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Migrating to Windows Server 2012? Why you should keep storage in mind

By Parissa Mohamadi, Microsoft Solution Manager, HP Storage Marketing

 

Windows2012.jpegAs you probably know, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This also means that after that, Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance. That’s a big deal – one that has major impact on companies of all sizes. And it begs a big questions: Is yours one on of the companies that currently have some of the estimated 9.1M physical servers still running Windows Server 2003 with many storage devices attached to them? If the answer is yes, it’s time to start planning now. Here are some tips on planning for migration, including the best migration paths for HP Storage products like HP MSA and HP XP.

HPStorageGuy and the South African TV Personality

Calvin and Derick.jpgI saw a New York Times article talking about a new trend - DIY African Safaris.  I contacted the reporter on Twitter and turns out we were both at Kruger National Park at the same time - doing DIY safaris.  So that brings me back to my last blog post on the topic of South Africa.  I had a couple of previous posts talking about my trip to South Africa.  One of them had some personal videos and pictures I took while visiting a Kruger National Park - a wild game park.  Check out those pictures and videos - I think they were unbelievable and I can't wait to go back to South Africa.  You can read the NYT article here.

 

Aside from getting back to (African) nature, the main reasons I went was to speak at a customer event that our local storage team did.  It was an great event.  The host of that event was Derek Watts - Derek was voted best male TV presenter in South Africa for several years in a row. Today, I have two podcasts from the event and a few pictures to share with you. 

 

Watch this Enterprise Strategy Group video and learn why ESG Sr Analyst Mark Peters said, “HP is the only vendor that offers a genuine single product storage family that’s capable of spanning and essentially integrating midrange platforms, all-flash devices, and all the way up to enterprise storage that can scale to multi-petabytes”.  Registration is required but there are lots of other great resources on the page and well worth it!

HP 3PAR polymorphic simplicity made simple

HP 3PAR StoreServ Portfolio.pngI saw a really good blog post this morning from Philip Sellers, Exploring HP's Power of Common Architectures in Storage that is a really good and wante to share it.

 

Polymorphic Simplicity Made Simple

I want to cover a few highlights from Philip's blog.  He has attended HP Discover a couple of times and he leveraged what he's learned (and the fact that he's also now an HP 3PAR customer) to develop his understanding.  I sent him a tweet this morning after I read his blog telling him that he's done a great job explaining things.  Here's a bit of what his blog says - but there's a lot more so head over to Techazine.com and read the full post there.  

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 named technology of the year - here's why!

Forgive me if I'm a bit giddy and excited but I just learned that our HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 was named InfoWorld's "Technology of the Year".  Add to this that HP 3PAR StoreServ was also recently named the best in class mid-range array by DCIG and I think you can understand why I might be doing a big of a happy dance!

 

Here's what InfoWorld had to say about why they picked HP 3PAR StoreServ:

InfoWorld_TOY_Logo_2014.pngIn the world of data center storage, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 modular array is royalty.

 

Setting the HP 3PAR StoreServ apart from the competition is an underlying architecture designed specifically to eliminate the performance bottlenecks and failure modes of traditional block storage systems. Tight integration with VMware and support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification make the HP 3PAR StoreServ a perfect target for virtualization workloads. New all-flash models from HP 3PAR deliver high-end performance in basically the same package and integrate into the same management infrastructure. You can mix and match disk-based and flash-based units as requirements dictate, and draw on all the same HP 3Par features that substantially ease the burden of managing storage.

HP Converged Storage gaining momentum at HP Discover

There is a ton of great information that came out of HP Discover last week - and if I dribble videos out one at a time, it would probably take me until HP Discover next June to feed them all to you.  So I want to point you to a few of the videos in this blog post and over the coming days.  

 

HP Converged Storage gaining momentum

I did a video with Brad Parks talking about our vision HP Converged Storage and the "fruits of our labor".  I've told the story a couple of times but before sharing this video, I think it's worth repeating. 

 

About two years ago I was offered an early retirement from HP.  I had just hit 50 years old and I could have walked away from HP with a couple of years of salary.  I in fact got a call from a storage competitor asking me to consider working for them.  So I could have walked away with a pretty good chunk of change and a new job.  Obviously, I didn't.  And the reason I didn't is I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity that HP has with our portfolio.   Brad and I talk about the momentum that we're seeing with HP Storage - and this is exactly why I stayed.  It's a bit under 4 minutes but the story it tells is very impressive and I'm very proud to be a small part of it.

 

The full blog post has several other videos from HP Discover that I recommend you check out.

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