In today's post, I point to some of the video interviews we did at NAB - we did over 20 interviews during our two days thereand really, I think all of them are interesting topics because I'm really interested in the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. But I don't want to overwhelm you with all the videos at once so I have a few of them in the blog post today.
I have a few favorites and the interview Andy McCaskey from SDRNews.com did with indie film maker Ryan Brown is a favorite of mine. Ryan used to be an Apple/Mac guy but now is all in on HP hardware for making his films. Checkout what Ryan had to say.
I also think the interview with Dr. Jeff Cornelius from HP Autonomy talking about IDOL and extracting meaning from words was really interesting. I need to get Jeff on a podcast and go deeper on this topic.
I have a few more videos on the blog post so check it out!
This past week, we HP held a Tech Day focused on Converged Cloud. I'm pretty disappointed I wasn't able to go because the location in Puerto Rico was my idea. After meeting my HP Labs colleague Martina Trucco at HP Discover in Frankfurt, she got me excited to do a Tech Day there. Turns out that the Converged Cloud team picked the week of Spring Break here in Boise and I couldn't swing going to Puerto Rico.
But we did have a storage session - and it was done via an HP Halo Room. Halo is a HD video conferencing service we have and I got to attend our storage session while the bloggers were in Puerto Rico and our two storage presenters were in California and Massachusetts.
I'm going to show you our Storage for the Converged Cloud over the next several days. The first part of the session was lead by Patrick Osborne. Patrick is the director of product management and has our information protection and archiving products - this includes things like HP StoreOnce and StoreAll. Patrick gives a really good overview of how our portfolio fits into the Converged Cloud offering and then spends some time talking about block, file, and object storage for the cloud.
Here's an audio-only MP3 that you can download.
Guest post by Andy Sparkes, Technical Director, HP Storage
The recent release of HP StoreAll with Express Query and Autonomy IDOL integration demonstrates the power of storage to provide an intelligent large-scale data repository. This intelligence resides in two locations:
1. The Express Query database is integrated into the file-system.
This deep integration means that the database is able to use the snapshot and replication features of HP StoreAll for its protection and disaster recovery. Current solutions use a side-band database, which are typically relational—and not optimal for managing constantly updated and changing metadata in a scale out system. Side-band databases require their own hardware, management, monitoring and DR resources. StoreAll has a unique segmented architecture that enables the deployment of a distributed database and can utilise the underlying capabilities of the file-system for management and protection.
Generating and extracting metadata from objects and files and subsequent operations on them is a complex task. This has to be done without slowing down the system ingest rate whilst carrying out numerous insert operations into the database.
Prior to HP Discover, my server brethren announced the HP ProLiant SL4500 - a new server based product that was positioned for "big data". I was working to get a podcast with a couple of guys on the team when we realized that we'd all be at HP Discover together so I offered to do a video with them in their booth. That turned out to be a great choice because seeing is believing - or I should say is understanding.
I also have a ChalkTalk giving a high-level architectural overview of HP StoreAll that should help you understand the data services it offers and how it's different from the SL4500.
I had a blog post yesterday focused on the StoreAll Express Query, technology that came from HP Labs. I'm pretty excited about it and the fact that HP Storage is doing so much with HP Labs. One of our bloggers thought it was pretty cool stuff too. (See the image of @benkepes' tweet).
This got me thinking - we just don't do enough to highlight innovation. Sure, we talk about our products and try to point out things that differentiate HP. When I met my colleague Martina Trucco from HP Labs, we started talking about doing more to show the cool things our very smart researchers at HP Labs are doing. The juices started to flow and when I realized I had an open video slot in our bloggers' lounge, I asked Martina if she would do a video with me to talk about it.
Check out the full blog post to see the video with Martina.
You know we announced HP StoreAll Storage at HP Discover - my words to describe it are that it's a file and object converged platform for retention super-charged with Express Query. Express Query captures and stores metadata and can be searched at lightening fast speeds compared to a traditional file scan. A test we ran showed it was 100,000 times faster (and no, that isn't a typo).
While at HP Discover, I did a video with Alistair Veitch from HP Labs and we talked about Express Query. Alistair is the Director of Storage & Information Management Platforms. Here's the video I did with Alistair.
And while I'm excited to share the video with Alistair, I'm even more excited about this blog post from HP Labs. The post is titled, "HP Labs’ contributions to HP StoreAll, announced at HP Discover Frankfurt". The post is from HP Labs researchers Kim Keeton and Brad Morrey who work for Alistair and were very involved with Express Query. It's great to get the insight from the researchers at HP Labs. Be sure to check it out!
In our Bloggers' Lounge at HP Discover, we have a full agenda of coffee talks - a chance for the independent bloggers to get some time with various HP execs and subject matter experts. The first coffee talk that got it started with a bang was with SVP and GM of HP Storage David Scott. David was joined by Alistair Veitch from HP Labs - his team is developed Express Query.
It was a lively discussion - one of the topics a few of the bloggers wanted to talk about was the word "polymorphic". David has a great intuition for what works and was the guy behind 3PAR using Autonomic - a word that many others are now copying. While this is longer than most of my podcasts, I think every minute of it is a great discussion.
I don’t like having a day with multiple blog posts but I’m compelled to give you more of the news from HP Discover today. In my previous blog posts, I first gave you an overview of our Converged Storage announcement and in the second I focused on our HP 3PAR StoreServ announcement. In my final blog post for today (promise, this is it for today) I want to highlight the HP StoreAll Storage platform. There are three things I want to call out and then as in my other blog posts today, I have a Countdown and two ChalkTalk video to share. Here's the HP StoreAll overview ChalkTalk to preview:
I'm in Frankfurt Germany now at HP Discover and the HP Storage press conference is just starting, which means I can FINALLY share the news on what's new at HP. There are a number of things in this announcement today but to get you started, here's an overview HP Storage ChalkTalk I did (to get more details, links for more info, and watch another video, read the full blog post).