Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

HPE simplifies intelligent edge adoption

Steve Rogerson
July 2, 2019



Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced edge technology, research labs and programmes to simplify and accelerate intelligent edge adoption, enabling users to create unique digital experiences and leverage analytics and machine learning to adapt to changes in real time.
 
This includes major enhancements to Aruba Central, a cloud-based platform that unifies network management, AI-powered analytics, user-centric service assurance and security for wired, wireless and WAN at the edge.
 
Integrations and turnkey edge-to-cloud offerings are being delivered with ABB, Microsoft and PTC, enabling real-time intelligence and control in industrial environments.
 
And the Intelligent Edge & IoT Centre of Excellence (CoE) & Labs, part of Hewlett Packard Labs, will develop and commercialise capabilities and technologies that accelerate its customers’ and partners’ intelligent edge journey.
 
“The edge has emerged as the new centre of the digital universe, opening up opportunities for organisations to create new digital experiences and gain competitive advantage,” said Keerti Melkote, founder and president of Aruba, an HPE company. “Today, we announce innovations that will enable our customers to capitalise on these experiences and opportunities by dramatically simplifying, securing and accelerating the deployment of the intelligent edge.”
 
Siloed network management products are creating complexity and increasing time to remediation. To accelerate IT operations and allow IT professionals time to focus on innovation, Aruba is making enhancements to Aruba Central. With these enhancements, users will benefit from AI-powered network analytics, improved security and user-centric assurance for wired, wireless and WAN edge infrastructures from a single point of control.
 
AI-powered analytics and assurance capabilities based on Aruba NetInsight and User Experience Insight allow IT professionals to resolve infrastructure problems quickly before they impact the organisation. Now integrated into the Aruba Central cloud-based platform, Aruba’s analytics and assurance capabilities deliver IT professionals a way to remediate intermittent network issues quickly while also proactively identifying how to optimise customers’ infrastructures to ensure optimal experiences.
 
Software-defined branch (SD-branch) and SD-WAN, managed on Aruba Central, have been enhanced with improved branch management and orchestration capabilities to define business-intent policies centrally to meet the hybrid cloud connectivity needs for distributed enterprises and reduce operational costs.
 
The SD-WAN Orchestrator in Aruba Central makes it easier for IT professionals to deploy flexible and secure overlay topologies in a large-scale edge infrastructure, connecting thousands of branch locations with multiple data centres. Aruba virtual gateways now available for AWS and Azure, combined with orchestration, cost-effectively extend network and security policies to workloads running in the public cloud. The SaaS prioritisation feature not only enhances the performance of SaaS applications but also provides visibility about the end-user experience for business-critical applications, such as Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce.
 
Integrated in Aruba Central, Aruba ClearPass Device Insight provides IoT visibility and security via a single pane of glass, employing automated device discovery, and machine learning-based fingerprinting and identification. Used with Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba’s dynamic segmentation security capabilities, networking and security teams can automate policy enforcement down to each device and user.
 
Network management workflow enhancements have been integrated into Aruba Central to accelerate device provisioning with an automated mobile app to deliver network health views and troubleshooting across all locations allowing IT to focus on delivering the needs of the business.
 
To provide organisations more flexibility and choice in how they obtain and support their edge infrastructure, Aruba products are also available via HPE GreenLake for Aruba, a network-as-a-service (NaaS) subscription-based offering.
 
In industrial environments, the intelligent edge requires an intricate interplay between sensors, actuators, networks, applications and infrastructures from edge to cloud. It also involves problems including harsh environmental conditions, intermittent network connectivity and lack of qualified on-site staff. Consequently, such deployments are often costly, slow and vulnerable to security and reliability difficulties. To simplify, accelerate and secure deployments, HPE is launching pre-integrated turnkey edge-to-cloud offerings in collaboration with industry partners:
 
The integration of ABB Ability smart sensor technology with Aruba access points is designed to deliver scalable, high-performance wireless connectivity for operational technology (OT) equipment such as motors, mounted bearings and pumps. This allows industrial companies to capture valuable data and insights from their equipment to monitor their condition and performance proactively, and plan maintenance in advance to avoid costly and disruptive downtime.
 
Jointly developed by ABB, HPE, Microsoft and Rittal, a secure edge data centre for Microsoft Azure Stack is an enterprise-grade edge appliance enabling real-time intelligence and action in harsh industrial environments, while providing seamless integration with Microsoft Azure. The appliance provides IP55-rated environmental protection, cooling, redundant power supply and distribution and automated management, allowing users to run pre-configured, high-end enterprise applications in locations such as factories or oil rigs.
 
HPE Edgeline IoT Quick Connect simplifies the convergence of OT and IT, letting users monitor and control OT equipment such as machines or motors in real time. Jointly delivered with Microsoft, Edgeline IoT Quick Connect is based on the HPE Edgeline OT Link platform, which connects OT devices, the HPE Edgeline EL300 converged edge system and Microsoft Azure IoT, a collection of cloud services to connect, monitor and control IoT assets.
 
Fast-start condition monitoring helps users set up condition monitoring within 90 days to deliver performance and availability of their OT equipment. An end-to-end offering implemented by HPE Pointnext services, fast-start condition monitoring is designed for those who want to get started quickly with condition monitoring but lack the skills to do so. Pointnext Services help define use cases, OT data sources and workflows, and implement pilots for proof of value, based on Edgeline converged edge systems, Edgeline OT link platform and PTC’s ThingWorx industrial IoT platform.
 
The newly established Intelligent Edge & IoT CoE & Lab provides critical capabilities and technologies to HPE’s partners and customers to accelerate intelligent edge adoption. It will guide partner activities, M&A and research in knowledge transfer to HPE’s channel partners to accelerate market adoption of the intelligent edge with the Channel to Edge Institute (CEI), a programme that helps HPE’s channel partners gain the required expertise to recommend, sell, implement and manage intelligent edge products for their customers. The CEI provides training on intelligent edge use cases and business cases and will deploy joint go-to-market programmes with HPE’s channel and ecosystem partners.
 
Research programmes to drive rapid commercialisation of intelligent edge technologies help simplify edge-to-cloud management and OT-IT convergence and enable new use cases. These include a unified provisioning, policy and security management across wired networks, wifi and 5G; the next generation of HPE’s Edgeline converged edge systems and Edgeline OT link platform; and real-time video analytics for quality, security and customer experience applications.
 
The initial enhancements for Aruba Central 2.5 are available starting this month. The integration of ABB Ability smart sensor technology with Aruba access points will be available at end of 2019. The secure edge data centre for Microsoft Azure Stack is now available with IEC certification and will be available with UL certification in August. HPE Edgeline IoT Quick Connect will be available this month. Fast-start condition monitoring will be available in France and Netherlands this month and will be generally available by the end of 2019.