Hewlett Packard Enterprise Pledges $4Billion in Intelligent Edge Computing
Over the next four years Hewlett Packard Enterprise will spend $4 billion on technology and services that will enable them to have an advantage in the “intelligent edge” market. Intelligent edge or edge computing is a basic phrase that includes anything from wearable technology like fit bits and sleep trackers, to devices that group and process data at different points in the information stream like gateways and routers. The “intelligent” aspect comes in when software is used to analyze the data gathered from those devices and then that very same data is used to make new decisions in almost real-time.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise will build an edge to cloud system that will include “distributed clouds” that will process a large amount of the data at the edge while sending a receiving a smaller portion of the data from a centralized data center. These “distributed clouds” will be operated by end-user companies or by the usual third-party companies like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.
According to HPE CEO Antonio Neri, there will be two key technologies that will play a large role in helping the company achieve its aims in the intelligent edge computing space. The first technology is cloud managed software defined WAN (Wide Area Network). This will simplify the management and deployment of network connectivity in branch offices from a central location. The second technology proves to be a landmark project for HPE and it includes a “memory driven” computer that they are calling, “The Machine.” This computer will be running on HPE’s Superdome Flex Servers and according to Neri, it will is, “the biggest, baddest in-memory system out there.”