New Enterprise Blockchain Service On The Block: Can Hewlett Packard Enterprise Compete?

Antonio Neri, president and chief executive officer of Hewitt Packerd Enterprise (HPE). Photographer: Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg

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The rush to join the enterprise blockchain era has taken off significantly in 2019. Fifty companies worth over a billion dollars are pioneering the space and have been profiled on Forbes with hundreds more waiting in the wings. But in this ecosystem, the demand for blockchain services is high, while the supply is slightly monopolized.

Offering viable and workable blockchain services have come into the wheelhouse of players such as IBM and the Linux Foundation with HyperLedger – which accounts for over 50 percent of the blockchain services used by those on Forbes’ Blockchain 50 list. There are also others like Amazon, with its Amazon Web Services blockchain, as well as the R3 consortium, Microsoft, and Oracle.

Another, less spoken about enterprise-grade blockchain solution offerer is Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). HPE is the enterprise Lab of the 80-year-old information technology company that was founded in November of 2015.

HPE’s blockchain offerings include their Mission Critical Distributed Ledger Technology, allowing customers to execute distributed ledger workloads in environments that demand 100 percent fault tolerance, and are fully scalable. Also included is HPE Pointnext, a workshop, proof of value, and implementation services for blockchain aimed at helping businesses define their use cases, as well as design and test potential solutions in order to maintain ‘operational excellence.’

HPE has already partnered with automotive manufacturing company Continental to put vehicle data on the blockchain in a Data Monetization Platform (DMP), but will they be able to go further to become a real force in the growing world of enterprise blockchain services?

Entering the race

HPE’s blockchain offerings have been aimed at many sectors, including financial customers, automakers, and airlines. Their Mission Critical Distributed Ledger Technology is based on R3 Corda and can be deployed on-premises as well as in the cloud or a hybrid environment.

Their DLT only came available in early 2018, at a time where cryptocurrency markets were in decline, but enterprise blockchain interest was piquing. However, as a report from 451 Research outlines, HPE was already behind the pack of IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft by this time.

HPE is, however, embracing the open source and collaborative feeling of this space by partnering with strategic partners including Intel, Microsoft, and R3, to provide a blockchain solution. They are also working with Accenture and PwC to help customers understand the benefits and challenges of blockchain.

HPE is a member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and is even talking with Hyperledger to learn how it can help customers that use those platforms. Under the Pointnext umbrella, HPE offers hackathons where developers work with HPE experts on use cases and proofs of concept.

Most of the focus with this enterprise offering from HPE is therefore B2B transactions, but they are also looking ahead with the combining of AI, blockchain, and IoT.

A competitive space

There has been enough interest from enterprises and major businesses for a bevy of information technology companies to try and lead the way with packageable enterprise blockchain solutions.

The technology may be very nascent, but some well-regarded names in the space; pioneers of computing; are doing their best to be at the forefront of a new era of technology. Microsoft and IBM are old foes in the emerging technology game, and these are just a few of the companies HPE is up against.

IBM’s Blockchain Platform, along with a series of consulting services, enables organizations to quickly activate, develop, operate, govern, and secure their own blockchain-enabled business networks. It is based on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric framework and Hyperledger Composer blockchain application development tool and runs in the IBM Cloud.

The permeation of Hyperledger and IBM’s blockchain offering is highly evident across some of the most prominent enterprises currently. The reputation of the company and the power of Hyperledger offers a secure and flexible solution that many are already flocking to.

Then there is Microsoft, another pioneer of the technology age. It is a founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and its blockchain-as-a-service offering was designed to work with the Ethereum blockchain, the original smart contract chain

Microsoft’s Confidential Consortium (Coco) Framework is intended to reduce the complicated development techniques needed to meet the operational and security needs of enterprises. Coco reevaluates existing assumptions of public blockchains in the context

of a permissioned consortium where participants are known.

With Coco, Microsoft expects to offer a foundation with which existing blockchain protocols can be integrated to deliver enterprise-ready solutions.

Newer companies that are also trying to get their slice of the merging pie include Amazon, Oracle, and Chain Inc with all of their offerings also aimed at being enterprise-grade.

HPE has the benefit of a reliable and trustworthy brand, as well as the right business links and partnerships already in the space. It now has to be seen if they can make a big enough splash in the industry to disrupt the monopoly that is building from IBM, Microsoft, and the rest.

