HPE Focuses on Future as It Leads Customers to Digital Transformation
NEWS ANALYSIS: At Discover 2016, HPE didn't discuss speculation about another divestiture but touted the company's current lineup and partnerships.LAS VEGAS—This year's Discover 2016 conference (June 7-9) got a lot more interesting as a result of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's announcement last month of a deal to spin out its Enterprise Services division to Computer Sciences Corp., creating a new services company. The deal cut the size of HPE by about another third, after its split in November with HP Inc. that cut the once-giant consumer and enterprise technology company in half. There still is plenty left, with the remaining enterprise group generating some $33 billion in revenue, placing it among the leaders in the server, storage, networking and software markets. That Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) deal led to speculation that another deal was imminent. Was HPE setting itself up to divest further, add more pieces or stand pat? HPE officials weren't talking about it and, instead, told the 10,000 attendees at the conference about ways they could further modernize their business with HPE's current lineup, with the help of a few key partnerships.
Things on the EdgeHPE waited until Day 2 to its most significant news—the creation of a new category that it is calling the Converged IoT System, with two new products, the Edgeline EL 1000 and EL4000 servers. They are a joint product between HPE's server and Aruba wireless and security technology groups, and National Instruments, maker of PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation)-based data acquisition and control cards.
The units are ruggedized and designed to sit with devices out in the field, factories or remote areas. The servers can go up to 16 and 64 Xeon cores, respectively; up to 15TB of storage; and include apps such as HPE's Vertica analytics platform and PTC's ThingWorx augmented-reality apps. HPE is also partnering with GE and other operational technology (OT) vendors. The initiative includes services and four new IoT Innovation Labs in the United States, France, India and Singapore.