BMW unifies data management

BMW unifies data management

With the edge-to-cloud platform HPE GreenLake, BMW wants to merge data management across globally distributed locations and facilitate analyses. […]

As part of an agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the BMW Group will be purchasing cloud services for big data, data backup, restoration and legally compliant archiving, among other things. The carmaker wants to use it to manage globally distributed databases via a single platform in the cloud.

“Data is becoming a key factor for competitive advantages in the automotive industry – at the same time, the complexity of data management is increasing as data becomes more decentralized, voluminous, diverse and fast-moving,” said Antonio Neri, CEO and President of HPE, commenting on the deal. A unified cloud experience, with which any data can be managed regardless of location, could solve this problem. It serves as a basis for fully exploiting the value of the data.

The HPE GreenLake platform is designed to make it easier for the Bavarian carmaker to analyze data collected from electric test vehicles around the world. This could also accelerate the market launch of electric cars. The data relate, for example, to the battery temperature, power dissipation or the vehicle speed. They are collected via the HPE Ezmeral analytics and data lake platform. Data scientists and technicians of the BMW Group have thus been given universal and direct access to the data, regardless of its storage location, the IT provider promises in a press release.

HPE Ezmeral also provides customers with a catalog of analytics tools and data processes for analysis and simulation. HPE provides the system as a service through its HPE GreenLake platform. The underlying infrastructure consists of HPE Apollo and HPE ProLiant servers. The provider operates these in micro data centers distributed worldwide in combination with a virtual desktop infrastructure.

The IT group has continuously expanded its GreenLake platform offerings in the past. In June, HPE GreenLake Compute Ops Management, a cloud-native management console for server resources, will be available.

*Wolfgang Herrmann is Editorial Manager CIO Magazine at IDG Business Media. Previously, he was Deputy Editorial Director of the IDG publications COMPUTERWOCHE and CIO and editor-in-chief of the sister publication TecChannel.

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