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McAfee’s Latest Move Could Change the Way Foreign Governments Conduct Cyber Warfare

U.S.-based cyber firm McAfee said it will no longer permit foreign governments to scrutinize the source code of its products, halting a practice some security experts have warned could be leveraged by nation-states to carry out cyber attacks.

Reuters reported in June that McAfee was among several Western technology companies that had acceded in recent years to greater demands by Moscow for access to source code, the instructions that control basic operations of computer equipment.

The reviews, conducted in secure facilities known as “clean rooms” by Russian companies with expertise in technology testing, are required by Russian defense agencies for the stated purpose of ensuring no hidden “backdoors” exist in foreign-made software.

But security experts and former U.S. officials have said those inspections provide Russia with opportunities to find vulnerabilities that could be exploited in offensive cyber operations.

McAfee ended the reviews earlier this year after spinning off from Intel intc in April as an independent company, a McAfee spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters last week.

The company declined to give a precise timeline for when it stopped allowing such reviews.

“The new McAfee has defined all its own new processes, reflecting business, competitive and threat landscapes unique to our space,” the spokeswoman said. “This decision is a result of this transition effort.”

She added that there had been no evidence of a security issue related to the reviews.

Related: Hackers Behind Crippling Cyberattacks Worldwide Earlier This Year Probably Involved With BadRabbit

McAfee’s decision follows a similar move by competitor Symantec symc , which in early 2016 adopted a global policy of refusing to comply with any government-mandated source code reviews required to win entry to a market.

Symantec Chief Executive Greg Clark told Reuters earlier this month the decision resulted from fears the agreements would compromise the security of its products.

Reuters reported this month that Hewlett Packard Enterprise hpe allowed one such testing company, Echelon, to review on behalf of a Russian defense agency the source code of cyber defense software known as ArcSight, which is used by the Pentagon to guard its computer networks.

That arrangement has prompted questions from lawmakers in Washington amid broader concerns about Russia’s use of digital means to sow discord and interference in elections in the United States and other Western countries, allegations the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

In a letter last week to Defense Secretary James Mattis, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked how the Pentagon manages risks when using software that has been scrutinized by foreign governments.

HPE has said in the past that such reviews have taken place for years at a research and development center it operates outside of Russia.

Related: Twitter Is Banning Ads From These Russian News Agencies

The software maker has also said it closely supervised the process and that no code was allowed to leave the premises, ensuring it did not compromise the safety of its products. A company spokeswoman said earlier this month that no current HPE products have undergone Russian source code reviews.

ArcSight was sold to British tech company Micro Focus International in a deal completed in September.

Micro Focus said this month that while source code reviews were a common industry practice, it would restrict future reviews by “high-risk” governments and subject them to chief executive approval.

McAfee also allowed Echelon to review its software source code, Reuters reported in June. Such tests were conducted in a secure environment at a McAfee facility in the United States where the source code could not be copied, a spokeswoman said.

The company spokeswoman said the new policy would prohibit third-party entities, including Echelon, from doing reviews on behalf of governments.

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McAfee’s Latest Decision Could Change the Way Foreign Governments Conduct Cyber Warfare

U.S.-based cyber firm McAfee said it will no longer permit foreign governments to scrutinize the source code of its products, halting a practice some security experts have warned could be leveraged by nation-states to carry out cyber attacks.

Reuters reported in June that McAfee was among several Western technology companies that had acceded in recent years to greater demands by Moscow for access to source code, the instructions that control basic operations of computer equipment.

The reviews, conducted in secure facilities known as “clean rooms” by Russian companies with expertise in technology testing, are required by Russian defense agencies for the stated purpose of ensuring no hidden “backdoors” exist in foreign-made software.

But security experts and former U.S. officials have said those inspections provide Russia with opportunities to find vulnerabilities that could be exploited in offensive cyber operations.

McAfee ended the reviews earlier this year after spinning off from Intel intc in April as an independent company, a McAfee spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters last week.

The company declined to give a precise timeline for when it stopped allowing such reviews.

“The new McAfee has defined all its own new processes, reflecting business, competitive and threat landscapes unique to our space,” the spokeswoman said. “This decision is a result of this transition effort.”

She added that there had been no evidence of a security issue related to the reviews.

Related: Hackers Behind Crippling Cyberattacks Worldwide Earlier This Year Probably Involved With BadRabbit

McAfee’s decision follows a similar move by competitor Symantec symc , which in early 2016 adopted a global policy of refusing to comply with any government-mandated source code reviews required to win entry to a market.

