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HP Discover 2011

June 8th, 2011 No comments

HP Discover 2011 got kicked off on Monday in the sin city Vegas. Not sure what is it about conferences this year, most of them are scheduled to be in Vegas, some of these conferences include Interop, EMC World, HP Discover and VMWorld.

We (the bloggers) have been connected with HP since the first Tech day in Oct 2009 in Colorado Springs. Dave Donatelli had just joined HP and they were going through putting a lot of things together from a convergence perspective. At HP Discover 2011, we see that vision coming through that was essentially discussed with us in 2009. HP seems to truly invest towards convergence, the datacenter of the future, which includes the networking stack, systems stack, storage stack, hypervisor (open from Citrix, Vmware, Microsoft) and application integration into this.

This week should be interesting and hopefully we should see some exciting new announcements from HP on the HP Storage, HP Cloud and HP convergence strategy. The first day has been quite busy at the bloggers lounge, hopefully the rest of the 3 days are the same in terms of information flow.

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There have been some other bloggers invited to this event.

Looking forward to attending this event, hopefully also attending the Paul Mccartney Live concert on thursday.

Stay tuned for more updates, podcasts, videos and tweets from the event.

HP Discover 2011 Day 2 (Keynote)

June 7th, 2011 No comments

Another exciting day got kicked off at HP Discover 2011 this morning.

You can also find additional updates on Twitter at!/search/hpdiscover

* Jake Johansen takes the stage. Jake is a standup comedian and kicked off the day with a few new funny jokes…

* Ann Livermore takes the stage at HP Discover

* Talks about instant data and mobile applications, flexibility of IT based on demand, do it automatically and instant, provide availability and security.

* IT has been about Modernizing Data Centers, Transforming today’s data center to the Data Center of the future, Enterprise Security and some software capabilities to meet current customer needs, Optimize Datacenter and Information – Dashboard, Scorecard and optimize performance of the datacenters, Deliver applications and data real time to your customers, decision makers, etc

* Dave Donatelli takes the stage at HP Discover

* Convergence is the topic of discussion

* 18 months ago, HP made a decision to move to the HP Converged Infrastructure

* New products and solutions for the next generation datacenter

* HP is transforming the networking industry.

* FLEX networking architecture. FLEX Management includes FlexFabric, FlexCampus, FlexBranch. Build around Open, scalable, secure, agile, consistent experience.

* New Switching performance, WAP devices, etc

* Personal Note: HP Networking is really competing against Cisco

* Demo of IMC: Intelligent Management Center

* Personal Note: Quite impressive on the features, functionality that IMC offers today. Inter VM traffic should be available in the near future.

* SuperDome commitment from HP

* NonStop server commitment from HP

* Most storage platforms from various different manufactures are 15 to 20 years old.

* 3Par offers Multitenancy

* Thin Provisioning and how others have struggled to make it happen on their storage

* Priceline Video

* New announcements to IBRIX Scale out NAS, 50% new performance boost, snapshots, etc

* New announcements to the EVA products, 40% less power, 8GB backend, new software upgrade

* HP VirtualSystem can use Citrix, Microsoft, Vmware

* HP VirtualSystems can be bought/purchased with any HP Storage, HP Servers, etc

* HP Appsystems

* HP CloudSystems

* HP Cloudsystem demo

* HP ECO POD: Worlds most efficient data centers

* ECO Pod can get up and running in 3 months. PUE (power ratio) is 1.05

* Bill Vegthe takes the stage at HP Discover

* 5 Trillion a year spend on IT, essentially 1 M per minute

* Hal Zesch, Former CIO Valero on stage

* Hal just mentioned EMC recalled 40M Secure ID tokens

* Joel Karczewski, Director of Paychex takes stage

* Andy Smith, VP of Applications Hosting services, McKesson takes the stage

* Paul Melson, Manager Information Security, Priority Health takes the stage

* Marcelo Akira Imai, Infrastructure Manager, UNIMED takes the stage

* Dee Patton, Staff Director, IT Compliance, IEEE takes the stage

Catchup tomorrow with some additional keynotes and blog posts…

HP Discover 2011, Day 1 (Keynote) – Live Blogging

June 6th, 2011 No comments

HP Discover getting kicked off this afternoon in Vegas with a keynote from HP CEO – Leo Apotheker.

You can find more about the conference on Twitter with #hpdiscover,!/search/hpdiscover

* Jake Johansen kicks off HP Discover 2011 (Jake is a standup comedian), pretty funny jokes…

* Rich Gerrafo next on stage explaining what the HP Discover conference is….

* 10000 attendes, 1000 partners, 800 breakout seconds…..amazing crowd

* New WEBOS demo’ed

* New ECO POD seen in the demo..

* 300000 employees, 170 countries, HP’s outreach….

* HP Cloud Services, Open Cloud, Enterprise Cloud Service, A Hybrid Private Cloud, A Public Cloud soon, IT as a Service, Platform services and a Open Cloud market.

* Cloud services will be Transformative in how HP is positioned today and in the future

* Verizon – Terremark, Kerry Bailey, CEO on stage

* Everything as a service…

* So far everything has been about the cloud…(personal note)

* Verizon is redefining how services are being provided to customers. Cloud services were thought of disruptive services in the past but customers have started to turn around and new business models exists today…

* 2 Billion dollars available to customers to build new cloud (thru HP financing)

* Touch the cloud with the devices you touch…

* HP TouchPad…….WEBOS, only OS specifically designed for WEB.

