Two of the most popular terms in corporate networks today are SD-WAN, or a software-defined wide area network, and SASE, or secure access to the service edge. Because businesses want to securely connect users to applications, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. took strategic steps last year to strengthen its position in both areas.
In September, HPE finalized its investment of $ 925 million acquisition of Silver Peak Inc., considered a acrobat in the SD-WAN world. At the time of acquisition, HPE ad that Silver Peak would be part of its Aruba Networking as a Service platform, bolstering the edge services capabilities of that product into an edge-to-cloud model.
“Silver Peak’s SD-WAN asset integration strategy will work well for SASE and building the secure digital edge” Scott Raynovitch, founder and senior analyst at Futuriom, said in an interview with theCUBE. “Its Intelligent Edge division is well positioned to meet the growing networking and security needs of businesses. “
HPE executives, customers, technology partners and industry analysts will discuss news and announcements regarding the next wave of digital transformation during theCUBE’s coverage of “HPE Discover 2021: The future is at the edge of the cloud” June 22-24. TheCUBE is SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio.
TheCUBE coverage will include interviews with Antonio Neri, CEO of HPE; Rashmi Kumar, chief information officer at HPE; Arwa Kaddoura, Vice President of Global Sales and Head of GTM, HPE GreenLake Cloud Services; David Logan, Vice President, CTO Office Aruba; David Harvey, vice president of strategic alliances at Veeam; Scott Buchanan, vice president of marketing at VMware; and Umashankar Lakshmipathy, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, EMEA, for Infosys Inc. (* Disclosure below.)
Competitive networking climate
The SD-WAN / SASE market has exploded during the pandemic. The results of a recent poll of more than 500 information technology decision makers from Versa Networks and Sapio Research found that 64% of companies are adopting or planning to adopt SASE within the next year. Research has also shown that 90% have performed a review of their remote connectivity strategy in the past year.
HPE’s movements in the SD-WAN / SASE space underscore the growing competitive climate around networking. Delivering a complete edge solution will require high performance networking, storage and computing, in addition to the edge capabilities, provided as a service in a cloudy experience.
Dell Technologies Inc. has released its APEX as a service IT infrastructure solution on private, public and edge cloud operating models approximately one month after the closing of the acquisition of Silver Peak by HPE. Cisco Systems Inc. was expansion its own SD-WAN capabilities in recent months with its converged networking, security and IoT services on the Meraki platform as a unified SASE offering.
Analysts noted that HPE’s strategic approach with its offerings for the SaaS world put it squarely in the competitive picture.
“The company has been a leader, Dell a fast follower with its recent APEX announcement,” Will Townsend, senior analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, said in an interview with theCUBE. “Cisco has shifted a lot of its business to subscription over the past few years. This is the right strategy to offer in SaaS mode, as it gives customers the flexibility to treat infrastructure as an investment or operating expense. “
Edge AI modeling
As data and compute move en masse to the edge, there is the potential for digital congestion leading to poor outcomes. IDC has predicted that global data collection will reach 175 zettabytes by 2025 and much of it will be on the limit.
To address this issue, the HPE research team developed a technique called learning swarm to completely facilitate AI modeling by cutting-edge devices. The concept behind swarm is to create a network of edge devices equipped with AI and reduce the need to send the collected data back to a central server for computation.
Just as a flock of birds can move intelligently in response to events around them, smart devices can also respond in the same way.
“Swarm learning is one of the most powerful concepts for sharing information from data without having to share the data itself,” said Johannes koch, Managing Director, Germany and Senior Vice President, DACH at HPE, in a recent Message on Twitter. “Cars, robots or diagnostic models learn from each other – without intermediaries and without compromising sovereignty and privacy. “
Improve health care
One of the most promising areas for the application of swarm learning is health care. This may come as a surprise to some given the highly regulated nature of the patient care industry, but that is precisely why the technology is attractive.
Many hospitals today are machine learning on outpatient data that could be biased by demographics or the prevalence of a certain type of case. Privacy restrictions limit the sharing of patient data between healthcare organizations, which could solve this problem.
However, swarm learning allows healthcare providers to learn locally and then share those findings across the larger organizational network. Patient data cannot be shared, but information derived from this information can.
“After a few cycles, all hospitals would have learned from each other, removing bias without having to share private patient data, ”said English Lim Goh, senior vice president and chief technology officer for AI at HPE, in a CUBE maintenance with SiliconANGLE. “This is the key. So the ability to let you learn from everyone without having to share your private patients is swarm learning.“
HPE Discover Live Stream
HPE Discover is a live event, with additional interviews to be broadcast on theCUBE. You can register for free here to access the live event. In addition, you can watch the CUBE interviews here live and on demand after the live event.
How to watch CUBE interviews
We provide different ways for you to watch live coverage of theCUBE HPE Discover, including the CUBE dedicated website and Youtube channel. You can also get all the coverage of this year’s events at Silicon ANGLE.
The CUBE Insights podcast
SiliconANGLE also offers podcasts of archived interview sessions, available on itunes, Stapler, and Spotify, which you can enjoy on the go.
The guests who will be interviewed on theCUBE during HPE Discover include Guido Appenzeller, Chief Technology Officer of Data Platforms Group at Intel; Jason Abrahamson, director of infrastructure engineering at The Walt Disney Co.; Terry Richardson, head of the North American channel for AMD; and David Harvey, vice president of strategic alliances at Veeam.
TheCUBE will also meet with Antonio Neri, CEO of HPE; Rashmi Kumar, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer; Omer Asad, vice president and general manager of primary storage and data management services; Sandeep Singh, vice president of storage marketing; Dr. Eng Lim Goh, vice president and technical director of high performance computing and AI; and Kirk Bresniker, chief architect, member and vice-president.
Stay tuned for a full list of speakers.
(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for HPE Discover. Neither HPE, the coverage sponsor of theCUBE event, nor any other sponsor has editorial control over the content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)
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