IoT and feature phones – What could they possibly have in common?

June 20, 2016

This blog post was authored by Gerald Kleyn, Sr Director Platform R&D & Strategy, Moonshot & Edgeline Business Unit, HPE Servers

I still remember my candy bar feature phone circa 1999.  I loved that device.  Nokia did a very nice job of easily searching out and dialing in contacts in a very small package.  Fast forward to today and I now have the processing performance of an early ‘90s supercomputer in my pocket.  My current smartphone is a much larger device, but given the number of applications and services I now have access to it was an easy trade-off.

I see the same thing happening in IoT.  Users, in many cases, are just beginning to connect their ‘things’ to their datacenters in a more traditional IT fashion.  They start by simply passing sensor and operations data securely back into a traditional datacenter.  Small, simple gateway devices like our Edgeline EL10 perform this task extremely well at the edge, right next to the things.  But very quickly they realize they want more, they hunger for the ability to take action quickly on the enhanced insight.  They realize that new applications for automation and control can save their business from unplanned downtime and improve overall efficiencies.  They want horsepower to run performant applications right at the edge to enable real time actions.  They want integrated form factors where ingest and heavy duty analytics can occur together.  These new, innovative ideas for applications and services deployed at the edge are creating a wealth of opportunities for our clients to create new and better business outcomes.

Earlier this week at PTC’s Liveworx event I watched as four industry leading innovators (Flowserve, PTC, National Instruments and Hewlett Packard Enterprise) came together as PTC demonstrated a Flowserve pump with comprehensive predictive analytics via their ThingWorx platform at the edge.  National Instruments partnered to provide the ‘engineer’s paradise’ of acquisition equipment allowing fast and simple ingest of data into the HPE Edgeline EL1000 system placed right at the edge.  On top of that PTC demonstrated augmented reality of real-time sensor data overlaid onto the Flowserve equipment and it was plain to see how industrial operations will be revolutionized with these new services and applications deployed right at the edge.

HPE’s new Edgeline EL1000 is the only platform with high performance compute power in an industrialized form factor to make the demonstration hum (literally, the pump has a handle to create a bearing failure and things get loud).  I’m excited and proud to watch the EL1000 and EL4000 be announced to the market. Two innovative platforms, the industry’s first converged systems for the IoT that bring high levels of data processing power right to the edge.  These systems integrate high levels of compute, data capture, control, and enterprise-class systems management.  I’m looking forward to many more exciting customer and partner centric solutions via our HPE IoT Innovation Labs.

IoT finally has a lot more in common with a smartphone, and industry-advancing applications we didn’t know we wanted will rapidly emerge. Additional information on the HPE Edgeline IoT systems can be found here.


Gerald Kleyn - Sr. Director of Systems R&D in HPE ServersGerald Kleyn is the Sr. Director of Systems R&D in HPE Servers for the new Edgeline Converged IoT products designed to enable high performance IoT applications.  Gerald has served various technical and leadership roles at HPE including the development of award winning Moonshot Systems, the first commercially available 64-bit ProLiant ARM server, ProLiant Hyperscale product lines with power efficiency leadership, and several ProLiant HPC products listed on the Top500 and Green500.