HPE’s The Machine Project Provides Glimpse of the Data Center of the Future

HPE The MachineFor any organization looking to the future of the data center, one of the more intriguing developments to come out of the HPE Discover London event last fall was the news that the research and development test bed for HPE’s The Machine architecture is now operational.

HPE unveiled a proof-of-concept prototype for The Machine research project to demonstrate Memory-Driven Computing, which places memory at the center of the computing platform to achieve gains in performance that are not possible today.

With The Machine, HPE is aiming for nothing less than reinventing computing, and the successful demo of the prototype was a major milestone in the project. The prototype provides a glimpse of what is now possible with an architecture that enables access to a massive memory pool that’s designed to drive instant and secure access to data through an efficient photonic fabric, according to Keith McAuliffe, vice president and CTO, Servers at HPE.

This could allow data centers to support new application processing models and enable enterprises to instantaneously generate insights from big data, McAuliffe said. In addition, it could help power an extensive Internet of Things (IoT) environment.

Although The Machine project sounds futuristic, HPE is already commercializing some of the related technologies, which fall into categories such as non-volatile memory, fabric (including photonics), ecosystem enablement and security.

As part of The Machine project, HPE’s efforts in non-volatile memory have enabled the company to be first to market with application-integrated persistent memory. The technology provides up to four times faster transaction performance for Microsoft SQL Server.

HPE is continuing to advance this area, and says there’s an opportunity to apply the principles of memory-driven computing to enhance its all-flash HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage solution. In recent years, flash storage has quickly evolved from being a niche solution to the dominant storage choice for critical applications, and HPE’s platform has emerged as one of the leaders in all-flash array market share growth and performance.

Other HPE solutions, such as the latest generation of HPE SAN networking components, HPE Distributed Cloud Networking, HPE Helion and HPE OneView, are key components of what will be the data center of the future.

Working with partners such as Key Information Systems, HPE is aiming to deliver cloud-enabled efficiencies to enterprise IT environments, as it takes The Machine from the test bed environment into the real world.

For more information about how to leverage the latest data center technologies from HPE, visit: https://www.keyinfo.com/partners/hpe/


Christopher Ticknor
Director of  Sales/Marketing