HPE InfoSight Brings Autonomous DC (i.e. Skynet) Closer
Dec07

HPE InfoSight Brings Autonomous DC (i.e. Skynet) Closer

The upcoming termination of Meg Whitman’s reign is not the only Big Bang due out of Hewlett Packard Enterprise early next year: in January the drastically slimmed-down enterprise IT powerhouse will roll out a 3PAR-enabled artificial intelligence recommendation engine (InfoSight AIRE) that will take HPE closer to the autonomous datacenter, according to company officials. “Infosight is AI for the datacenter,” HPE’s Gavin Cohen, VP, Product and Solutions Marketing, Storage, told IT Trends & Analysis. “That’s something Nimble started building on from the start.” HPE announced the completion of its $1.2 billion acquisition of Nimble Storage in April, and while that significantly beefed up its flash and cloud storage assets, the company said it would be leveraging InfoSight across both its storage and server portfolios. Calling InfoSight the “crown jewels” of the Nimble acquisition, the AI power of the platform provides HPE and its partners with a big competitive advantage against any and all competitors, said Meg’s CEO successor-to-be (as of  February 1) HPE President Antonio Neri. “Nobody has this,” he said in a recent interview. The predictive analytics capabilities are sure to power dramatic reductions in storage total cost of ownership (TCO) for businesses of all sizes, he said. “It delivers the best performance with the best uptime and lowest TCO optimized for the specific workloads that run on the platform. The customer gets the best experience at the lowest cost.” Beyond storage are servers and ultimately the datacenter, and bringing AI and predictive analytics to the datacenter is not only necessary for protecting existing revenue streams, but essential to the autonomous datacenter. While we hopefully won’t get a Skynet, Terminator’s rise (and fall) of the machines, AI in the datacenter is coming quickly. By 2019, 40% of digital transformation initiatives will use AI services; by 2021, 75% of commercial enterprise apps will use AI; and the majority of adopters have seen quantified returns meeting or exceeding expectations. “AI is a positive force for change,” stated Mark Purdy, Managing Director-Economic Research, Accenture Research. “It has the potential to markedly increase growth rates and substantially raise economic output across industries, while helping organizations to more easily rotate to the new way of doing business.” A recent survey found that AI could boost average profitability rates by 38% and lead to an economic increase of $14 trillion by 2035. But all that remains in the future; today, we have AI-powered storage, or at least Nimble, and shortly, 3PAR, and the benefits are equally compelling. The AI and predictive analytics capabilities of InfoSight reduce the time spent troubleshooting issues by up to 85% and help to deliver greater than 99.9999% of guaranteed...

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Is HP Predictive Analytics A Game Changer?
Feb24

Is HP Predictive Analytics A Game Changer?

Over the last week HP has mounted another assault on Cisco, landed a massive German fish and announced it will deliver open-sourced predictive analytics at Big Data scale. Of the three, the HAVEn (Hadoop-Autonomy-Vertica-Enterprise security-n/apps) analytics announcement looks the most interesting. HP Haven Predictive Analytics ‘accelerates and operationalizes’ large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis, providing organizations with ‘much deeper insights and understanding into today’s rapidly evolving data volumes’, stated HP. It is powered by the company’s Distributed R offering and includes: data acceleration and native SQL support with HP Vertica, increasing overall data access performance by up to 5X and enables a broader community of developers and DBAs to put predictive analytics into action; out-of-the-box-algorithms that produce accurate and consistent results with mature standard R algorithms; and Open Source – the new offering is free and fully compatible with the open source R language and tools and backed by enterprise support from HP and priced per node. “This is a very strategic announcement,” said Jeff Veis, VP of Marketing, Big Data Business Group, HP Software. The ability to leverage R’s global success, preserving all the tools and algorithms, allows you to operate on much bigger data sets, he said. “That is a game changer. That’s going to unleash all kinds of use cases.” The plan to resell generic networking devices built by Accton Technology Corp., running a Linux variant developed by Cumulus Networks, will provide more customer options to its own homegrown (and/or bought) networking portfolio and the ongoing competition with Cisco. HP said it would market the networking boxes primarily to “web-scale” customers who want both white-box attributes and services such as consulting and technical support. Rohit Mehra, an analyst at IDC, estimated that the segment of the switching market targeted by HP generates between $7 billion and $8 billion in revenue annually. “All the growth is there,” he said. The fish is Deutsche Bank, and the 10-year, multibillion dollar agreement will involve updating the bank’s global IT environment and ‘aims to significantly reduce’ related IT infrastructure costs. “Deutsche Bank is taking a proactive approach to modernizing its IT infrastructure and has chosen to partner with HP in order to do that,” said HP President and CEO Meg Whitman. Bashing Cisco and signing a big services contract are pretty much business as usual for HP. Tackling Big Data analytics is also familiar territory for the IT giant, but the potential stakes are significantly higher than either of the other moves. According to IDC, the Big Data technology and services market will grow at a 26.4% compound annual growth rate to $41.5 billion through 2018, or about six times the...

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