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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover 2015: Opening the closed box


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By Curt Hopkins, Managing Editor, Hewlett Packard Labs

Hewlett Packard Labs’ flagship project, The Machine, can help telecom customers improve network efficiency, reduce cost, improve revenues, increase performance, and help roll out new services, according to Ying Zhang, senior research scientist, Networking and Mobility.

This is the topic of the panel discussion, “Hewlett Packard Labs presents an inside look at how The Machine will revolutionize communications,” moderated by Martin Sadler at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover 2015 in London.

Sadler, Vice President and Director of Security and Manageability, will lead the discussion with Zhang; Jeff Edlund, CTO for HP’s Communications and Media Solutions Business Unit; and Adrian Shaw, research scientist in Security and Manageability at Hewlett Packard Labs. The panelists will showcase how the rapidly emerging area of  Network Function Virtualization (NFV) stands to benefit from the groundbreaking new capabilities that will be enabled by The Machine.

Martin Sadler.jpgBecause The Machine aims to enable Distributed Mesh Computing, a new type of edge computing – where the computing is not kept captive in the heart of the computer but is distributed across all the nodes in the system – it has the potential to reduce user-perceived latency and save backhaul bandwidth, according to Zhang.

The Machine’s approach is, as Zhang said, “being an efficient platform for hosting various network services as close to the user as possible.” 

Each user, whether individual or company, will ask for – sometimes demand – all the resources they need for their goals. This desire by a user to immediately lay hands on all desired resources has increased as information has become more culturally central.

“Consumers have come to a place where they believe their services should hover around them, in a persistent state of connectedness,” said panelist Jeff Edlund.

But even as the user wants to claim the resources, the network manager always seeks to balance distribution, to keep as many people as happy as possible as long as possible. Using The Machine at the edge, together with Network Function Virtualization (NFV) techniques, can enable elastic resource provisioning and thus satisfy user needs more flexibly and efficiently.  

At least as important is the freedom The Machine and NFV will give the user of telecommunications services.

As an NFV platform, The Machine will allow telecoms to roll out new services with high performance, without taking extreme financial risks to create them. It is also a secure platform, which makes the services offered to the users trustworthy.

To learn more – much more – about how The Machine will revolutionize communications, attend the panel.

The panel Martin Sadler is moderating, “T6659 - Hewlett Packard Labs presents an inside look at how The Machine will revolutionize communications,” will take place on Wednesday, December 02, 2015 between 11:30 and 12:00 in Theater 7.

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