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HPE Universal IoT Platform named a "Major Player"


HPE named a “Major Player” in IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Software Vendors) 2017 Vendor Assessment

Great achievement given that 12 months ago the HPE Universal IoT Platform was relatively unknown to the Analyst community.


Nigel Profile Pic.pngBy Nigel Upton
HPE WW Director & GM IoT/GCP




 IDC recently issued the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Software Vendors) 2017 Vendor Assessment report (Doc # US42033517, July 2017).  This report positioned the HPE Universal IoT Platform (UIoT) as a “Major Player” in the IoT software platform market. The IDC MarketScape study represents a vendor assessment of the current worldwide IoT platforms market through the IDC MarketScape model. This research is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that explain a vendor's success in the marketplace and help anticipate its ascendancy. This IDC MarketScape covers 12 software vendors participating in the worldwide IoT platforms market. This evaluation is based on a comprehensive set of parameters expected to be most conducive to success in the short term and long term. Customer feedback is also taken into consideration.

The report called out the following company and or platform strengths:

  • The value of HPE’s telco experience and global reach
  • HPE’s broader IoT portfolio consisting of Edgeline, Aruba, and PointnextIDC MarketScape Banner.png

    Background: HPE Universal IoT Platform Overview

For CSPs and enterprises to become IoT operators and monetize the value of IoT, a need exists for a horizontal platform. Such a platform must be able to easily onboard new use cases being defined by an application and a device type from any industry, and manage a whole ecosystem from the time the application is on-boarded until it’s removed. In addition, the platform must also support scalability and lifecycle when the devices become distributed by millions over periods that could exceed 10 years.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) developed the HPE Universal IoT Platform specifically to address long-term IoT requirements. At the heart, this platform adapts HPE’s own carrier-grade telco software—widely used in the communications industry—by adding specific intellectual property to deal with unique IoT requirements. The platform also leverages HPE offerings such as cloud, big data and analytics applications, which include virtual private cloud and Vertica.

The HPE Universal IoT Platform enables connection and information exchange between heterogeneous IoT devices—standards and proprietary communication—and IoT applications. In doing so, it reduces dependency on legacy silo solutions and dramatically simplifies integrating diverse devices with different device communication protocols. HPE Universal IoT Platform can be deployed, for example, to integrate with the HPE Aruba Networks WLAN (wireless local area network) solution to manage mobile devices and the data they produce within the range of that network and integrating devices connected by other Wi-Fi, fixed or mobile networks. These include GPRS (2G and 3G), LTE 4G and “Low Throughput Networks”, such as LoRa.

On top of ubiquitous connectivity, the HPE Universal IoT Platform provides federation for device and service management, and data acquisition and exposure to applications. Using our platform, clients such as public utilities, home automation, insurance, healthcare, national regulators, municipalities, and numerous others can realize tremendous benefits from consolidating data that had been previously unobtainable. With the HPE Universal IoT Platform, you can truly build for and capture new value from the proliferation of connected devices and benefit from:

  • New revenue streams when launching new service offerings for consumers, industries, and municipalities.
  • Faster time-to-value with accelerated deployment from HPE partners’ devices and applications for selected vertical offerings.
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to introduce new services with limited investment, plus the flexibility of HPE options (including cloud-based offerings) and the ability to mitigate risk.

By embracing new HPE IoT capabilities, services, and solutions, IoT operators—CSPs and enterprises alike—can deliver a standardized end-to-end platform, and create new services in the industries of their B2B (Business-to-Business) B2C (Business-to-Consumers) and B2B2C (Business-to-Business-to-consumers) customers to derive new value from data.


HPE Universal IoT Platform Value PropositionHPE UIoT value proposition.png

HPE Universal IoT Platform Architecture

The HPE Universal IoT Platform architecture is aligned with the oneM2M industry standard and designed to be industry, vertical, and vendor-agnostic. This supports access to different south-bound networks and technologies and various applications and processes from diverse application providers across multiple verticals on the north-bound side. The HPE Universal IoT Platform enables industry-specific use cases to be supported on the same horizontal platform.

HPE enables IoT operators to build and capture new value from the proliferation of connected devices. Given its carrier grade telco applications heritage, the solution is highly scalable and versatile. For example, platform components are already deployed to manage data from millions of electricity meters in Tokyo, and are being used by over 170 telcos globally to manage data acquisition and verification from telco networks and applications.

Alignment with the oneM2M standard and data model means there are already hundreds of use cases covering more than a dozen key verticals. These are natively supported by the HPE Universal IoT Platform when standards-based, largely adopted, or industry-vertical protocols are used by the connected devices to provide data. Where the protocol used by the device is not currently supported by the HPE Universal IoT Platform, it can be seamlessly added. This is a benefit of Network Interworking Proxy (**bleep**) technology, which facilitates rapid development/deployment of new protocol connectors, dramatically improving the agility of the HPE Universal IoT Platform against traditional platforms.

The HPE Universal IoT Platform provides agnostic support for smart ecosystems, which can be deployed on premises and also in any cloud environment for a comprehensive as-a-Service model.

HPE equips IoT operators with end-to-end device remote management including device discovery, configuration, and software management. The HPE Universal IoT Platform facilitates control points on data, so you can remotely manage millions of IoT devices for smart applications on the same multi-tenant platform.

Additionally, it’s device vendor-independent and connectivity agnostic. The solution operates at a low TCO (total cost of ownership) with high scalability and flexibility when combining the built-in data model with oneM2M standards. It also has security built directly into the platform’s foundation, enabling end-to-end protection throughout the data lifecycle.

The HPE Universal IoT Platform is fundamentally built to be data centric—as data and its monetization is the essence of the IoT business model—and is engineered to support millions of connections with heterogonous devices. It is modular and can be deployed as such, where only the required core modules can be purchased as licenses or as-a-Service, with an option to add advanced modules as required.HPE UIoT is centric.png 

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About the Author:

Nigel Profile Pic.pngNigel Upton is Worldwide Director & General Manager, IoT/GCP for Communications & Media Solutions, Communications Solutions Business, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Nigel’s responsibilities include architecture, development, implementation, marketing, sales and support of CMS IoT and GCP solutions. The platforms and vertical solutions target the needs of large Enterprise and Telco customers with global requirements for IoT solutions who seek a single supplier for all connectivity. Nigel’s leadership spans management of the IoT partner ecosystem for the IoT platform and for the GCP connectivity relationships globally.

Nigel returned to HP after spending three years in software startups, developing big data analytical solutions for multiple industries with a focus on mobility and drones. Prior to this, Nigel led multiple businesses with HP, in Telco, Unified Communications, Alliances and software development.

Regularly sought after by the media, Nigel has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg News, Computer Business Review,, Information Week, CXO Today, CMSWire, eWeek, Channel Partners Online, Computer Business Review and many others. He blogs and authors articles on key technology trends. Nigel has also given numerous keynotes for customer, industry and analyst events.

Nigel has held multiple advisory board and industry board positions. He received his Diploma in Business Studies and Marketing from Slough College in England.

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