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HPE completes acquisition of BlueData to accelerate customers’ digital transformations


It’s an exciting time for Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML). If you are in one of the many organizations using these techniques to deliver new services and product experiences, you will be interested in knowing that HPE completed its acquisition of BlueData today.

Every day, customers ask, “What can you do to help accelerate and simplify our digital transformation journey?” Using Big HPE acquires BlueData.jpgData Analytics and AI/ML to enable new customer experiences and drive efficiencies presents significant opportunity, yet when deploying these environments in a hybrid cloud model it can be complex to implement, difficult to find the necessary talent, and inflexible in the face of a very dynamic software application ecosystem.

According to Gartner, by 2020 half of organizations will lack sufficient AI and data literacy skills needed to extract business value from their data.1  Customers are already demanding easier-to-implement, faster-to-deploy, and more cost-effective solutions for AI/ML and Big Data Analytics.

Data-first vision

HPE’s acquisition of BlueData is part of our "data-first" vision enabling us to provide easier, faster, and more cost-effective methods of deploying AI/ML, data science, and Big Data Analytics applications on-premises, in the cloud, and across hybrid environments.

BlueData’s current customers span multiple industries. Organizations such as Citi, GM Financial, GlaxoSmithKline, Macy’s, Nasdaq, and SCL Health have taken advantage of the container-based BlueData EPICTM software platform, including key features such as:

  • ElasticPlane™ – enables you to spin up instant clusters on-demand in a secure, multitenant environment in just a few mouse clicks
  • IOBoost™ – delivers performance on par with bare-metal, but with the agility and simplicity of containers.
  • DataTap™ – decouples compute and storage resources, eliminating time-consuming data movement yet with the ability to tap into both on-premises and cloud-based storage

The BlueData platform can be run on-premises, on multiple public clouds including AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, and as a hybrid multi-cloud environment enabling effective utilization of resources and lower operating costs.

With the flexibility for your tools of choice, the BlueData EPIC platform is pre-integrated with many of the most common AI and Big Data tools. You can easily spin up Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR clusters; create standalone Spark and Kafka environments; deploy machine learning with TensorFlow or H2O; and install your choice of data science tools like Jupyter or Zeppelin notebooks. You can even add your own preferred tools and quickly upgrade to new versions, providing the ultimate in agility and configurability.

Our vision is to provide customers with an integrated software and hardware experience that takes the complexity out of deploying Big Data Analytics and AI/ML infrastructure and applications, democratizing the use of our customer’s most valuable asset, data. HPE Apollo servers is an ideal platform on which to deploy BlueData Epic and your containerized Big Data Analytics and AI/ML applications, providing highly scalable and cost-effective infrastructure for these classes of applications. These platforms, including the most recently announced Apollo 4200 Gen 10 Server, are ideal for symmetric and asymmetric Hadoop clusters and for creating data lakes with Software-Defined Storage.

To answer the customer question, “What can you do to help accelerate and simplify our digital transformation journey?,” HPE and BlueData provide a self-service, multi-tenant, cloud-ready infrastructure on which to more easily, more quickly, and more cost effectively deploy all your Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning applications.

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Patrick Osborne-hpe.jpgMeet Around the Storage Block blogger Patrick Osborne, VP and GM of Big Data and Secondary Storage.  Patrick is responsible for product development, product management and strategy in the areas of Big Data and Secondary Storage. In his current role, his team has responsibility for Big Data solutions including Apollo 4000 platforms, Object Storage, Software-Defined Storage and Data Protection solutions including the Apollo, StoreOnce and Recovery Manager Central product lines.

1 Fostering Data Literacy and Information as a Second Language: A Gartner Trend Insight Report (February 23, 2018)

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