Symantec Chief Executive Greg Clark told Reuters earlier this month the decision resulted from fears the agreements would compromise the security of its products.

Reuters reported this month that Hewlett Packard Enterprise hpe allowed one such testing company, Echelon, to review on behalf of a Russian defense agency the source code of cyber defense software known as ArcSight, which is used by the Pentagon to guard its computer networks.

That arrangement has prompted questions from lawmakers in Washington amid broader concerns about Russia’s use of digital means to sow discord and interference in elections in the United States and other Western countries, allegations the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

In a letter last week to Defense Secretary James Mattis, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked how the Pentagon manages risks when using software that has been scrutinized by foreign governments.

HPE has said in the past that such reviews have taken place for years at a research and development center it operates outside of Russia.

Related: Twitter Is Banning Ads From These Russian News Agencies

The software maker has also said it closely supervised the process and that no code was allowed to leave the premises, ensuring it did not compromise the safety of its products. A company spokeswoman said earlier this month that no current HPE products have undergone Russian source code reviews.

ArcSight was sold to British tech company Micro Focus International in a deal completed in September.

Micro Focus said this month that while source code reviews were a common industry practice, it would restrict future reviews by “high-risk” governments and subject them to chief executive approval.

McAfee also allowed Echelon to review its software source code, Reuters reported in June. Such tests were conducted in a secure environment at a McAfee facility in the United States where the source code could not be copied, a spokeswoman said.

The company spokeswoman said the new policy would prohibit third-party entities, including Echelon, from doing reviews on behalf of governments.

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Trade at the Speed of Business with HPE and Arista Networking

In the fast, hyper-competitive world of digital and automated high-frequency trading (HFT), “delay” is a dirty word. This is an arena where exchanges, brokerages, trading firms, even independent investors must execute transactions faster than the rest. It’s also an unforgiving world where milliseconds can either make or break your profit potential.

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Your infrastructure—server, networking, and storage—plays a vital role in your success. It must deliver the low latency and high availability required of today’s high-speed transactions, while also providing greater agility and scalability for tomorrow’s growing transaction volumes. Success in this business requires a powerful and proven foundational infrastructure that can operate faster. And it begins with HPE and Arista networking solutions.

Execute transactions faster with powerful compute and networking

HPE offers complete servers, storage, and networking solutions that help ensure sustained high availability of infrastructure and high performance of business applications. Our end-to-end solution includes:

  • HPE Apollo 2000 server system—A flexible 2U shared infrastructure that can accommodate up to four servers, delivering an efficient, density-optimized platform in a traditional rack mount form factor for HFT workloads.
  • Arista 7300 switch series—A leading ultra-low-latency 1RU networking platform that provides a unique combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and a balanced set of resources for the needs of financial markets.

Trade at the speed of business

We know you’re good at what you do, so let’s make sure your equipment adds to your advantage. Shave critical time off each transaction with an industry-leading infrastructure designed and optimized for high-frequency trading. The HPE and Arista solution delivers on its promise of:

  • Lower latency: Arista’s cut-through switch architecture can reduce an additional critical microseconds over store-and-forward designs, using an efficient two-tier topology with leaf and spine switches.
  • High availability: Leverage reliable Arista switches and HPE ProLiant world-class engineering and advisory service expertise from HPE Pointnext for tuning and optimizing your system for maximum frequency.
  • Agility and scalability: Take advantage of flexible architectures and software-defined networking to create a highly available and adaptable network that can be best tailored for your business needs.

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Get the most from your solution with HPE Pointnext

Because one size rarely fits all, HPE Pointnext provides a broader offering of advisory, transformation, and operational services that deliver strategic implementation and operational assistance to meet your unique needs and requirements. We also offer a flexible pay-per use model—with HPE Flexible Capacity—that gives you options in terms of financing.

Overcome undesirable latency and trading delays and move ahead of the pack with every transaction. Discover just what’s possible with HPE and Arista networking by contacting your HPE sales rep or visiting HPE Data Center Networking for more information.

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How a ‘Bad Bank’ Beat the Bad Guys

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It’s not easy for a bank to protect itself against cyber crime. And it’s much harder when there are hackers who make it their mission to take the bank down. To win, the bank needs some seriously strong security.

In 2012, Spain’s economy was in deep recession. The European Union came to the rescue with more than US$100 billion. But there were conditions: one of them—Spain had to set up a “bad bank,” a bank that would help restore the health of the nation’s ailing private banks by taking on their soured real estate assets.

