UPDATED 12:00 EDT / JUNE 25 2021


How edge will affect enterprise architecture: Aruba explains

Internet of things solutions will be introduced into virtually all industries, for any purpose, over the next 10 years, according to a networking enterprise solutions vendor that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. acquired in 2015.

Aruba, which specializes in artificial intelligence-driven automation and security solutions for IoT connected devices at the edge, will be contributing significantly to HPE’s edge-to-cloud strategy.

“The edge is where data is born,” said David Logan (pictured), vice president, CTO Office, at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. “Aruba’s role in edge-to-cloud architectures is to provide the connectivity and allow this data to go all the way to the hybrid cloud infrastructure, wherever it needs to go.”

Logan spoke with Dave Vellante, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the HPE Discover event. They discussed HPE’s edge-to-cloud thrust and how that would be changing things. (* Disclosure below.)

Data-intensive workloads will drive change

Logan reckons IoT at edge growth will be significant as enterprise organizations are now starting to look at the network as a far more important component than they did four or five years ago, “where it might [then] have just been four bars of Wi-Fi or connectivity from branch to headquarters,” Logan said.

New requirements on the architectures will be an end result of this shift. It will include data-intensive workloads caused by AI and so on.

“We are going to find over the next 10 years that a significant amount of the data that is born at the edge and the experiences that are delivered at the edge need a local presence of computer and communications,” Logan added

As far as enterprise architecture evolving, he uses the example of a healthcare environment, such as a hospital: Patient telemetry has to be collected from the bedside. But “what if the point of patient care is in the patient’s home?” he asked. This is a realistic proposition, as we’ve seen during the pandemic with the escalation of remote doctor care.

“That’s a completely different set of circumstances, physically and logically from an enterprise architecture perspective,” Logan said. Patient telemetry collected one place, metadata somewhere else, all to be processed or stored — and perhaps merged — into multiple streams.

“And in all of this, the computing architecture at the edge, the hybrid cloud architecture, the network architecture from edge-to-cloud all matters, because this involves security, involves availability, involves performance. It involves how the data itself is used, the experience of the end users that are responsible for the delivery of the experience itself,” he stated.

Essentially, enterprise architecture shifts to a new space.

Consumer innovation will trickle down

Consumerization of IoT is going to be accelerating enterprise and organization IoT too, adding to the mix, according to Logan. Amazon Echo, smart TVs and home automation has and will continue to impact enterprise IoT.

“It is this innovation that is now being able to be brought into the enterprise,” he stated. The consumerization that has already happened in the consumer space will be applied to enterprise. That includes the massive strides made recently in areas like voice-input AI and video recognition.

“Developers don’t have to know how to develop a full ML stack; they can incorporate existing capability,” Logan said. “It’s going to lead to brand new productivity innovations that an enterprise can benefit from.” Including, interestingly, small and medium-sized organizations.

“We really are enabling the entire edge-to-cloud architecture — for communications, for compute, for storage,” Logan concluded.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the HPE Discover event. (* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for HPE Discover. Neither Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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