ABB and HPE to deliver digital industry solutions for enterprises

HPE Discover 2017ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced partnership to deliver joint digital industry solutions for large enterprises.

The ABB-HPE partnership announced at HPE’s Discover 2017 event in Madrid will include co-innovation, co-development, joint go to market and service.

Their joint solutions generate actionable insights from industrial data to increase the efficiency and flexibility of operations and create competitive advantage.

“This strategic partnership marks the next level of the digital industrial transformation. Together, we will bring intelligence from cloud-based solutions to on-premises deployments in industrial plants and datacenters for greater uptime, speed and yield,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

ABB has an installed base of 70 million connected devices, 70,000 digital control systems and 6,000 enterprise software solutions.

“Together with ABB, we will shape a digital industrial future where everything computes, equipping machines with intelligence to collaborate, allowing plants to flexibly adapt to changing demands, and enabling global supply chains to instantaneously react to incidents,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE.

Research firm IDC forecasts that spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to $1.4 trillion in 2021 from an expected $800 billion in 2017. The largest investments are being made in areas such as manufacturing, transportation and utilities.

Large enterprises are investing in solutions that digitize their industrial equipment to tap IoT opportunities.

ABB and HPE said their digital industrial solutions will create insights and automatic action from industrial data – by running ABB Ability applications on enterprise-grade IT systems close to the industrial equipment to accelerate the processing of vast amounts of data.

The partnership will enable ABB Ability solutions to run on hybrid platforms such as HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, enabling customers to deploy applications to their preferred location – on HPE infrastructure in industrial plants and data centers or in the Microsoft Azure public cloud – to meet the requirements regarding performance, security or cross-site collaboration.

ABB and HPE will also deliver data center automation to enable data center power, cooling and building systems automatically adapt to changing IT demands or incidents. ABB and HPE will integrate ABB Ability Data Center Automation, which controls, monitors and optimizes mission-critical datacenter facilities infrastructure, with HPE OneView, HPE’s IT infrastructure automation software.

Secure edge data center is specifically designed to run in harsh industrial environments, bringing enterprise-grade IT capacity closer to the point of data collection and machine control. This solution is being developed in collaboration between ABB, HPE and Rittal, a manufacturer of IT racks.