 are optimized to deliver heavy-duty data analytics and insights, graphically intense data visualization, and real time response at the edge.

“Organizations that take advantage of the vast amount of data and run deep analytics at the edge can become digital disrupters within their industries,” said Dr. Tom Bradicich, vice president and general manager, Servers and IoT Systems, 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 optimize maintenance management, improve operations efficiency and ultimately, drive significant cost savings.”

In addition, HPE announced today that the HPE Vertica Analytics Platform runs on the Edgeline EL4000, delivering historical and predictive analytic insights from in-database machine learning algorithms across a broad range of IoT analytic use cases. Vertica on Edgeline brings applied machine learning to the edge to deliver closed-loop analytics that enable organizations to derive immediate insights from their IoT initiatives. In addition, to easily secure traffic back to the data center, the EL1000 and EL4000 support Aruba’s Virtual Intranet Access VPN client. Aruba’s VIA  provides organizations an automated, zero-touch, secure VPN, and is available for both commercial and high-security government IoT applications.

Dynamic IoT Security

Securing enterprise networks for the onslaught of IoT devices is also a primary concern for IT professionals today. Networks need to automatically add, detect, profile and secure 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 easily automate and scale rather than become an inhibitor for new digital transformation initiatives.

IoT Expertise – Helping Customers Transform,Design and Run IoT

HPE also introduced the HPE IoT Transformation workshop, an interactive HPE facilitated workshop that helps customers to define their IoT vision and strategy and gain business technology alignment. This structured discussion takes a fact-based, analytical approach to help customers 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 full suite of services designed to help customers successfully implement IoT solutions based on business needs and industry parameters. In addition, HPE’s Analytic Consulting and Predictive Maintenance Services deliver advanced analytics to business processes to achieve objectives, reduce costs and improve efficiencies.


In addition to GE Digital, HPE is partnering with industrial IoT leaders like National Instruments and PTC as part of its go to market plan to deliver joint solutions to customers. These solutions address industrial use cases to combine the very best of Operational Technology and IT to support the aerospace, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and energy industries.

HPE also announced four IoT Innovation Labs and expertise across the globe. HPE 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 solutions development and their applications. The labs are now open and located at HPE facilities in Houston, Texas, Grenoble, France, Bangalore, India and Singapore.

Read our Day 1 highlights