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HP unveils data-intensive Compute for emerging tech

Brian Karlovsky | May 8, 2015
HP has launched new compute platforms designed to help customers handle data intensive workloads driven by emerging technologies such as open source data analytics.

HP has launched new compute platforms designed to help customers handle data intensive workloads driven by emerging technologies such as open source data analytics. Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected "things" will be in use in 2015, up 30 per cent from 2014.

This figure will reach 25 billion by 2020 and will cause an exponential increase in the amount of data.

As a result, the industry is seeing the emergence of new technologies and architectures — from open source data analytics and database platforms to in-memory databases — built to derive value from data and deliver business outcomes. HP's new Compute platforms have been tailored to meet the specific requirements of these data-intensive workloads.

These platforms are built for a range of emerging technologies and applications including mass content storage, block and file storage, unstructured and real-time analytics, as well as simple and transactional databases. The new and enhanced servers and solutions include: HP Apollo 2000; the HP Apollo 4000 Systems family; the HP Big Data Reference Architecture; HP Integrity Superdome X; and the HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c Gen9 servers.

These servers are designed to optimise capacity and performance scalability, flexibility and cost efficiency with unique designs that address datacentre space, power and cooling challenges. The HP ConvergedSystem 500 for SAP HANA has been upgraded with the newest Intel Xeon Processor E7 V3 Family architecture and supports the latest generation business suite, SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), to deliver faster real-time actionable insights.

New HP Converged Storage plug-ins help increase flexibility and reduce customer risk through a comprehensive data backup and recovery solution for SAP S/4 HANA environments. HP director and general manager, servers and converged systems, HP enterprise group, South Pacific, Raj Thakur, said the ever-increasing volume, velocity and variety of data had stretched traditional server technologies beyond their limits

"It needs a set of purpose-built compute platforms specifically designed to extract the maximum value of the data," he said.

"HP is innovating the designs of its broad compute portfolio to align it to specific workload needs in order to help customers deliver the most impactful business outcomes by using data in ways that was impossible in the past."

Scale-out workloads such as object and virtualised storage and Apache Hadoop require Compute platforms with performance scalability, density optimisation, storage simplicity and configuration flexibility, according to a company statement.

HP will aim to address these requirements with a scale-out Compute portfolio that consists of the HP Apollo 2000 and 4000 systems as well as HP Moonshot. The HP Apollo 2000 is the enterprise bridge to scale-out infrastructure.

It is designed to deliver hyperscale efficiency and performance in traditional datacentres running general purpose and high performance workloads.


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