Industrial IoT analytics advancing rapidly in Europe


The proliferation of the Internet of Things is now moving into the Industrial Internet of Things, connecting manufacturing and industrial devices across the globe. An area that is moving forward at a rapid pace with this technology is Europe, where countries are building smarter cities, factories and transportation while embracing mobility.

“I work on a couple of projects in Eastern Europe where it’s all about industrial IoT analytics, or IoTA is the new terminology,” said Carlo Vaiti (pictured), chief technologist and strategist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., EMEA.

Vaiti sat down with John Furrier (@furrier) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during the DataWorks Summit in Munich, Germany. (*Disclosure below.)

The European IoT connection

Vaiti’s role as a strategist involves a visionary strategy for the company in the areas of hybrid IT, powering the intelligent edge and data analytics. From a use-case perspective, he is currently working with an oil and gas company to extract data from oil rigs in the North Sea. The company is using data in two different ways. The first is to improve outcomes on the industrial side. Secondly, the company is employing IoT to its upstream retail business.

Vaiti explained that in this case, IoT is delivering much faster business outcomes for decision makers and providing a much better customer experience.

“The role of analytics, in my opinion, is becoming extremely key, and the data is the stone foundation of the digital economy,” Vaiti said.

His team is working on the next generation of IoT analytics, which will involve pulling massive amounts of compute closer to the edge. Converged Plant Infrastructure  accelerates the IIoT process and allows manufacturers to manage technology and data through a single control center, he explained. Ultimately, this will drive down the cost of sending data back to the data center.

Vaiti also discussed other topics he covered in his keynote address at DataWorks. He spoke about Data Lake 3.0, which will have a Hadoop Distributed File System data together with faster solid-state drives and big-memory and GPU nodes.

He also discussed storage disaggregation, which separates storage from compute and enables customers to add nodes or work independently on servers, compute and storage at scale.

Another plan in Vaiti’s future is “real-time everywhere,” being driven by Apache Spark at the core and enabling immediate response times. It does require a different architecture. “We see 60 to 75 percent faster analytics than others who are not using Spark,” he said.

When comparing the European technology culture to North America, Vaiti believes Europe is more advanced, particularly in the use of IoT. However, when it comes to computing at the edge, North America is further ahead, he said.

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of DataWorks Summit 2017 EU(*Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner at DataWorks. The conference sponsor, Hortonworks, does not have editorial oversight of content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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