HP Enterprise will start selling a new line of edge gateways as it ramps up efforts to take a slice of the emerging IoT market.
The firm used its Discover 2015 conference in London to also announce a new way to deploy Aruba beacons on any wi-fi network, and enhancements to supporting infrastructure for IoT deployments, such as data analytics and security systems.
But most attention was directed to the new Edgeline gateway products, for which HPE released two initial models – with the promise of more to come.
The EL10 is “price/performance-optimised” for entry-level IoT deployments, while an EL20 model is being targeted at “more demanding, higher volume deployments”.
Both models are underpinned by Intel’s Wind River stack – fruits of a recent partnership agreement between Intel and HPE – and have achieved Azure IoT certification, providing cloud-based options for edge computing.
They are immediately available in the US, UK, Japan and Europe, and will be launched in other markets in early 2016.
HPE’s enterprise group executive vice president and general manager Antonio Neri said the EL10 and EL20 gateways represented “phase one” of the Edgeline portfolio.
“In phase two you will see more compute platforms for the edge for IoT, which we’re going to leverage our HP Moonshot [architecture],” Neri said.
Moonshot is a low-power server architecture unveiled in 2013 that is optimised for “hyperscale” compute environments.
Expected release dates for the Moonshot-backed Edgeline devices were not disclosed.
HPE demonstrated several vertical industry IoT solutions at Discover, and said it would target the healthcare, energy (including oil & gas), manufacturing and retail markets initially.
“The IoT market is such a big market and we want to be focused on where we can really make a difference,” Neri said.
HP Software’s executive vice president Robert Youngjohns also talked up supporting infrastructure for IoT deployments, including data analytics and security systems.
“I think when people think about Internet of Things, they often immediately go into a discussion of sensors, smart meters, nest controllers, cameras, because that’s the gadget, but actually I think what’s going to make the IoT come to life is the infrastructure you build to support it,” he said.
While the new Edgeline gateways “coalesced” data from the sensors, Youngjohns said there was a need for analytics as well as systems that could guarantee the security of sensors and other devices collecting and feeding that data to the gateways.
Ry Crozier attended HPE Discover 2015 in London as a guest of HPE.