HPE BlueData Appliance Accelerates AI and Data-Driven Innovation

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Today HPE announced a powerful new appliance for AI and data driven-innovation based on the HPE BlueData software platform and HPE Apollo systems.

To stay a step ahead of the competition, enterprise organizations in every industry are embarking on AI-enabled and data-driven digital transformation initiatives,” said Milan Shetti, GM, HPE Storage. “Having BlueData as part of HPE’s portfolio extends our best-in-class solutions for these customers, enabling us to provide differentiated hybrid IT solutions for AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics.”

The announcement is an important milestone in HPE’s ongoing strategy for the AI market. Acquired by HPE in 2018, BlueData is also now available as a standalone HPE software solution. Customers can continue to run BlueData software on any infrastructure, leveraging the portability of containers across on-premises, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud environments.

Enterprise adoption of AI is accelerating rapidly. The number of enterprises implementing AI grew 270% in the past four years, according to Gartner’s recent 2019 CIO Survey1. However, organizations face many challenges in executing a successful AI strategy, including deployment complexity for distributed AI and analytics as well as the shortage of skilled data scientists and AI/ML developers.

The container-based BlueData software platform provides customers with simple, one-click automated deployment for their AI and analytics tools of choice – and ensures enterprise-grade security, scalability and performance. Data science teams and AI/ML developers can focus on what they do best, with greater productivity and efficiency. These teams can rapidly build models and develop data pipelines to drive business innovation – without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

Customers can leverage the following capabilities and services from HPE and BlueData to accelerate their AI initiatives:

  • BlueData software subscriptions can be ordered together with HPE Apollo server and storage infrastructure. New bundled solutions with BlueData and HPE infrastructure will be made available in a variety of different configurations.
  • New HPE Pointnext services offerings are now available for BlueData to streamline the software implementation and ongoing support operations, ensuring success and faster time-to-value for AI and data-driven initiatives.
  • A new HPE reference configuration is now available, providing guidance and best practices for deploying BlueData software on the HPE Elastic Platform for Analytics (EPA). This reference configuration will provide customers with a clear template for leveraging modular building blocks from HPE for compute, storage and networking.
  • HPE plans to deliver new BlueData-based reference architectures for a variety of different AI/ML and analytics use cases and ecosystem tools, including Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, Cloudera, H2O, and TensorFlow. These reference architectures include in-depth testing and validation from HPE engineering to determine the workload-optimized configuration for high performance and greater efficiency.
  • The BlueData team is developing new innovations for the use of containers in large-scale AI and analytics deployments, with ongoing contributions to the Kubernetes open source community.

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