HPE acquires AI, big data vendor BlueData

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HPE acquires AI, big data vendor BlueData

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is injecting artificial intelligence and big data software into its existing software-defined infrastructure with the acquisition Tuesday of startup BlueData.

"BlueData has developed an innovative and effective solution to address the pain points all companies face when contemplating, implementing and deploying AI/ML and big data analytics," said Milan Shetti, senior vice president and general manager of HPE's storage and big data global business unit, in a statement.

"Adding BlueData's complementary software platform to HPE's market-leading Apollo systems and professional services is consistent with HPE's data-first strategy and enables our customers to extract insights from data—whether on-premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid architecture."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The startup, named to CRN USA's 2018 Big Data 100 list, owns a software platform that leverages container technology to make it simpler and more cost-effective to deploy large-scale machine- learning and big data analytics environments. HPE plans to leverage BlueData's container-based platform to help customers improve agility and reduce their infrastructure costs.

"Data is fuel, and BlueData's software is the engine that helps businesses consume their data and deliver insights in the most effective and efficient way," said BlueData co-founder and CEO Kumar Sreekanti in a statement.

"We've had tremendous customer success by providing a turnkey solution that delivers an as-a-service experience for AI and big data, and are excited to reach even more customers as part of HPE."

By 2022, the total addressable market for AI, machine learning and big data is expected to grow to approximately US$160 billion, according to research firm IDC.

BlueData's software, which incorporates Docker's container technology, is used to deploy big data workloads on-premises, in a public cloud or in a hybrid model. BlueData EPIC (Elastic Private Instant Clusters) is a Big-Data-as-a-Service platform for on-demand provisioning of Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, and other big data analytics and data science tools.

The acquisition is expected to close in HPE's first fiscal quarter, ending 31 January 2019. HPE Discover is taking placing this week in Madrid.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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