* Touchpad in Action…..VIDEO

* Qualcomm SnapDragon processor

* One easy to use interface….

* Company apps can be pushed out through Citrix or through traditional apps

* Touch to share….share between phone and the touchpad….

* Amazing stuff…..IPAD needs some of these things (personal note)

* Acquisition of Vertica shows where we are headed with structured and unstructured data.

* Doug Porter, CEO from Blue Cross Blue Shield System, 39 companies

* Data Analytics and Vertica products and how BCBS uses it for its companies to make fast business decisions.

* Marge Berge, GM. HP IT Executive Scoreboard released

* Marge demo’s HP IT Executie Scoreboard and a demo.

* HP is one of the largest IT security companies in the world

* Kris Herrin, CTO Heartland.

* Heartland payment systems is the 5th largest payment system in the US

* Heartland move around 80 Billion dollars

* Heartland going Infrastructure as a service

* Heartland had a security breach and since then have implemented HP Arcsight

* Interesting speech from Leo Apotheker

* A video message from Intel CEO Paul Otellini

* Personal note, how Intel is so important with all new technologies going to market…

* Intel VP, Kirk Skaugen on stage

* By 2015, 1 Billion more users, 15 Billion more devices, 1000 Exabytes of Data to be generated

* Some very interesting stats on data and servers and how the future might pose some challenges

* SAP Co-CEO Bill Mcdermott on stage

* HP and SAP have been partners for past 20 years

* 70% of employees do not meet their customers…

* Mobile Business, Big Data that is all Mr. Mcdermott’s speech

* Build a mobile business strategy for your business, Disrupt things and leverage the Cloud, Measure Results

* Kevin Turner, Microsoft COO on stage

* Modernized Desktop, Communications & Collaboration, Enterprise Data Management and Datacenter Infrastructure topics of discussions by Kevin

* 21Million Lotus Notes transfered to Microsoft Exchange

* HP E5000 Messaging System for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

* MS SQL just passed IBM DB2 in revenue, leads TPC benchmark for Performance and Price

* MS has signed up 5Million seats so far in the Cloud Services

* Kevin left the stage giving his email address and phone number at Microsoft.

* Rich Gerraffo is back on stage, introducing Don Tapscott

* Don Tapscott , University of Toronto, Writer, Speaker on stage

* Very interesting story about GOLDCORP and the person that owns it, amazing changed the company value from 90 Million to 10 Billion overnight.

* Global Computer is the Cloud

* Move your IT to the Global Computer

Catchup tomorrow with additional Keynotes and HP Discover Blogs




HDS Bloggers Day – Day 2 – Session 03/24/2011

March 24th, 2011 No comments

oh…..after the long day yesterday, refreshed and back at HDS this morning in Sefton Park. Great informative day yesterday and some great discussions that are lined up for today including Hitachi Servers, Storage Economics and UCP.

After breakfast we are all settled back in the conference room.

* HCD7 Hands on Lab

* Worked as Blogger 1 on the Hands on Lab. Bob O’Heir gave a nice overview on the HCD7 platform.

* Allocation of Volumes, Create Volumes, Tasks, Investigation, etc

* Personal Note: Simplified and Robust Interface

* Lynn McLean: VP Americas Sales Converged Solutions and Servers

* HDS is big time pushing the converged infrastructure.

* Pre-stacked solutions

* Video Surveillance Solutions

* HyperV Fast Track Converged Solution

* Hitachi Compute Blade 320 and 2000

* Virtualization Technologies are VMware, HyperV and Hitachi’s own Logical Partitioning (LPAR)

* 48 core processor coming!!!

* SMP Feature: Symmetric Multi Processing, making all individual servers act as one

* 320 Hitachi Servers in a single 42 inch Rack

* LPar include partitioning CPU, Memory and I/O

* Scale Out 8 x 16 way blades, scale up to 64 way SMP

* Hitachi’s dilemma, we do not want to be a commodity server vendor

* No focus on server selling, rather a solution in a datacenter

* Use case: VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud VAAI + AMS 2300 and Blade Symphony, LPAR Virtualization, Oracle Database, vCloud Director

* Miki Sandorfi: Chief Strategist, File, Content and Cloud

* Single Physical Cluster of 40PB: Multitenant, Intelligent Objects, Chargeback, Compression and Deduplication, Security and Compliance

* Hitachi Data Ingestor Discussion

* Hitachi Content Platform Discussion

* HDI Mapping to HCP Tenants and Namespaces Discussion

* Lunch Break

* Great discussions with David Merrill about Storage Econonomics and some of the efforts him and his group does in relation to TCO / ROI

* David Merrill – Chief Economist

* 34 different cost make up storage costs

* Backup cost, floor space, power, environmentals, snapshots, labor, architecture, migration cost, cost of waste, orphaned storage, maintenance, out of warranty equipment, provisioning time, cost of outage, litigation, complexity cost, security, encryption, backup media cost, cost of copies, cost of growth, data loss, hardware depreciation and many more… you can find more about storage economics at

* 80% typical opex cost vs 20% typical capex cost

* It’s not just about technology, but how that applies to TCO and driving business value

* Great analogy comparing Storage Economics to a person trying to lose weight, life style change.

* Several case studies showing the value of storage economics and the study associated with some of the customers and how they have managed to reduce opex.

* Dozens of matrices being used to track efficiency

* Pete Gerr – Final Wrap Up

* Great day…Great info sessions…..headed to the hotel in the next hour

* Then to Storagebeers and vBeers. See you there….