So Spain set up Sareb—and Sareb set out on its mission of absorbing toxic real estate loans and properties from banks on the brink of failure because of collapsing property prices. Sareb took on almost 200,000 assets worth more than US$54 billion. Next step: Triage the assets and sell the salvageable ones back into the market.

All good, right? Not quite. Some Spanish citizens were angry at the bailout of failing banks. And hackers, always on the lookout for a target, put Sareb in their crosshairs. They launched a major zero-day attack and a CryptoLocker ransomware attack. They even created a malicious app called Sareb Go (after Pokemon Go), in which hackers tried to take Sareb assets by force.

Sareb had almost no security shield—no firewalls, no data-loss prevention, no threat protection. It needed a strong security infrastructure—and because it was on a strict schedule to liquidate assets, it needed it fast.

So Sareb went straight to the top. It called on Symantec and implementation partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and together they deployed a bulletproof solution for endpoint and email gateways.

Mission accomplished. Sareb can now uncover and investigate any suspicious events, search for particular indicators of compromise, get deep threat visibility, and remediate every attack artifact across all endpoints.

And Sareb can always call on Symantec and HPE experts for help. “You can own a Ferrari and it’s a great car,” says Gabriel Moline, corporate security manager at Sareb. “But if you don’t know how to drive it properly, what’s the use of having it? With Symantec and HPE, I have a high-end race car that I can expertly drive.”

Explore more … read the entire case study.

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Accelerate Data Center Transformation with new HPE Arista Consulting, Support and Products

Learn how HPE expands our Arista Networks partnership to help customers transform to Hybrid IT environments with consulting and data center networking solutions.

On March 6, Hewlett Packard Enterprise continued to expand our strategic Arista Networks partnership with the introduction of a host of comprehensive, new HPE Technology Consulting, Support Services, plus the addition of innovative new Arista HPE Networking Data Center Transformation_blog.jpgswitching solutions. These new offerings are targeted at helping you transition to hybrid, software-defined and cloud data centers.

Ready for Hybrid IT transformation?

Getting started on this journey can be quite daunting and many organizations would benefit from having a trusted advisor to help them navigate though the complexity. HPE and Arista are uniquely positioned to help your organization transition to Hybrid IT enviroments.

In order to reduce transformation risk, HPE offers a very mature methodology which can take you on a guided approch with a focue on necesarry steps to make this change. We account for technology, people, process and ongoing operations. We help manage risk while helping you transform your operations while keeping your business running.

Regardless of your starting point, HPE can help you develop and execute a transformation through a series of pragmatic steps, applying our proven HPE Trusted Network Transformation methodology to mitigate the risks of change.

HPE’s full portfolio of consulting services around all Arista products includes:

  • Lifecycle Services: Strategy | Assess | Design | Integrate | Optimize
  • Global capabilities to integrate the Arista portfolio into customers environment
  • Experts to demystify, advise and articulate the value of Arista’s Software Driven Cloud Networking

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HPE is also introducing a portfolio of Arista Network Support Services that go beyond Arista’s one-year limited warranty and service offering. Our portoflio includes: Startup Services, Foundation Care services, Proactive Care services and Datacenter Care.TS.pngHPE IT Services deliver unmatched depth and breadth of expertise with global reach—all while leveraging your existing investments. Whether you’re an industry leader or a growing startup, we’ll help accelerate your IT transformation journey to drive business further.

Powering mission critical, software-defined data center workloads

In addition to these new support offerings, HPE has been aggressively integrating Arista networking into HPE Data Center Infrastructure Group (DCIG) solution offerings. We’ve been collaborating on addressing many of your most pressing data center and cloud networking use cases, including highly virtualized data centers, IP storage, high performance computing (HPC) and data center security. Let take a closer look:

Virtualization is unprecedented demands on the data center, accelerating the evolution of new application architectures and is having profound effects on the network.

  • HPE and Arista offer a comprehensive portfolio of virtualization solutions and services that span HPE ProLiant ML/DL300, DL500 or Apollo 2000 System servers, VMware vSphere and Arista 7050X and 7250QX 10/40GbE wire speed switches—purpose built to address the growth of web, cloud and dense virtualized multi-tenancy environments.

IP Storage: The cost of deploying/maintaining traditional storage networks is growing exponentially. New requirements for compliance and new applications such as analytics drives ever-increasing volumes of unstructured data collection.

