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HP Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL

I've done several podcasts now from short trip to the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) last week - today I have a video I did.  In the other blogs, I mentioned that the hands on labs at MMS were running on HP infrastructure, including the HP VirtualSystem VS3 for Microsoft and our 3PAR utility storage.  What I forgot to mention was the Database Consolidation Appliance.  It was also part of the hands on lab infrastructure.   What they had running in the Serverquarium was based on our HP BladeSystem, the P2000 MSA, and of course Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center.  


I also learned that we hosted 52,000 virtual machines over the 4 1/2 day event.  Dung Hoang who managed setting up the VS3 told me that he sat around for most of the day but had 10 minutes between labs to wipe the VMs off to get ready for the next set of labs.


As you'll see in my video, there was an area with about 200 HP Z200 workstations where attendees could sit down and do a self-paced lab at any time.  There were also instructor lead labs happening that attendees needed to register for.  I think Dung told me that there was up to about 400 of those happening at any one time - but my main point is that there were more HOLs than what you'll see in the room on the video.  Here it is:

Converged Systems: Blogger Reality Contest Week 2

There's not a lot of time to vote in round 2 of our Blogger Reality Contest.  This blog post points to each of the bloggers' work they've done for this round's topic: Converged Systems. 

The Big Data discussion continues: It’s the data, silly

There is a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about Big Data. Not a day goes by without a new statistic on how much data enterprises will have to deal with at some point in the near future. It’s not uncommon to find vendors opportunistically using that FUD to coerce customers into over-provisioning their IT systems.


HP has a very different stance on Big Data than the other vendors who claim to understand the problem. Check out this guest post from Irshad Raihan and Phil McLeanto learn more about our approach.

More on the HP VirtualSystem

Today on the blog I have two videos highlighting the newly announced HP VirtualSystem.  This was launched at HP Discover last week.  The second video is particularly interesting as I talked with Adam Provost, a solution architect who gives an overview and also compares the HP VirtualSystem to EMC/Cisco vBlock.

Meet the new HP VirtualSystem

This post is a power podcast with Tom Joyce, VP of marketing, strategy and operations, talking about the new HP VirtualSystem.   Be sure to watch the power podcast!


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