HPE unveils Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000 as company teams up with GE on IoT cloud platform Predix
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has unveiled its first converged systems specifically designed for the Internet of Things, claiming the machines have integrated data capture, control, compute and analytics features ready for real-time decision making.
The two converged systems – the Edgeline EL1000 and the Edgeline EL4000 – come as HPE touts its IoT security capabilities at its annual Discover conference being held in Las Vegas this week.
As is evident by now, any industrial application of the Internet of Things needs machines behind it that can handle petabtyes upon petabytes of sensor and actuator data. This data, by its very nature, exists to be acted upon, which is where HPE claims its new systems can make an impact. Customers will be able to capture, process, and analyse that data in real-time.
“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 Dr. Tom Bradicich, general manager of HPE’s servers and IoT systems division.
“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.”
With ‘extreme’ verticals in mind, like oil and gas, and manufacturing, the two converged systems are built tough, according to HPE. They can both handle shock, vibration and extreme temperatures.
That’s useful, as the location of these machines on the edge of the network include windmills in the desert to manufacturing plants, said HPE.
“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,” HPE said.
Also announced this week was a fairly large IoT partnership for HPE. The company is teaming up with General Electric in the field of connecting industrial machinery such as wind turbines, trains, and jet engines.
GE has its own cloud IoT platform called Predix, which will now take advantage of HPE’s new hardware for customers.
As part of the agreement, HPE will be a preferred storage and server infrastructure provider for Predix cloud technologies, with HPE supporting for the design, implementation and rollout of the Predix platform.
“We are building an ecosystem with world-class partners who share our commitment to delivering better outcomes for our customers,” said Denzil Samuels, head of global channels and alliances, GE Digital.
“By combining HPE’s key infrastructure capabilities with the Predix platform, we are enabling our customers with industrial analytics and the ability to leverage new insights that were not possible before.”