The Internet of Things technology competition remains robust. I devoted Monday to a trip to Houston to visit the campus of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE). This was the old Compaq computer campus remodeled for a new generation.

The occasion was the grand opening of the Internet of Things customer experience center. We toured several demo areas that were set up, but the capability exists for custom demos for visiting customers.


Prominent among partner companies was National Instruments, whose executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Eric Starkloff was present to talk with customers as well as analysts and influencers. Other partners you’d recognize from our market included Schneider Electric (Foxboro), PTC (ThingWorx and Kepware), OSIsoft, and SAP.

Key points:

HPE has invested in many operations technology (OT) people. I talked with several who were quite knowledgeable about the industrial technology area.

While HPE has a typical gateway product, the featured device was the Edgeline—a powerful Xeon processor and PCI or PXI slots and mega gigs of memory. Called a “mini-data center”, it’s like having a datacenter at the Edge.

I first met Dr. Tom Bradicich [updated spelling] when he was at National Instruments evangelizing “Big Analog Data” solution—which NI still touts. He is still passionate about finding ways to use all that data generated from devices. The Edgeline is a perfect solution for him seeing that it combines the NI technology with which he’s familiar with enterprise grade architecture also with which he’s familiar.

Key takeaways:

The Edgeline takes edge computing up a notch, as Emeril would say.

HPE has made a significant investment on the OT side with several industrial technology partners.

No company can do it all alone anymore, and HPE has built a strong partner ecosystem. However, it must continue to reach out and grow it even more.

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