Researchers at HPE assess the future in a data-driven, highly connected world
The work of Hewlett Packard Labs is generally focused on the transfer of advanced technologies into next generation products and solutions. Yet on occasion, the Labs’ leadership finds it necessary to step back, assess the landscape in front and make decisions about what lies ahead.
This is the process recently experienced by one of the Labs’ key executives, and it proved to be enlightening.
“Think about the world of 2025 with 175 zettabytes of data, 150 billion connected things out there,” said Kirk Bresniker (pictured), chief architect, vice president and fellow at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. “What would it be like to thrive in that kind of world? A global defense research institute came to us and asked that exact question. When they asked us that question, it solidified for me all the work we’ve done at the Labs over the last 10 years.”
In anticipation of the HPE Discover event – set to kick off on June 22 — theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s livestreaming studio, spoke with Bresniker, who appeared with host John Furrier in an exclusive interview. (* Disclosure below.)
Reasoning over information
Hewlett Packard Labs works closely with HPE’s lines of business to integrate key technologies into products and accelerate innovation from the research and development phase to commercialization. Bresniker’s realization centered around data and turning it into an actionable event.
“Success is going to go to whoever can reason over information, who can gain the deepest insights from that information in time that matters and then can turn that insight into action at scale,” he said. “Everything we’ve been trying to push for in Labs, all of those boundaries we’ve been pushing, all of those conventions we’ve been defying are really trying to do that for our customers and partners.”
Gaining insight from data and turning that into action requires key tools, such as artificial intelligence. HPE has recently completed an ethical framework for the use of AI throughout the company, a process that took 18 months.
“It’s fantastic to talk into your mobile phone and have it translated into hundreds of languages’ that’s right out of ‘Star Trek,’” Bresniker said. “We need to be explainable, we need to be able to audit these decisions. That’s really informed our trustworthy AI research and development program at HP Labs.”
The Labs operation at HPE is also confronted with the realities of a fast-evolving hybrid and multicloud world. The company’s challenge continues to be successfully bridging virtual and on-premises systems in ways that facilitate the aims and desires of a critical audience – developers.
“Today it’s everything from an Aruba wireless gateway, to a GreenLake cloud that comes to you, to our Cray exascale supercomputing,” Bresniker explained. “How can we make the modern developer who has been steeped in agile development, in DevOps and DevSecOps as comfortable and confident deploying to any one of those systems, or all of them in conjunction, as confidently as they’ve been deploying to a cloud? That’s really part of what we need to understand.”
Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the HPE Discover event. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for HPE Discover. Neither HPE, the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)
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