HP Discover 2013: Big data analytics platform 'Haven' launched

Following the launch of its 3PAR StoreServ storage system today, HP is driving for another key segment of the enterprise by unveiling a brand new platform for handling big data.

HAVEn, as it is stylised, brings a host of applications and solutions to the table using HP’s analytics software, hardware, and services, enabling big data analysts to extract the information they need.

The platform promises to provide all the key tools required for effective use of big data, as organisations wrestle with the optimum methods for dealing with the data explosion. In fact, research commissioned by HP found nearly 60 per cent of companies surveyed will spend at least 10 per cent of their ‘innovation budget’ on big data this year, and the US firm will be keen to capitalise on the spend with HAVEn.

The launch arrives on the first official day of HP Discover 2013 in Las Vegas, which we’re reporting from live.

A primary facet of HAVEn is HP Operations Analytics, which delivers insight into all aspects of an organisation’s IT operations, helping analysts optimise usage and systems across the board. Another key element is HP Actionable Intelligence Solutions, enabling companies to monitor and improve processes such as customer offers, procurement, and supply chain operations.

Elsewhere, notable attributes include HAVEn’s open architecture supporting a wide range of analytics tools so organisations can avoid vendor lock-in, as well as compatibility with numerous virtualisation technologies.

“The value of big data comes from the ability of an organisation to analyse all of its data in real time and make either automated or human assisted decisions to better serve customer and citizens,” said George Kadifa, executive vice president of software at HP. “Only HP has the approach and portfolio to help organisations unleash the power of big data to deliver the best enterprise outcomes.”

Big data continues to be a topic that cannot be avoided by organisations in the modern IT landscape, and the subject came into focus with some intriguing discussions at the recent Digital Shoreditch festival in London. While the merits of big data and its link to a healthier and fairer planet were put forward by IBM, it was also noted by industry experts that firms like Google could do “unspeakably evil things” with their almost limitless access to our data.