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Above the Clouds: What Modern IT Portends



The explosion in Cloud computing threatens to make traditional business models and practices in information technology obsolete.


What once was only available to large sophisticated businesses is now accessible to many with a connection to a cloud service and access to open source software.


These shifts imply that value cannot only come from building and selling large complex systems and computing resources. Increasingly, value is being generated from novel mechanisms and business models that are built around this rapidly commoditizing information technology rather than the machines themselves. Chiefly among them, we envision the rise of outcome-based services, i.e. services that can be purchased at different price points depending on the output quality-level selected.


HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – HP Labs Pavilion to showcase new technologies for The Machine

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The HP Labs Pavilion at HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas will feature many of the technologies set to power The Machine, HP’s ambitious research project to radically rethink computing.


Located in the Discover Zone expo area, the pavilion will offer demos, prototypes, mock-ups, and simulators showcasing some of the novel hardware and software innovations being developed by HP researchers to enable the collection, processing, storage, and analysis of data at unprecedented scale and speed.


“We’re excited to be sharing some of the real progress that we’ve made in the year since we announced The Machine,” says HP Labs strategy and communications manager Martina Trucco, who will also moderate a discussion panel offering ‘A Peek Under the Hood of The Machine’ in the Innovation Theater on Discover’s opening day.

HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – Jeongkeun Lee leads a conversation on automating network policy



Jeongkeun-Lee_thumbnail.jpg“Software Defined Networking (SDN) gives us the framework we’ve long needed for dynamically  managing large enterprise networks, but simplifying and automating that management remains a huge challenge,” suggests HP Labs researcher Jeongkeun Lee.


At HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas on June 3rd, Lee will lead a discussion of this issue (titled “Simplify and automate policy management – a conversation with HP Labs”) and share new research from HP’s Networking and Mobility Lab that points to a modularized and distributed approach to network control.


“With the success of the Internet, and its increased use in a variety of applications, networking has gotten more complex in recent years and requires automation to run at scale,” Lee notes.  “Yet, some tasks such as network policy management is still largely manual.”

HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – Senior researchers to offer “a peek under the hood of The Machine”

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The opening Innovation Theatre session at HP Discover 2015 will take a “peek under the hood” of The Machine, HP Labs’ biggest research project that is radically rethinking computing for the age of massive data flows.


The June 2nd event brings together a panel of distinguished researchers to discuss how new technologies being developed in HP Labs promise to fuse memory and storage, flatten data hierarchies, bring processing closer to data, embed security throughout the hardware and software stacks, and enable system management at massive scale.


“Last year we gave people a first look at the Machine; this year we’re sharing the progress that we’ve made toward making it a reality,” says HP Labs strategy and communications manager, Martina Trucco, who will moderate the discussion.

HP Labs at Discover Las Vegas – Kimberly Keeton on software innovation for The Machine



Kim.jpgThe Machine is being developed by HP Labs to transform the way we collect, process, store, and analyze data, notes HP Labs principal researcher Kimberly Keeton.


“The Machine will offer us access to persistently stored data at unprecedented speed,” she explains. “But we won’t reap the full benefits of that innovation if we don’t change how software works, as well.”


In a presentation titled “Reimagining systems and application software for The Machine: a sneak peek from HP Labs” at HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas on June 4th, Keeton will present how HP Labs researchers charged with developing systems and application software for The Machine are rethinking some of our most fundamental assumptions about how software and hardware interact.



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  • Managing Editor, Innovation @ HP Labs blog, Strategic Planning manager at HP Labs
  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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