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IoT: Living in the Material World

As the Internet of Things moves into the mainstream, connected devices are changing the way people interact with the world and with technology. However, what will that world look like when more IoT devices come online? A Las Vegas showroom floor holds some answers.

At Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Discover user conference this week, the company showed off how it's using IoT to create new products in several different fields, including manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot), video, smart cities and healthcare.

IoT, along with hybrid cloud and edge computing, is one of several areas that HPE is expanding to, and all three are connected. As devices collect more and more data, this information is being stored in the cloud. However, many companies want to analyze and then use the data faster, so much of that is happening on the edge and not in the full data center.

Gartner predicts that spending on endpoints and services will total $2 trillion.

How much IoT will change the world is still unknown, but the demos that HPE laid out offered a glimpse of how connected and smart devices are encroaching and where the industry's thinking is headed.

Check out some of our images from the showroom floor, as well as our coverage of the Discover show, and then let us know what you think in the comments section.

IoT at HPE Discover.
IoT at HPE Discover.

(All images by Scott Ferguson for Enterprise Cloud News.)

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— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.

Susan Fourtané 6/30/2017 | 11:21:52 PM
Crystal pyramid Scott -- Do you know what's that crystal pyramid in the first picture? It looks intriguing. -Susan
[email protected] 6/13/2017 | 2:10:27 PM
Re: Lab environment Yes, we were still in our infancy in those days--dial up was still alive and well! In the future, 3G will feel like the dark ages and we will be accustomed to more seamless integration and applications that work together out of the box. OI am looking forward to the death of the app that fills up my phone. How many apps do we really need the management is ridiculous!
Phil_Britt 6/12/2017 | 10:20:35 AM
Re: Lab environment I know things are better today, but it's rare that in an office or home you have everything as cleanly connected as it can be in a "lab" environment. Of course, there are exceptions. In the late 1990s, I covered a wireless conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, and you couldn't get a wireless connection on the conference floor.
[email protected] 6/12/2017 | 10:10:33 AM
Re: Lab environment PhillBrit, while that is often true technology today is easier to integrate than the tech that was built years ago. Furthermore, most developers understand that integration is key and build for that purpose today. Years ago there was not as much need for integration because the software was often stand alone and the hardware infrastructure resided solely on a physical site. Our world has completely changed....
Phil_Britt 6/12/2017 | 3:17:10 AM
Lab environment The issue with anything like this dsiplayed at a conference or similar setting is that everything works (or should) without integration, communication or other issues. While IoT is certainly here and moving quickly into retail and other industries, it's still in the top part of the hype cycle, as Gartner terms it.
Scott_Ferguson 6/9/2017 | 4:41:07 PM
Re: pic @Ariella: Correct. HPE wanted to show off the whole ecosystem. Basically, the underneath is the data center where everything is stored and where the data is analyzed.
Ariella 6/9/2017 | 4:38:04 PM
Re: pic So it includes the servers. That's why it's a big piece of equipment. I'm so used to thinking of IoT devices as small things that can be carried anywhere. But you do need the back-end for the computing power. 
Scott_Ferguson 6/9/2017 | 4:31:15 PM
Re: pic @Ariella: The first pix is the same as the second, just a wide-angle shot that's not as closely cropped. It's the maintiance program from the shop floor. The bottom part is the HPE servers and networking that form the back-end of the system. 
Ariella 6/9/2017 | 4:28:28 PM
pic What is in the first picture? It looks rather formidable!
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