HPE and GE chasing Industrial IoT through new partnership

HPE and GE chasing Industrial IoT through new partnership

Tech giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise and GE have joined forces to find ways to connect industrial machinery to the Industrial IoT.

This week, the companies announced they would be teaming up through the form of a partnership to combine their experience to break into the growing industrial IoT market.

GE, which is known primarily for its wind turbine, jet engine and locomotive manufacturing, has increasingly been looking to software and data analytics to help it make its products more efficient and powerful.

Clouding it out

Through the new partnership, GE will merge HPE’s connected technologies with its very own cloud-based platform called Predix. This, according to GE, will let it create and offer even more IoT-focused products to customers.

HPE and GE will target a variety of industries with its connected technologies, including businesses in aerospace, oil and gas, and manufacturing. The companies say they have been doing this informally for years.

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Partnership offers more benefits

Denzil Samuels, head of global channels and alliances at GE Digital, believes that the partnership between HPE and GE will allow the companies to offer more valuable capabilities to customers.

He said: “We are building an ecosystem with world-class partners who share our commitment to delivering better outcomes for our customers.

“By combining HPE’s key infrastructure capabilities with the Predix platform, we are enabling our customers with industrial analytics and the ability to leverage new insights that were not possible before.”

Top tech crucial to Industrial IoT

Mark Potter, senior vice president and CTO of HPE, said it’s vital that customers have access to the best technologies possible in order to benefit from industrial IoT.

“In order to fully take advantage of the Industrial IoT, customers need datacentre-grade computing power, both at the edge — where the action is — and in the cloud,” he said.

“With our advanced technologies, customers are able to access data center-level compute at every point in the Industrial IoT, delivering insight and control when and where needed.”

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