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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day: Session 3 (live blogging)

June 15th, 2010 No comments

This is an attempt to live blog at the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day: Session 3

John Harker: Product Marketing, HDP, Virtualization products and stragegy

John Yarborough: Technical Ops

Larry Korbus: Product Manager, Array Based Virtualization

11:32: USP and USP V storage arrays, external storage

11:33: Tiering within Arrays (using Tiering models like Tier 1, Tier 2, TIer 3, Tier 4) and external storage.

11:34: All the above is done through using Storage Virtualization using the storage virtualization layer that will help extend the life of legacy arrays.

11:44: Dynamic Provisioning is applicable both on the USP and the AMS platforms

11: 45: Simple Provisioning, capacity leveling, automated performance optimization, performance, load balancing, reclamation, savings related to replication, IT agility, reduce OPEX and CAPEX

11:48: HDP is included in AMS but is chargeable on the USP

11:55: Zero Page reclaim discussion.

11:57: Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning also uses Symantec Storage Foundation, VxFS. Cleaning filesystems

11:47: All questions related to Zero Page reclaim, HDP, external storage

12:11: White board session related HDP, External storage, storage virtualization

12:14: HDS denotes Cache in an array as $ (Cash)

12:15: These sessions are quite technical, very interesting, white boards

12:16: USPV does add latency to IO, though measurable very little

12:17: Hitachi Device Manager demo

12:30: I am loving this…demo

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1:00 to 2:15: Did an infosmack podcast with Greg Kneireimen, Hu Yoshida, Nigel Poulton

Miki Sandorfi,  Chief Strategist, File, Content and Cloud

Linda Xu, Senior Director, File, Content and Cloud

Missed most of this session, this was a great session on UCP (Universal Compute Platform), I wish someone recorded this

2:25: Talking about Orchestration layer on the UCP

2:30: Networking partner has not been disclosed yet……..BUT THINK OF IT AS…..

2:45: Lots of questions on UCP…..lots of answers on UCP, good discussion

2:46: Orchestration is provided using Microsoft Systems Manager and Virtual machine manager

2:47: A bit of comparison to VBlocks, some questions asked.

259: Integration platform to enable cloud like services for private cloud, public clouds, storage as a service, infrastructure as a service, orchestration, tiering using existing Hitachi Storage technologies.

3:06: Real life experience unified IT and how customers are driving more efficiency into organization and how they are managing to use automation.

3:15: Demo of the Unified Compute Platform Orchestration software

3:30 Lab tour now….and no pictures…

Disclaimer: Though we are not required, it is up to the attendees to blog and tweet about this event if they wish to. Our travel, boarding and lodging expenses for two days will be paid by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day: Session 2 (live blogging)

June 15th, 2010 No comments

This is an attempt to live blog at the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day. Session 2

Hu Yoshida, CTO Hitachi Data Systems

The technical discussion kicks off….video coming soon….

9:56: Common platform for all data, Storage Virtualization

9:57: Storage Virtualization requirements including applications, multitenancy, scalability, transparency, etc.

9:59: Storage Virtualization in-band, out-of-band vs USPV

10:01:Dynamically provision new services in seconds

10:02: Convert fat volumes into thin volumes by moving them into the pool

10:03: Optimize storage performance by spreading the I/O across more arms

10:04: Safe Multitenancy architecture

10:10: Application Transparency, Hitachi Command Portal. SLA’s, Allocation, etc, can be customized here, for could providers.

10:11: SCALE UP and SCALE OUT are important on storage platforms

Michael Hay, Chief Strategist, Strategic Product Operations and Planning

10:15: Waiting for the virtualization circle

10:18: Deepdive into HDS’s thought process and startegy….(it is hard to capture all the thoughts)

Michael Heffernan: Solutions Product Manager, Server Virtualization

10:28: Topics around Hypervisor, impact to customers, hypervisors and storage, options around vmware, hyper-v, hds

10: 29: Hitachi has very strong set of hardware storage products

10:34: Hitachi changing messaging around hypervisor and going back to the basics to understand the HCP and Vmware IO stacks. Hitachi is closing at it very closely.

10:46: Vmware strategy: to reduce impact on the host we do Active Active Symmetric clusters on modular arrays (AMS platform), so we dont need powerpath like software’s.

10:47: Chris Evans USP ness moment…

10:48: HDP: Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning, wide stripe, vm extends, vmfs volumes. Sub Lun level locking of USP LUNs with HAM coming soon…

10:55: Scalability discussion

11:11: AMS disscussion for small to medium businesses. HDS also has a hypervisor modeling and sizing tool that customers can use.

11:16: HDS is completely agnostics on hypervisors.

Disclaimer: Though we are not required, it is up to the attendees to blog and tweet about this event if they wish to. Our travel, boarding and lodging expenses for two days will be paid by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day: Session 1 (live blogging)

June 15th, 2010 No comments

This is an attempt to live blog at the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day.

Session 1

8:00: Hitachi Welcome

Pete Gerr, Director Strategic and Solutions Marketing

8:25: Hitachi’s Global Presence, Europe, Americas, Asia, Japan, many other countries.

