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HP and Microsoft - Your Journey. Your Cloud. Your Way

A couple of weeks ago, we had a full day of live streaming interviews from Microsoft Management Summit.  There's no doubt that both HP and Microsoft are titans in technology and the partnership is helping our customers with their cloud journey - whether that is a private cloud or hybrid cloud.  The interviews we did focused on that.  There are too many to embed them all but I'm going to put a few of them here and give you links to the rest. There were 13 in all but this was my favorite!

HP Storage and OpenStack

In my last blog post I included a video and downloadable podcast of Patrick Osborne (Director of Product Management) giving an overview of HP Storage for the Converged Cloud.


Today's post is another video from the Converged Cloud Tech Day.  Sam Fineberg is a Distinguished Technologist in the HP Storage Office of the CTO.  He gives an overview of what HP Storage is doing with OpenStack, specifically around iSCSI with HP StoreVirtual (formerly HP LeftHand), iSCSI with HP 3PAR StoreServ and working to include Fibre Channel in the next release of OpenStack called Grizzly.  Click over to the blog to watch the video or there's also an audio MP3 that you can download for your listening pleasure.


Blogger Q & A

As with all of our Tech Days, there was a Q&A with the bloggers during our Storage for the Converged Cloud session.  The bloggers asked some great questions and this led to a really good discussion. This portion of the session was about 20 minutes.  You can download that portion of the session here.  

Storage for the Converged Cloud

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.

Which 5 IT areas look to prosper in 2013?

By Andre Carpenter, senior solutions architect


Here’s to 2013! It’s a very exciting time to be in IT—and especially in the storage, cloud and virtualisation space. Last year saw a massive shift in the IT landscape as CIOs really started to show interest in this thing we call cloud computing. More focus on how things can be done better and more cost effectively was one of the prominent drivers behind this surge in interest.


Crystal Ball.jpgLooking into the crystal ball…

I’ve never deemed myself to be a fortune teller of any kind, but I guess in some wacky kind of way it is part of my role: possessing a grasp of what’s happening now and an ability to translate this and interpret the market to foretell what might be happening 6 months, 12 months, 18 months down the track. This is always a beneficial skill for any IT professional to have. This time of year, we see a number of predictions on market trends that appear to be obvious for 2013. Then there are some that may come as a surprise. So let’s take a look at some of the areas that I think will prosper.

HP TechCast on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 announcement

HP TechCast WS2012.pngLast week, Microsoft announced Windows Server 2012; Just after the Microsoft's web event, my HP TechCast co-host Jeffery Powers and I had a panel of Microsoft experts to discuss the announcement.  On the HP TechCast were:


  • John Obeto (@johnobeto) - John blogs at and is the CEO of Logikworx a managed service provider that heavily utilizes Microsoft technology.
  • Jason Lopez (@jaylpz07) - I met Jason at the Nth Generation Symposium and he is focused on Microsoft-based solutions.  He's also looking to start a blog soon.
  • Hans Vredevoort (@hvredevoort).  Hans blogs at and is a Microsoft MVP. 

You can also download or listen to the podcast on Jeffery's website.  The discussion we had was interesting and given the expertise of the panel, well worth your time. You can also check out the other videos, and podcast I have focused on Windows Server 2012.

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