New HP CoE

HP is planning to launch a new Center of Excellence (CoE) for in-memory computing that will allow enterprises to leverage transactional data in real-time to improve their business processes and reduce risk.

What is In-Memory Computing?

In-memory computing stors information in the RAM of dedicated servers, rather than relational databases. This helps businesses such as retailers, banks and utilities more quickly detect patterns and analyze large data volumes. When compared to traditional methods of separating data storage from processing elements, in-memory computing enables faster computation of large data sets. This gives companies the ability to quickly analyze data, driving innovation and reducing costs.

HP Center of Excellence

The new CoE is mostly going to focus on the SAP HANA platform and SAP Business Suite. HP will utilize a virtual team of engineers, developers and other experts with experience with SAP solutions from more than 60 countries, in more than 10 languages and use by more than 40,000 users.

The Center of Excellence will be powered by HP Converged Infrastructure and include offerings from:

  • HP Engineering Labs, which is part of HP Labs, HP’s central research branch, will help create new architectures and platforms that are optimized for use with in-memory computing environments.
  • HP Enterprise Services will contribute by helping to improve the business processes and application transformation to be enabled by SAP HANA.
  • HP servers, storage, networking and infrastructure management will validate and optimized the configurations for SAP SANA and the SAP business suite.
  • Application test and development will deliver on-premises, hosted and cloud deployments to accelerate the time to deployment as well as quality.

The “Project Kraken” in-memory platform

The first milestone reached by HP in their new CoE is an 8-terabyte, single image development platform that’s tuned for the SAP ERP and SAP Customer Relationship Management applications on SAP HANA.

The Lenovo Horizon 27

Tablet PC too small for your needs? Try this: a Table PC from Lenovo is designed for use as a table and includes multiuser software to make the experience more enjoyable. The Lenovo IdeaCenter Horizon is a 27-inch all-in-one touchscreen desktop PC that can work as a tabletop, and also includes a stand to turn it into a more standard all-in-one PC.
Lenovo Horizon 27
Aura software integrated with Windows 8 activates when the system is placed horizontally. Aura software brings up a circular widget with shortcuts to photos, videos, games, music, etc. The display can support up to 10 multipoint touch with gesture controls, which is particularly beneficial when considering that the PC is designed for group games.

Applications for the Horizon 27

So far, talk about the Horizon 27 has mostly focused on its consumer, “tabletop gaming PC” functions. However, without adequate application development and games, the product will be underwhelming even for early adopters. The new form factor doesn’t overflow with practical uses, aside from the fact that it does include a kickstand that allows it to be used as a standard, all-in-one touchscreen computer.

Horizon 27
Although the Horizon 27 includes a battery, it doesn’t last very long. It’s projected life is up to two hours, which may vary depending on the application you are using. This, along with it’s large size, make portability not one of its boasting points.
Lenovo IdeaCenter Horizon 27
According to Lenovo, the IdeaCenter Horizon will be available with:

  • Up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Up to Windows 8 Pro
  • 27″ backlit full HD (1920×1080) multi-touch display; 16:9 widescreen
  • Up to 2 hours battery life
  • Up to 1TB HDD
  • Up to 8GB DDR3
Horizon 27 runs Windows 8
The Horizon 27 is expected to be released some time this summer.