Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. unveiled new machines that blend networking, computing and software technologies to help companies manage the flood of information being generated by Internet-connected gadgets and devices. 

The new suite of products, called Edgeline, will help organizations quickly gather and analyze data near its source, instead of communicating back-and-forth with corporate data centers, HPE said in a statement Wednesday.

The Internet of Things initiative is one of the first announcements following the company’s split from the more consumer-focused HP Inc. HPE, created from the more business-oriented pieces of Hewlett-Packard Co. last month, unveiled the products at its Discover 2015 conference in London. They include gear developed with Intel Corp., announced last week. HPE Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman is seeking to drive growth as she competes for customers with Cisco Systems Inc., Dell Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. The number of connected gadgets -- from factory robots and door locks to refrigerators and light bulbs -- is projected to grow 30 percent next year to 6.4 billion devices, according to Gartner Inc.

"It’s a huge market," said Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager at HPE.

Aruba Networks, which Hewlett-Packard acquired prior to the split, also unveiled new sensors to track beacons, or pieces of hardware that help provide location data via Wi-Fi networks.

"You can unleash the benefit of IoT without compromising the security and the manageability of the IT network," Dominic Orr, senior vice president and general manager at Aruba.

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