Earlier this week I had a blog post talking about the HP Industry Analyst Summit. The next day, David Scott, SVP and GM of HP Storage presented in a breakout session. I know what his presentation covered and we'll be hitting many of those topics here in the next several months. Topics that you'll hear more about and that David discussed were:
- Converged Storage (see the blog post for more details about each of these bullets)
- Storage for software defined data centers
- Flash and SSD
- Information retention and cloud storage
I told you how excited I am about the future in my last HP Summit blog post and I really am. We have an unbelievable management team, support from Meg Whitman, and management like Dave Donatelli and David Scott who understand technology and are committed to storage leadership for the new style of IT.
We are always looking for great people and if you're a storage expert, consider joining me at HP. We are hiring and just to whet your appetite, I asked Anita Filip (@Anita4HP) to suggest a few open jobs that I could include. Checkout this PDF she created with just a few of the hot (U.S.) jobs we have and check out www.hp.com/jobs for other jobs if one of these isn't a fit for you.
I'm having a great time here, I think you will too and the future is bright!
Today kicked off our HP Industy Analyst Summit - a gather of executives across HP with over 300 industry analysts. I understand today also included some financial analysts. I'm not there but have attended in the past. Compared to years past, my Twitter stream is filled with comments from attendees using the #HPSummit hashtag. Very cool to see and get a good sense of the event from afar.
Converged Infrastructure, front and center!
Dave Donatelli was on the agenda early today and talked about HP Converged Infrastructure - a strategy that we publicly announced back in the fall of 2009 but actually was in the works for several years at HP. Dave definitely made it happen and solidified it but even before that, dating back to 2005, our enterprise business was focused on Adaptive Infrastructure - a pre-cursor to today's HP Converged Infrastructure strategy.
(Picture courtesy of Gerry Van Zandt)
I don't know exactly what Dave said today but he talked about Converged Infrastructure originating with HP and now being copied by several competitors. One tweet says, "HP: Thank us for the term Converged Infrastructure". And to that I must agree.
Last 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 www.absolutelywindows.com 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 www.hyper-v.nu 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.
Yesterday I did a podcast introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (WS2012). Today I want to dive down into some of the storage integration we have with WS2012. I have four videos, each is pretty short, that will give you a good picture of that integration.
First up is a short video that gives an overview. This is with Parissa Mohamadi - Parissa is our Microsoft Solution Manager for HP Storage.
I also have three demo videos that show the integration with WS2012 and HP Storage. The demos I have are:
- Storage space reclamation with UNMAP
- Offload Data Transfer (ODX) with HP 3PAR
- Storage management user interface with WS2012
The video I'm sharing here is a single video with embedded links to these three demo videos and the overview Parissa did.
I think a broke a record today from recording a podcast to posting it. I finished recording a podcast with Brad Kirby, Group Manager for our Microsoft Products Partnership Team at HP, talking about today's announcement from Microsoft of the highly anticipated Windows Server 2012.
Later in the week, I'll share some video demos I have that shows how HP Storage integrates with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 but for now, this podcast with Brad is a very good overview of what's coming with Windows Server 2012. Here's the podcast with Brad.
A step-by-step approach to moving from static to dynamic utility storage to support virtualization and cloud computing
They say that cloud is a journey. For most, it’s one fraught with challenges, obstacles, and, yes, grief, particularly when it comes to storage.
Having spent nine years managing a service provider data center, I can attest to the emotional attachment we have with infrastructure. The job often forces us to spend more time with machines than our family.
With that in mind, I thought it could be fun to examine the parallelisms in the death of an old IT model as we move to cloud… Taking some liberties with the Kübler-Ross model for the five stages of grief, let’s find our happy place.
By Brad Parks, Converged Infrastructure Strategist for HP Storage
I’m in the midst of the ongoing remodel of my 1910 brick bungalow. While I love the house and all the character that comes with a historical home, I’m constantly challenged with sloping walls, decaying mortar and strange design choices… like the roof that is on the INSIDE of my kitchen. They’ve led me to the conclusion that architecture matters… a lot.
Can you really build your own cloud in a 17 inch box? Lee Johns talks about how to cook up your own cloud in a box using a little HP storage, BladeSystem, networking and software.
Director of Converged Storage Lee Johns draws an analogy between data and infrastructure compared to a city expanding. Read on to learn more about urban renewal for the datacenter.
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.