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Short and Snappy replay: I'm excited!

At our HP Tech Day a few weeks ago, I opened up the day doing a session I titled "Why I'm Excited About the Future of HP Storage.".  I was asked by our UK-based channel partner OCSL to present on one of their Short & Snappy Live update webcasts and so I jumped at the opportunity. 


My story at HP and specifically HP Storage I think is telling and I'll share it during the live webcast.  In November,  I'll be celebrating 30 years with HP and 23 since joining HP Storage.  I'll talk about the not so bright days I had working here, how things have changed in the last five years, and why I am excited about the future of HP Storage.


Since OCSL is a UK partner, I hope all my ATSB readers in the UK will join us.  Here's a link where you can register for the OCSL event happening this Thursday, October 3rd at 2 PM UK time (that's 9 AM EDT for anyone else that wants to join and here my story).  We'll follow the webcast with a live Twitter chat. 

Hello HP OneView

Earlier this week, our HP Converged System Division - now run by my former HP Storage marketing VP Tom Joyce - announced HP OneView.  I was traveling so I'm a few days late telling you about it but I think if you haven't seen HP OneView, it's worth sharing with you a few days late. 


The program to deliver this new paradigm in infrastructure management started four years ago and the team had a unique approach to understanding what customers wanted in an ideal tool - it centered on what tasks admins needed to perform versus the products they had to manage.  Here's a video that talks about how the team worked with customers to HP OneView and briefly introduces it.


The full blog post has several video demos so click over to it now.

Tags: HP OneView

HP Guided Troubleshooting

Guiding Troubleshooting.pngBack in the dog-days of summer, we had a HP Storage Expert Day in our online support community.  I'm probably the last guy you  want troubleshooting problems but I actually did jump in and answer a few questions.  If you have HP Storage and haven't utilized the community-based support, you really should check it out and give it a try.   


One of the things I learned about HP Guided Troubleshooting.  What is it? 

  • It is an online self-help tool that provides guides with quick and simple step by step instructions to find solutions to a whole host of technical issues.
  • An enhanced table of contents and ability to search by keywords will help you find solutions to various server and storage related technical issues.
  • It is an efficient and effective reservoir of guides that can help lead you to answers about various server or storage related issues.

While no tool like this will solve every problem, I think it's a great starting point and I'm overdue telling you about it.  If you want to check it out for yourself, you can start at

Labels: support

Customers speak about software-defined storage

I was searching around the internet tonight and bumped into a few videos that I want share with you from VMworld.  Software-defined storage was a big theme.  And despite the skeptics, it's gaining traction. 


The first video is an interview that Dave Vellante did with Eric Hulber and Brady Wilson from HP StoreVirtual customer Opus Interactive.  This was a really interesting discussion where Eric and Brady talked about their business providing IT as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service (as a private cloud).  I love something that Brady says here, "It (software-defined storage) comes across as a buzzword initially but like cloud its the way things are going.  It makes sense".   Dave also asked Brady about their transition from the appliance-based StoreVirtual to StoreVirtual VSA.  Brady's one-word answer was priceless - "effortless".


Check out the full blog post for a few more videos including one with FedEx, talking about the topic.

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