HP Haven For Big Data
HP's Discover conference got under way yesterday with a number of releases that will certainly push it forward over the coming months. Included is the new big data platform that puts to use technologies it has acquired over the past years through the acquisitions of Vertica, ArcSight and Autonomy.


The new HAVEn platform targets petabytes of structured and unstructured information and while it aims to analyze and take meaning from all that information, it also aims to identify information that is not needed and which can be placed in low cost storage, or even dumped.

It comes with 700 connectors that enable it to hook up with all kinds of data sources -- including social media platforms, email applications, document management and image management systems -- in fact, any enterprise system that is generating content for the enterprise.

What will be a big plus for those who are considering it and who already have big data applications deployed in the enterprise is the fact that while HP is providing analytics applications with HAVEn, it also supports multi-vendor tools, which means enterprises can tie it in with existing tools and avoid vendor lock-in.

While HP is likely to be building up HAVEn for some time to come, its first effort at providing big data capabilities is HP Operations Analytics -- a combination of its business service management products and ArcSight, which provides data management tools.

It has also launched HP Vertica Community Edition that enables users to apply analytics to up to one terabyte of data before they have to upgrade to the paid enterprise edition.

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HP's Operations Analytics

Finally, it is also introducing a new set of services that will help users improve customer engagement and response time to market changes. HP Actionable Analytics Services enable clients to implement analytics and extract insight hidden within big data, as well as streamline key organizational processes, such as customer offers, procurement, and supply chain and inventory operations.

Autonomy Data Clean-Up

Elsewhere during yesterday’s sessions, the first big play from Autonomy was unveiled, although there will be more from here later today, in the shape of Legacy Data Cleanup.

This too addresses the problem of what CEO Robert Youngjohns described a digital landfills -– often forgotten data banks that are clogging up systems and costing enterprises a great deal of money.
Autonomy Legacy Data enables enterprises to create rules within the data policy management and then set the analytics to work, which analyzes all the legacy data stored in the system and advises on what should be done with it based on the data rules that have been drawn up.

While the figure of 50% to 70% in cost savings here may seem a little high, if you keep in mind what we have seen recently about the inability of enterprises to control their content, then it starts looking slightly less implausible.