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GestaltIT #TechFieldDay 2, let the fun begin…

April 5th, 2010 No comments

We are coming very close to GestaltIT #TechFieldDay 2 being organized in Boston, MA on the 8th and 9th of Apr 2010.

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Over the next few days, you will see a ton of new blog posts coming out from various different sources, including invited delegates and many vendors. I do promise to provide an extensive coverage of this event on twitter and on this blog. Twitter hashtag for this event is #techfieldday

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This is a very unique event where GestaltIT organizes a few delegates to visit a few vendors in the enterprise IT arena. During these visits, we get to hear, talk and learn about the vendor technologies, direction, future and a vision into their products and services. With a similar event already organized in Nov 2009, called the TechFieldDay 1, this is a repeat event but with a lot of success on its belt, we all look forward to the great success of TechFieldDay 2.

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Social media is taking a new turn and that means, every non-conventional means of marketing is being tried these day using the underlying concepts of web 2.0 and social media. There is a nice post by Stu Miniman recently posted on his blog covering how blogging and other non-traditional communication means have changed the way we blossom the underlying message to the readers.

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Tons of credits go to Stephen Foskett for organizing this event. Glad to be invited and being able to attend the 2nd Tech Field Day in a row. It was lots of fun last time and looking forward to this amazing event being hosted in Boston, MA.

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It all started about a year and a half ago with blogging and then twitter and all the events that followed it. First the EMC World 2009, then Vmworld 2009, HP TechDay 2009, EMC Forums NYC 2009, GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009, HP Blades Day 2010, HP Storage Day 2010 and now the GestaltIT Techfieldday-2 2010. These are a lot of events in one year, with scheduling conflicts, office travel, personal commitments, its hard to attend each one of them, but the knowledge that is gained out of one of these events is more than one can imagine.

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Really glad to be part of this storage / virtualization community and hope to continue this work in the future…On Twitter, follow me @storagenerve, Twitter hashtag: #TechFieldDay. You can follow (list) all TechFieldDay 2 Delegates on Twitter here.

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Cheers
@storagenerve

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Disclaimer:
The sponsors are each paying their share for this non-profit event. We, the delegates, are not paid to attend this event. Most of us will take some days off from our regular job to attend. What is paid for us is the flight, meals and the stay at a hotel. We are not required to write positive, negative or neutral reviews about any vendors or this event.

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HP StorageWorks Tech Day 2010

March 25th, 2010 4 comments

After a successful event last year, HP again invites a group of bloggers for a round of Storage deep dive. HP has managed to pull some successful events organized specially for the Social Media folks over the past 6 months and include the #hptechday (HP StorageWorks Day), #hpbladesday (HP Blades and Software Infrastructure Day) and #hpanalystday (HP Analyst Day) which was hosted couple of weeks ago. HP is totally leveraging and pushing the social media engine for educating and creating a buzz around HP products and seems its working in there favor so far.

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This will be my 3rd visit to HP in 6 months, which includes the prior #hptechday and #hpbladesday. This is an invite only session targeted for “independent bloggers”. Most of the bloggers invited are end users, partners or consultants.

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The HP StorageWorks Day 2010, #hpstorageday is being hosted in Houston, TX on the 29th and 30th of March, 2010. The primary focus of this event is HP’s StorageWorks products. Typically in these events, we get a deep dive into products, key presentations from marketing execs and product teams, access to engineering and product designers / architectures and hands on lab/demo of the equipment.

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This is a non-NDA event, which makes it lucrative to attend and will hopefully give a vision into HP StorageWorks and Convergence roadmap.

The twitter hashtag for this event is #hpstorageday

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Some agenda as discussed on HP Storage Block Blog by Calvin Zito include

  • Key presentation by HP Executives
  • Presentation on Convergence Infrastructure
  • Presentations on StorageWorks products
  • Lab and Demos
  • Storage networking discussions
  • Storage management (SRM) discussions
  • Tour of HP labs and manufacturing facilities in Houston, including the POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter) tour.

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Here are the folks that will be attending the event (in random order)

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Over the past couple of years, HP has emerged to be one of the leading players in the storage industry. The so-called “acquisition” of Dave Donatelli from EMC has excelled HP’s movement in the converged infrastructure space along with some robust integration between its storage, networking and server platforms. Dave heads ESSN (Enterprise Server Storage Networking) Division within HP.

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The acquisition of both IBRIX and Lefthand has helped HP position itself very well in the storage and convergence space. The latest acquisition of 3Com will hopefully combine along with its current offering in the networking space and help further integrate its convergence strategy. There was a good post by Dave Vellante of Wikibon on My HP V8 Moment after he attended the #hpanalystday

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Well it all starts on the 29th of March, 2010 – Monday and Tuesday, stay tuned on Twitter for hashtag #hpstorageday

Again thanks to the IVY Worldwide team, Becca Taylor and Calvin Zito from HP for the invite to the event.

And thanks for reading this blog, appreciate all your comments, views, feedback and RT’s!!!

Cheers
@storagenerve

HP Blades Day 2010: Paul Perez [CTO, Storageworks]

March 8th, 2010 No comments

During HP Blades Day 2010, we had a 30 min chat with Paul Perez – HP CTO, Storageworks Division.

Some of the highlights of the discussion with Paul are below

  • One master provisioning stack for all Storage
  • VDI solution from HP
  • Integration of IBRIX and Lefthand – Common Management Infrastructure
  • Proliant features of power management etc, to be passed onto the IBRIX and Lefthand with Convergence
  • Customer References
  • Bottlenecks in networking and storage today
  • Stranded pools of IP (Intellectual Property) within HP, Integration challenges
  • DataDomain
  • Integration of HP EVA teams with HP Unified Storage Division
  • Storage Tiering
  • “Memristor” – HP Labs
  • IBRIX SSD
  • Industry Consolidation, business models
  • Convergence is Next Gen

The Video – Paul Perez Unplugged

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

HP Blades Day 2010: HP POD Tour

March 4th, 2010 No comments

As part of the HP Blades Day, HP showed us a demo of the mobile datacenters that HP manufacturers and sells as Performance Optimized Datacenters (POD).

Though we didn’t get to see the manufacturing of this POD, they showed one of these POD’s sitting in their parking lot.

This thing was massive, a size of a tractor trailer with its weight around 100,000 pounds. Though these datacenters are not very mobile, they are used for customers that may need additional computation power or has on-demand computing. I would think these are probably available to buy by a customer and possibly lease.

Here is the video of HP POD Tour that was given to us at HP Houston, TX facilities, quite an impressive setup. Unfortunately we were not able to go inside the POD, we took pictures and movies outside the POD.

The only thing that needs to be connected to these POD’s are electric connection for power and cooling. Additional resources would include network/fiber connections etc. Not just one POD, but you can have a warehouse full of POD’s used as datacenter.

These typically cost 60 to 70% of a regular brick built datacenter and is at least 40% more efficient.

Hope you enjoy the video…

Cheers

@storagenerve

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Disclaimer: This event is sponsored by HP and hosted in Houston, TX. HP paid all the flight, living and mostly food expenses. This is a bloggers – invitation only event. No products have been given by HP.