Regardless of what you want to call the rise of the machines — machine to machine (M2M), Internet of Everthing (IoE), Internet of Things (IoT) or my favorite, Skynet (Terminator) — we’re talking big money, and at last week’s HPE Discover the shrinking enterprise IT powerhouse announced an all-in-one appliance designed to address IoT-at-the-edge applications. Called (at least by Hewlett Packard Enterprise) the ‘industry’s first converged systems for the IoT’, the Edgeline EL1000 and Edgeline EL4000 systems ‘integrate data capture, control, compute and storage to deliver heavy-duty analytics and insights at the edge to enable real-time decision making.’ The company also announced enhanced IoT security capabilities, new services and an ‘industry leading partner ecosystem’ — including Accenture, GE and National Instruments — to advance the adoption and impact of the Internet of Things.
Cisco claims the IoE will deliver $19 trillion in value in the private ($14.4 trillion) and public ($4.6 trillion) sectors over the next decade. Gartner predicts 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year, up 30% from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020, while marketsnadmarkets estimates that the IoT market will grow from $157.05 billion in 2016 to $661.74 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.3%.
No matter which pundit you pick, that’s a lot of devices/data to be connected, manipulated and value to be extracted, and doing it at the edge can enable organizations to become digital disrupters within their industries, said Dr. Tom Bradicich, VP&GM, Servers and IoT Systems, HPE. “It’s really a good time to be us.”
He called the Edgeline announcement a new product category. “It’s a fundamental shift… but also converges things that have never been done before.” The appliances are engineered for the edge, “where things are.” By doing the analyzing at the edge, users can avoid latency and security issues, and accelerate time to value, Bradicich added. “Converged is a synonym for integrated, all in the same box.”
Not to be confused with the IoT gateways announced in December, the Edgeline EL 1000 is about the size of a shoebox, while its bigger cousin, the EL 4000 comes in a 1U form factor. According to HPE they integrate compute, storage, data capture, control and enterprise-class systems and device management built to thrive in hardened environments and handle shock, vibration and extreme temperatures.
Product specs — and availability — are still a work in progress, although Bradicich mentioned up to 64 Intel Xeon cores, graphics coprocessors, and 15 Tb of storage, National’s leading operational technology (OT) PXI data acquisition and control technology and HPE’s iLO (integrated lights out) technology. The two systems are expected to be available in low volumes by the end of summer, with general availability to follow.
In other news, HPE was singled out with Cisco and Microsoft as the continuing leaders in the cloud infrastructure (private cloud hardware, public cloud hardware and cloud infrastructure software) market. HPE led Cisco in Q1 and slightly widened the gap between the two, though both vendors gained market share in the quarter; they were followed by Microsoft, Dell, IBM, EMC, VMware, Lenovo and Huawei.