HP puts big data in the cloud and announces services enhancements

On the opening day of HP Discover in Barcelona, HP has announced a major milestone in its big data strategy

On the opening day of HP Discover in Barcelona, HP has punted its big data analytics platform, HP Haven OnDemand, into the cloud. The company says the move will give customers access to key components of the Haven platform.

Running on the HP Helion cloud, Haven OnDemand will allow users to quickly and constructively analyse business, machine and unstructured data, while open application programming interfaces will let developers design new applications and services to exploit it.

Information services provider Thomson Reuters has already been testing out the Haven OnDemand platform, using it to produce several new applications at a recent hackathon, said Chris Blatchford, director of business operations at Thomson Reuters Platform Group.

“HP IDOL OnDemand’s intuitive interface and wide array of APIs allowed our developers to ‘think big’ and realise their vision,” he said.

HP will be embedding its Haven assets deeper inside its software application portfolio with a number of offerings around analytics, via HP Vertica OnDemand; big data web services for partners and developers, via HP IDOL OnDemand; security information and event management (SIEM) via a new release of HP ArcSight ESM; and intelligent retention and content management through a new software and storage solution that brings together HP StoreAll, HP ControlPoint and HP Records Manager.

“Businesses must be able to leverage all forms of data, at high speed and in context, to capitalise on emerging opportunities and manage risk and costs,” said Robert Youngjohns, GM and EVP at HP Software. “With today’s announcement, we are making our big data platform more accessible and adaptable than ever before.”

Collaboration with Office 365

Also, in its headline announcements, HP unveiled a new agreement with Microsoft to provide its service delivery along with Microsoft Office 365 in a single package for the first time.

HP Enterprise Services for Office 365 includes features such as service accountability, managed service solutions, integrated support processes and datacentre co-location options.

HP Enterprise Services vice-president, Mike Nefkens, said: “Working with Microsoft will allow HP to offer our industry leading enterprise services with Microsoft’s widely adopted Office 365 suite, starting with Exchange Online running on HP servers in HP datacentres.”

Enhancements to enterprise infrastructure

In a marathon keynote lasting over two hours, HP made a number of other product and services announcements, all designed to address user operations in the datacentre.

These include new servers for mission-critical workloads, Integrity Superdome X and Integrity NonStop X; multi-protocol flash-optimised 3PAR storage, explicitly targeted at EMC VMAX users; and a new software-defined converged infrastructure to manage IaaS, cloud, mobility and big data workloads.

On the services side, HP launched expanded consulting and support services to help manage cloud and SDN environments.

“HP is bringing to market innovations across our enterprise portfolio that will enable our customers to capture new possibilities for profitability and growth, while reducing datacentre costs and risk,” said Antonio Neri, SVP and GM of HP Enterprise Group.

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