8:26: More than 1000 Companies Globally, 400,000 employees globally, 100Billion in Revenue

8:30: Introductions

8:31: Nigel introduces himself as “I am Nigel Poulton” and pauses for a few secs… a chuckle in the room…the troublemaker

8:32: Rick Vanover, Chris Evans, Devang Panchigar, Nigel Poulton, Simon Long, Bas Raayman, Greg Knieriemen, Phil, Paul Miller, Elias Klnaser

8:33: Michael, Hu, Pete, Claus, Harry, Carli and many more from the Hitachi Team

8:34: HDS is part of a larger organization Hitachi

8:35: Retelling the HDS Storage

8:40: Data drives our world and information is the new currency

8:42: Unified Management, Common Platform, Virtualized Infrastructure irrelevant of structured, unstructured data.

Claus Mikklesen, Chief Scientist

8:45: Claus shows a picture of the first hard drive from 1956, 24 platters, 2100 pounds

8:50: Nigel kicks off a nice discussion on Software platforms within HDS, VP of Software platforms jumps in, Pete and Michael talks about software platforms

Harry ZImmer, Senior Director, Global Competitive Marketing

Mandy Perera, Senior Competitive Market Analyst

8:55: Competitive discussion kickoff

9:00: Hot Topic: Dynamic/Auto Tiering of Storage, top on the list

9:01: Hot Topic: Cloud Evolution: Customer adoption, Private-Hybrid-Public Clouds, second on the list

9:02: Hot Topic: Simplified/Comprehensive Storage Mgmt, third on the list

9:06: Thin provisioning was a request that was submitted and HDS managed to deliver on it through this new process

9:08: Harry Zimmer works at HDS, but before that worked for EMC and IBM.

9:20: Elias has deployed Hitachi Blades and loves it. Has some vmware integration issues with loading drives etc.

9:31: We have been storage virtualization for years when compared to Vplex

9:32: Lets find out implementation and application needs for long distance storage virtualization and see if there are existing products within HDS that might be able to accomplish it.

9:34: Containers, POD’s, Racks and End to End Stacks: Biz Dev Wars, was on top of the list but has now fallen to 15 now. This is a comparison to vBlocks. The question is how successful is EMC is in this strategy.

Disclaimer: Though we are not required, it is up to the attendees to blog and tweet about this event if they wish to. Our travel, boarding and lodging expenses for two days will be paid by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day: Introduction

June 14th, 2010 No comments

The tradition continues, after the success of HP Tech Day, HP Blades Day, HP Storage Day and GestaltIT Tech Field Days (San Jose & Boston); now Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has decided to host a HDS Bloggers Day. The twitter hash tag for HDS bloggers day is #HDSday.

The #HDSDay is being hosted in San Jose, CA on the 15th and 16th of June, 2010. This two-day event is an attempt by HDS marketing to bring industry bloggers to HDS headquarters and introduce them to Hitachi Storage and Virtualization products and also give them face-to-face time with HDS executives.

I am glad and honored to be attending this event. For me personally these events have been a great means to learn more about storage technologies, products and services that these companies are offering today. As much as these events help me take a deep dive into these products, write about them, it also helps me with my current job to work with our existing & new customers and bring more value in terms of services we offer to them.

As far as the attendees go, there are many focused towards virtualization, many towards storage and networking technologies. Folks like Nigel Poulton, Chris Evans and Bas Raayman have really strong HDS background.

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The attendees (in random order)

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HDS Executives attending the event are (in random order)

  • Hu Yoshida, VP and CTO at Hitachi Data Systems
  • Claus Mikkelsen, CTO of Storage Architectures
  • Michael Hay, Sr. Director of Product Strategy
  • John Harker, Product marketing lead for HDP, tiered storage, HTSM, BOS V
  • Ken Wood, Director of Product Strategy focusing on File Platforms
  • Miki Sandorfi, Chief Strategist for File, Content and Cloud Portfolio
  • Linda Xu, Market Strategy for File, Content and Cloud Portfolio
  • Harry Zimmer – Senior Director Global Competitive Marketing
  • Michael Heffernan – Solutions Product Manager – Server Virtualization (Hypervisors)
  • Mandy Perera – Competitive marketing analyst
  • Mark Adams – Platform Product Marketing for AMS platform
  • Pete Gerr, Director of Strategic and Solutions Marketing
  • Carli Gelfi, Marketing Manager

I had a chance to talk to Hu Yoshida and Miki Sandorfi earlier in the year about HDS storage, cloud and convergence strategy. On the footsteps of other Storage vendors, HDS seems to be very alert in its Convergence Strategy. A platform announced earlier this year called the UCP: Universal Compute Platform that competes with vBlocks and HP Unified Computing Architecture.

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So this might be a good opportunity to learn and understand more about HDS as it relates to the topics below

  • Cloud and Storage platforms strategy
  • Convergence and UCP
  • USP V
  • AMS
  • Market Competitiveness
  • Microsoft Partnership
  • Architecture (deep dives)
  • One on one time with HDS executives
  • Social Media Strategy

I have to honestly say, attending all these events through out the year has given me an ability to learn more and more about these platforms and compare them side-by-side.

With the background of the attendees and the talented folks at HDS, these two days will be action packed with discussions, one on one interviews, chats, blogs, tweets and video recordings.

Special thanks to Carli Gelfi for inviting me to this event.

You can follow me on Twitter @storagenerve, the hash tag for this event is #hdsday. Promise to keep the tweet volume sober. Might attempt other approaches like live blogging and/or videos.

Stay tuned for more blog posts on this event.

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Cheers
@storagenerve

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Disclaimer: Though we are not required, it is up to the attendees to blog and tweet about this event if they wish to. Our travel, boarding and lodging expenses for two days will be paid by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).