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HDS (Hitachi Data Systems) Bloggers Day: Session 4 (Live Blogging)

June 16th, 2010 No comments

This is an attempt to live blog at the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers Day: Session 4

Day 2:

Pete Gerr, Director, Strategic and Solutions Marketing

8:30: Kickoff…

8:31: HDS going through parking lot questions…some will be answered today, some later on one on one discussions.

Michael Hay, Senior Director, Product Strategy

8:40: John Deere is owned by Hitachi..

8:40 tons of tweets out there…..Nigel wins the award for the MVP and Devang wins the best dressed…..

8:41: Hitachi Research can be found at http://www.hitachi.com/rd

8:42: Even though HDS is moving into this arena, we are using HDS proxy servers to connect to the internet from here, the HDS Geek website is blocked internally. Here is the site that HDS might want to consider to open http://hds.com/go/geekday/index.html

8:45: High level Hitachi (not HDS) Vision, Strategy.

8:45: Gazopa.com another visual search engine

8:50: RAID discussion kicked off by Nigel Poulton and its getting quite interesting…

Claus Mikkelsen, Chief Strategist

Mark Adams, Senior Product Marketing Manager

9:12: Storage Tiering discussion

9:15: AMS discussion

9:16: HDS midtier storage (AMS) has explosive growth over the last 2 years….

9:20 AMS was released in 2008 and has been doing great…

9:30 ……

9:55: LUN Ownership and Failover question from yesterday

9:56: THere is LUN ownership on either Controller 0 and controller 1. Active – Active cluster, I/O and architectural diagram.

10:00 Break……but a big discussion on the AMS architecture (current) and potentials in the future….

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10:20: Embargo session

11:00 Round table discussion….for another hour.

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 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).