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IoT should not be ignored: HPE’s Youngjohns


December 2, 2015  


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The head of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s software division today warned that any organization that ignores the Internet of Things movement and the information that can come out of it, could be impacted in a negative way.

Speaking on Day Two of HPE Discover 2015 in London, Robert Youngjohns, told his audience that whatever industry they are in, the disruptors of the future will be those who can use “information at their fingertips to drive new business models, different ways of accessing their customers and different ways of competing. This is really, really important.”

Youngjohns also referenced a conversation he had last night at a customer event.

“Somebody said IoT was an invention by the IT industry simply to sell more storage. I don’t think that is the case. It is real and it is happening now. The key is in the infrastructure you build to support the Internet of Things.”

To that end, earlier today, HPE announced new Internet of Things (IoT) systems and networking offerings that it said enable customers to more efficiently collect, process and analyze IoT data.

The rapid proliferation of IoT devices, data and connectivity has the power to enable the creation of new offerings, improved efficiency, better decision making, and more effective risk management across organizations, the company said.

Products include:

* HPE IoT System EL10 – A gateway designed for entry level deployments.

* HPE IoT System EL20 – A gateway with additional features for higher compute capabilities.

‘Today, delivering business outcomes quickly and securely requires intelligence to enable real-time decisions at the edge,” HPE said. “Moving computing power, data acquisition and data management to the edge of an organization’s network, outside of the traditional data centre, allows faster access to relevant data, requires less bandwidth to transport useless data, and ultimately accelerates the time to insight for organizations.

Meanwhile, Aruba, an HPE company, launched a cloud-based beacon management offering.

The sensors combine a small Wi-Fi client and BLE radio, which enables organizations to remotely monitor and manage Aruba Beacons across existing multivendor Wi-Fi networks from a central location using the Meridian cloud service.

The Meridian cloud service interfaces with business and analytics applications.

Also launched this week at Discover were:

* HPE Synergy, a platform designed to run both traditional and cloud native applications. Jed Scaramella, research director at IDC, said in order to “respond to the demands of the business, CIOs and IT executives need to deliver services that are increasingly application-centric. To remain relevant, IT needs to not only provide a reliable and cost-effective infrastructure that can support their legacy investments, but one that gives them the flexibility and speed to deliver services like a cloud provider.”

* HPE Helion Managed Cloud Broker, a managed services that allows businesses to provision, access and consolidate control services across multiple cloud workloads and providers.

* The appointment of Microsoft Cloud Azure as the “preferred public cloud partner for HPE customers.

Further coverage of HPE Discover will appear soon on the Web site and in the next issue of Connections+