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Leveraging IoT and mobility with an eye on security

Digital transformation is a competitive necessity and here’s how tech giant HPE aims to help enterprises accelerate their digital journey in three key areas.

Enterprises across all verticals have realised that digital transformation is the order of the day if they wish to thrive. In this scenario identifying and selecting the right technology becomes the first and biggest step for their business. With continuous advancements in big data, analytics and cloud, enterprises are scrambling to find solutions that help them understand and manage the transformation as per their requirements. They need tailor-made technologies that further their business goals. The two big disruptors of the moment are IoT and mobility, and they bring with them a serious threat to security. Helping enterprises figure their way through these disruptors is Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and here’s how the tech giant sees things shaping up in these three areas.

One of the big opportunities of the moment, IoT is the interconnection of multiple devices and platforms. It creates an exciting avenue for enterprises to engage with customers, create new business models and revenue streams, and glean greater insights into existing processes. Enterprises would do well to harness the massive amounts of data collected. Traditional IT data sources include enterprise data (like ERM, CRM HR), inventories, events, logs, processes, and controls. The new or emerging data sources seem almost limitless; they include social data/behaviours/sentiments, tweets, posts, comments, etc. Extracting value and business, engineering and scientific insights from this data is the challenge of the moment.

HPE offers computing solutions to meet this need. In the first stage, sensors/actuators collect data from devices, machines, people, tools, etc, which passes through Internet gateways for data acquisition control. Then comes the third stage, Edge IT, with analytics and pre-processing. The last stage is that of the data centre or cloud, with more analytics, along with management and archiving of the data. An enterprise might require insights in real-time, or aggregated for later use. There are some advantages to be noted for computing at the edge as opposed to sending all the data to the cloud. Computing at the edge reduces delay, avoids bandwidth consumption, reduces costs, decreases exposure to threats, and reduces chances of data corruption. In either scenario, HPE’s solution aims to deliver the right amount of compute to power IoT deployment, while also protecting the device data from theft, modification and exploitation. “The server market is undergoing enormous changes, impacted by technology megatrends like cloud, mobility, and big data. We see opportunity for growth coming from new implementations, government initiatives such as Smart Cities and Digital India and e-commerce players and service providers,” says Vikram K, Director, Servers, HPE India.

Intelligent Mobility
Enterprises need to harness the disruptive force of mobility to innovate around Edge IT. With constant innovations in technology the nature of work is changing, and the work force demographics are changing. You’re working with a generation that’s constantly on the mobile, so IT organisations need to scale network ops across wireless and wired infrastructure, enable high quality experience on mobile UC, stay compliant while embracing BYOD and IoT, deliver apps to remote locations in a heartbeat, and thereby improve workplace productivity and influence revenue growth. It’s a truly connected world and how an enterprise handles the synergy among people, machines, software and their environments will define the organisation’s ability to transform, achieve business outcomes and thrive. This is where HPE steps in, to enhance customer experiences anywhere, anytime, on any device, with applications built for specific tasks and industries; increase workforce engagement by ensuring secure collaboration and productivity across campuses and remote offices; and streamlining provisioning with zero-touch, profile-based interfaces. “Digital disruption is the new normal of technology and we at HPE are building a robust ecosystem of partners and customers to leverage this disruption and build future ready digital enterprises,” says Barun Lala, Director Indirect Sales, HPE India.

With the proliferation of mobility, social media, big data and cloud, there’s an urgent need to systematically manage threats from all avenues. Management, visibility and control of information, wherever or however it is used, whether by the workforce, partners or customers, is key to a more secure enterprise. With every increase in data volume and digitisation, there’s a corresponding increase in security threats. Security must move at the same speed as business, growing, branching out and transforming as the business does.

It’s no longer enough to just quickly respond to threats. Enterprises have to be proactive in their security setup so as to stay one step ahead of hackers and cyber criminals. Enterprise IT security must include proactive detection and thwarting of threats, as well as remedies for threats and attacks. Cyber attacks are not conceptualised and executed in a day. They are planned crimes that involve a lot of research, infiltration through a phishing attack and malware, which then leads to mapping of the breached environment and then capture. It’s necessary to have a corresponding security roadmap in place that foils each step of the attack’s life cycle. HPE understands this need for end-to-end security, and uses analytics and insight to create 360-degree security and risk assessment and security management tools, along with an adaptive trust defence. The idea is to effectively balance regulatory requirements, threats, asset protection and cyber-resiliency. 

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