HP Targets Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data with New Scale up and Scale Out Compute Platforms
The product teams at Hewlett Packard have been paying attention to Internet of Things (IoT) and ‘Big Data’ generated by connected things. The recent line of hardware platforms and compatible software released by HP target the needs of large amounts of IoT data. As per Gartner, 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014 and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The data generated by IoT will need to be stored, processed and analyzed and there are several emerging technologies such as open source data analytics and database platforms to in-memory databases that can address this new paradigm. HP has released scale-out and scale-up servers to provide customers with choice.
For Scale-out workloads such as object and virtualized storage and Hadoop, HP has released Apollo 2000 and 4000 systems. The HP Apollo 2000 comes with flexible option to combine HP ProLiant XL170r Gen9 servers and HP ProLiant XL190r Gen9 servers in the same HP Apollo 2000 2U System chassis. The Apollo 2000 comes with unique drive mapping flexibility making it suitable for many applications. Four modular servers in a single Apollo 2000 2U chassis provide 2X the performance density of standard 1U server i.e. four servers in 2U vs. 4U of rack space at a comparable cost.
The HP Apollo 4000 is suitable for data-intensive workloads like Hadoop and big data analytics, in addition to object storage. The chassis can accommodate dense 2U servers that can be configured with 28 large form factor (LFF) drives or 50 small form factor (SFF) drives for large capacity needs up to 5.44 Petabytes (PB) in a 42U rack. The HP Apollo 4000 servers, when combined with HP Moonshot, create the foundation for the HP Big Data Reference Architecture.
This month has been active with x86 server news. Intel announced the Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families that are suitable for real-time analytics and enhanced performance and reliability for mission-critical computing. 17 system manufacturers from around the world are standardizing on Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Bull, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, PowerLeader, Quanta, SGI, Sugon, Supermicro and ZTE.
For data-intensive, scale-up workloads such as in-memory and structured databases that require high performance, availability, reliability as well as disaster tolerance, HP offers scale-up server portfolio consisting of HP Integrity Superdome X as well as HP ProLiant DL580, 560 and BL660c Gen9 servers.
The HP line of scale-out and scale-up servers are offered with HP Haven Big Data platform featuring HP Vertica as well as software from HP HyperScale Big Data Ecosystem partners, including Cleversafe, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Microsoft and Scality. The solutions also support key open source projects like Ceph, OpenStack Swift and Apache Hadoop. Good move by HP as the company transforms to address new enterprise technology needs.
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