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June 9, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 2:33pm

HPE bets big on IoT with converged systems, updates Helion & goes hybrid with Docker

List: The annual Discover conference in Las Vegas saw several key updates made to HPE's portfolio.

By James Nunns

In Vegas this week HPE has been holding its annual Discover conference during which it made a number of announcements around the Internet of Things, a container partnership with Docker, and updates to its cloud portfolio, as well as others.
CBR rounds up the news is a handy list.


1. IoT

HPE introduced a converged system for IoT with the Edgline EL1000 and EL4000. The systems which are based on Intel’s Xeon processors offer computing, storage, and data-capture features built in, are aimed at bringing data centre power to the edge, the company said.

The idea is that the systems can be mounted on things like trains, windmills and other IoT enabled things that are at the edge.

The company is aiming to allow businesses to keep functions at the edge such as deep analytics at source. This means that the data doesn’t have to initially come back to the data centre, this should improve time to value.


2. Docker

Containers have become one of the most popular technology trends over the past few years and HPE has decided to jump on the bandwagon by revealing a partnership with Docker.

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The partnership will see HPE bundle the Docker engine into all of its servers. This means that the company will offer pre-configured platforms ready for Docker Engine and Docker containers. The idea is that this will speed up a user’s ability to deploy containers and improve performance.

As part of the partnership, HPE will provide various forms of support for Docker through a collaboration on sales and programmes supporting the use of Docker Datacentre.

HPE will also offer design, implementation and technology assessments for Docker containers and microservices.
Docker’s part in the deal will see it support HPE Linux.

HPE Discover 2016

3. Cloud

The recently split company introduced a couple of additions to its cloud portfolio in moves that are designed to support a hybrid cloud focus.

Firstly the HPE Helion Cloud Suite, a software suite that is aimed at helping customers to deliver and manage a broad spectrum of applications, the company said. This will include traditional, virtualised, cloud native, and containers across a range of infrastructure environments.

Additional features of the cloud suite include an OpenStack-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, automation for helping to quickly provision IT Services and applications. It also includes a Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service based DevOps environment.

The company is also offering a "cloud-in-a-box" style deployment with Helion CloudSystem 10, which is a bundled system that includes Cloud Suite with HPE hardware.

HPE Discover 2016

4. Composable infrastructure

HPE furthered its composable infrastructure vision with the release of OneView 3.0, an infrastructure management application that will apply software defined intelligence to HPE systems in order to quickly deliver applications. It will offer workload template automation, and API integration with other systems.

This is essentially the next stage of the company’s push on the composable model of IT infrastructure management which it initially introduced with Synergy.

OneView 3.0 will allow companies to have access to the composable style of infrastructure management even if they are not running Synergy servers.

Enhancements include a new dashboard that will provide a single view of multiple data centres that will work across different form factors.

It will also integrate with Intelligent Management Centre in order to provide end-to-end management of network switches.

HPE Discover 2016

5. All-Flash

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s popular 3PAR StoreServ flash-optimised data arrays have been updated with higher capacity flash components, persistent storage support for applications that are running in Docker containers, and the company has enhanced the data protection and backup options.

According to the company theses updates will make the storage arrays the highest-density options available.

The company said it will have support for the latest 7.68TB and 15.36TB Nand solid state drivers across the 3PAR StoreServ portfolio. These updates will be able to be configured in an up to 24PB’s of usable flash storage in a single system.

This has been made possible by the 3PAR Adaptive Sparing and Express Layout technologies. The Adaptive Sparing technology allows for any drive to be used regardless of size, something that is said to prolong media endurance.

Express Layout provides concurrent access from the company’s storage controllers to the SSD’s, this allow for higher throughput.

HPE Discover 2016

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