  • HPE and Arista bring together a best of breed SDS architectures to support emerging software-defined cloud network and IP Storage based use cases. These HPE solutions span across our HPE StoreVirtual, ProLiant, Blade, Apollo Servers, Scality Ring and Arista 7280E 100GbE deep buffers switches optimized for and lossless spline/leaf storage networks.

High Performance Computing: HPC is continually increasing in size, density, power requirements, storage, and performance. As these systems grow, the network becomes more and more important to allow full utilization of compute resources. Many HPC environments tend to neglect managing the network.

  • HPE and Arista are collaborating on HPC architectural best practices that take advantage of software defined networks to scale large cluster growth and low costs and drive high compute efficiencies. Our HPE HPC product portfolio spans our Apollo servers and SGI HPC system along with Arista 7500E in the core and 7150 and 7050X Series switches at the edge to support 10/40/100GbE networks.

Data center security: This encompasses greater network scale, virtualization, big data and analytic security requirements, protecting critical data and end-user privacy and assuring business continuity. This in turn is leading to a demand for a new approach in network and data security.

  • HPE continues to offer innovative new Arista products and solutions such as Arista AlgoMatch™, an advanced network enforcement solution for modern cloud networking along with the new Arista 7160 Series25/100GbE programmable switch which provides a flexible and scalable solution for access control, telemetry and secure cloud networking.
  • Arista Data ANalyZer DANZ 2017support for the Arista R-Series Universal Leaf and Spine platforms, bringing improved visibility to 25G and 100G networks. DANZ, powered by Arista EOS® combined with AristaCloudVision® for automation and telemetry, delivers the hyperscale visibility platform required to secure today’s cloud centric applications and workflows.

To learn more about the HPE Arista Networks partnership, check out the inforamtion below. Or contact your local HPE sales team or channel partner.

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HPE and Arista accelerate customers transition to a software define-data center

Last month at the HPE Global Partner Conference, Antonio Neri announced that Arista Networks would become HPE’s preferred networking partner for customers embracing software-defined infrastructure and cloud. This new strategic partnership expands and complements our current data center networking portfolio while also helping accelerate our customer’s transition to Hybrid IT and next-generation software defined cloud data centers.

Starting today– HPE customers and partners can purchase Arista Networks data center switching products directly from HPE. Learn more about these solutions by visitinghttps://www.hpe.com/us/en/networking/data-center.html

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Why is this good for HPE customers?

HPE and Arista share a common vision around the need to deliver secure Hybrid IT solutions built on industry-leading software-defined infrastructure helping customers to operate their workloads with speed and agility to grow their business. This partnership will provide our customers with best of breed networking solutions that are superior to legacy networking solutions and that are complementary to our HPE Data Center Infrastructure Group (DCIG) solutions including HPE compute, storage, virtualization and cloud offerings.

Supercharge Your Data Center with HPE and Arista Networks –SL11887

If your headed to HPE Discover in London – you can join HPE’s Dom Wilde and Paddy Power Betfair’s Richard Haigh to learn more about this exciting new partnership and how HPE and Arista can help you design a simplified, higher scaling and more automated software-defined data center.

Not attending Discover London?Tune in to the live streamstarting November 29, 2016 to watch all of the general sessions with Meg, spotlight sessions, innovation sessions and digital executive interviews.

What other data center networking solutions are we showcasing at Discover London 2016?

HPE 25/100GbE Networking Solutions – demo #11447 –ourHPE serverand networking teams have joined forces with solutions that spans HPE servers, network adapters, transceivers, cables and Ethernet switches designed and tested to deliver a comprehensive 25/100GbE networking ecosystem. View our25/100GbE Infographicto see if these solutions are a fit for you!

HPE Network Virtualization – demo #11086 and #11087 –solutions that help make networks as readily consumable as compute resources. HPE Distributed Cloud Networking(DCN) and VMware NSX help datacenter operators manage a distributed, multi datacenter environment in a simple, open and agile way leveraging SDN and network virtualization.

HPE Ethernet VPN– demo #11084 –EVPN has emerged to offer a strong end-to-end solution for datacenter VXLAN networks. This demo will showcase howHPE EVPNenables multi-tenancy and application mobility in your data center.

Arista Networks Software-defined Cloud Networking – demo #11213 –The HPE-Arista partnership advances customer capabilities in maximizing the value of their networks in supporting mission-critical workloads with simplified management and provisioning, rapid service delivery and lowering total cost of ownership.

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