The Edgeline family, being announced today at HPE Discover in London, will start with two devices — the EL10 and EL20 — due to be available in the first quarter of 2016. They’ll be followed by offerings based on HPE’s Moonshot architecture, said Antonio Neri, executive vice president of the HPE Enterprise Group, during a press session yesterday.
The EL10 and EL20 sit at the network edge to aggregate data from the “things” in IoT. To that end, Edgeline’s software includes HPE’s Fortify (which scans code for vulnerabilities) and Vertica (an analytics package).
The systems are designed for the low-power needs of IoT, but their bigger purpose is to move some data management functions out of the data center and into the network edge. They’re also meant to trigger actions out there — turning off a turbine if an emergency is detected, for instance.
Another part of their job, though, is to send masses of information back to the data center for large-scale processing.
Cisco is tossing around a similar IoT idea under the name of “Fog Computing.” Last week saw that effort get more aggressive with the creation of the OpenFog Consortium, which includes ARM, Dell, Microsoft, and even Intel — but not HPE.
Neri was noncommital about whether this meant anything, noting that HPE has worked on open standards before and has an open mind toward doing so again.
Moonshot in ‘Months’
You might wonder why Moonshot isn’t part of the initial release. Launched to market in 2013 with IoT in mind, Moonshot is a server chassis that can be fitted with blades running different server processors. The idea is that the servers inside it can vary depending on the needs of the moment.
Some future Edgeline products will be based on Moonshot — “it’s just a matter of months,” Neri said. Part of the delay is that the Moonshot architecture is being used for Edgeline devices more complex than the EL10 and EL20.
It’s worth noting that Moonshot was intended to accept ARM-based processors in addition to Intel’s chips. But it’s Intel that is being touted as HPE’s partner for IoT and for the Moonshot-based Edgeline products.
HPE’s IoT announcement also includes the Aruba AS-100, a device for managing multiple vendors‘ Wi-Fi beacons in one network. HPE claims it’s the first to be able to do this.
Disclosure: Craig Matsumoto is attending HPE Discover as a paid speaker.