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.
The attendees (in random order)
- Nigel Poulton – @nigelpoulton – www.nigelpoulton.com
- Chris M Evans – @chrismevans – www.thestoragearchitect.com
- Rick Vanover – @rickvanover – rickatron.us
- Paul Miller – @paulmiller – cloudofdata.com
- Greg Knieriemen – @knieriemen – www.iknerd.com
- Devang Panchigar – @storagenerve – www.storagenerve.com
- Simon Long – @simonlong_ – www.simonlong.co.uk/blog
- Bas Raayman – @BasRaayman – www.basraayman.com
- Elias Khnaser – @ekhnaser – www.eliaskhnaser.com/blogs.aspx
- Phil Jaenke – @rootwyrm – rootwyrm.us.to
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.
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
- 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.
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).