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Local Technology Company C5 Alliance Host Hewlett Packard Enterprise Conference on Future Vision for The Channel Islands

June 23, 2017

Technology company C5 Alliance (C5) hosted a conference in Jersey on Wednesday 21st June, which gave local businesses an opportunity to hear the latest updates from Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE’s) senior strategists, including their perspective on how the Channels Islands can implement effective new technologies.

With some of HPE’s most senior experts speaking at the event, attendees heard from HPE EMEA Lead Technologist Andy Watson about the changing landscape of IT and HPE’s strategy for the Edge and Internet of Things (IoT), along with HPE’s Hybrid Cloud Leader, Steve Hubert on Hybrid IT solutions. There were also two joint presentations from C5 experts (Rob Leader and Jon Bishop) and HPE experts (Kim Brashares and Ian Stuart Anderson) about the importance of C5 and HPE Pointnext services to enable businesses to journey to ‘the Edge’, a term which describes data being processed immediately at the point it is produced, rather than in a cloud data centre.

The three key messages and themes emerging from HPE during the event included:

  1. The world will be hybrid – that means business applications will be managed in a mixture of the public cloud, such as Microsoft Azure, private cloud and on-premise
  2. As IoT becomes prolific, data will be processed at the Edge rather than in the cloud
  3. Services will be vital to help people transition to this new world of IT

Rob Leader, Group Managing Director of C5, commented:

“It has been fantastic to be able to partner with HPE on this event. It has been a unique opportunity for businesses in Jersey to hear HPE’s world-leading thought leadership on market factors that will impact us all. We are committed to working with HPE going forward to provide the services and support that the Channel Islands need to positively adapt to change.” 

Ian Stuart Anderson, HPE UK&I Distribution and Channel Manager, added:

“We need to prepare ourselves for a world where literally everything computes. This is not just a logistical challenge, but also a cultural one. For businesses and communities to be successful, including those in the Channel Islands, we need to encourage creativity and a willingness to be flexible and try new things. We are all being pushed to evolve beyond traditional IT and it is essential that we work with the right partners, like C5, to support businesses in their journey to embrace this change.”