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Social Media Round-Up [November and into December, 2019]
Many of us have little patience to scroll through all the social media content that comes our way, but HPE was in the middle of it all, once again. Two updates to Twitter, which also appeared on LinkedIn, caught our attention this month. One was on Containers as news broke of HPE’s big initiative in helping users exploit containers for seamless processing (and storage) across hybrid environments. The other was an interview given by HPE’s CTO who covered a lot of ground on where HPE is planning to allocate funding for R&D.
What lit up twitter and LinkedIn concerning HPE and its newly announced Container Platform was a post to the HPE’s blog by Phil Davis, President of Hybrid IT. If you missed it, look for the post, With HPE Container Platform, enterprise-wide containerization is a reality As for comments posted the first observation was whether or not, as an enterprise-wide containerization offering, would it include NonStop? The story here is that out of the box, the answer is no. But could it be a possibility? Early indications are that with the focus of the NonStop team on virtualization there are possible future steps that might be taken to include some container support. Its early days, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the NonStop community was to hear more on this topic at next year’s European Boot Camp in Berlin.
Of course this was all about a new initiative to bring HPE to the fore in providing a container platform that can help in transforming today’s IT to hybrid IT:
“With today’s news, we’re a major step closer to delivering the cloud experience to all apps and data. We’re unveiling HPE Container Platform, the industry’s first enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based platform. Importantly, it’s designed for containerization of both cloud-native and non-cloud-native applications. And it is now a foundational component of our hybrid cloud solution stack.”
Clearly, this will be something to watch unfold in 2020.
Three dimension “stacked memory” device
With less fanfare than the containerization story comes a published interview with HPE Hewlett Packard Labs Chief Architect / HPE Fellow / VP, Kirk Bresniker. Published in TECHCiRCLE under the heading, Moore’s Law slowing down open up opportunities that haven’t been there for 50 years: Kirk Bresniker, HPE it provides insights into several programs in place where HPE looks to provide leadership. However, in the opening paragraphs in response to the question, “How did you build your research team?” Kirk answered with the following:
“Eight years ago, when I was in my former role as the chief technology officer of the global business unit, my particular area was mission-critical, fault tolerant computing platforms. And, that was the technology that we have really been working on building up here in Bengaluru (a HPE India lab), for the better part of 15 years and hence I have long ties into the technology community here.”
As for the question that followed, “Do you see the modern-day innovation focused more on the software than hardware?” Kirk was only too quick to respond with:
“I am getting questions all the time about low-level optimization of operating systems and hardware architecture. That’s what the team here was really great at. And so some of the technologies that they haven’t seen for so long like the operating systems, virtualization technology, all of it is coming back into the foreground.
“Also as we transition fundamentally, from delivering products to delivering outcomes and as a service consumption model, that actually opens up and frees us to innovate much like we used to do earlier.”
As for the opening observation about Moore’s Law, the answer from Kirk gets rather complicated but in short, he suggests we may see:
“In some of the devices, you can’t have half a silicon atom inside of a transistor … we can no longer shrink the way that we have been shrinking the geometric scaling process.
“They created the second age of Moore’s Law scaling, where the transistors didn’t get smaller anymore. But the space between the transistors got smaller.
“What we need to do next is to take that transistor on that integrated circuit, as it’s done since the very first integrated circuit, we have to turn it vertically and then do three dimensional scaling.”
Where this conversation headed next wasn’t entirely unexpected as Kirk applied this to what HPE sees happening at the edge. And this is of particular relevance for the NonStop community members, particularly for those who are thinking about the potential for NonStop to move to the edge to be closer to where transactions and indeed data are created:
“Our expectation is that in the middle of the next decade, 75% of enterprise data will be out somewhere in tiny little embedded devices, in edge system in successive systems on the factory floor, in the hospital basement at the bottom of the 5G station. That’s where all the data will be. We have to understand how do we bring the computation out to that data.
“We have to think of new ways to continue to get more computational work done for much less energy. And also have it fit in the space, weight and power.”
Anyone who attended HPE Discover 2019 in Las Vegas and saw NonStop running virtualized on an Edgeline 4000 wouldn’t be surprised to read this but the real issue isn’t whether NonStop migrates to the edge, but when. To read the full interview as published in TECHCiRCLE, reference the hyperlink above or cut and paste this link into your browser –