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Nuance Communications Relies on HP Storage

It's been a couple of months since I've shared a Customers Share Their Secrets video and today I have a really good one that is worth waiting for. You may not have heard of Nuance Communications but I bet you're heard of their products: Dragon Naturally Speaking. 


Nuance was looking for a solution to manage data and address concerns about growth, performance and cost. I spoke with Frederic Van Haren, Senior Director of High Performance Computing (HPC) Labs and Mark Frenette Head of Engineering at Nuance Communications about how HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash helped them achieve their objectives.


Cache is king for the world’s number one car auction brand

By Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery & Archive (BURA), HP Storage


If you like storage but love cars then this blog is most definitely for you! Barrett-Jackson, producer of The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions (TM), recently implemented an active archive solution – spanning software, disk and tape – to safeguard its ever-expanding portfolio of car auction video assets.


First, I’ll share more about Barrett-Jackson, then delve in to how HP StoreEver Tape as NAS is helping the company combine the performance benefits of disk with the economics and long-term retention value of tape.

Labels: customer| StoreEver| tape

DreamWorks Animation, HP Storage, and May 18, 2001

May 18, 2001.  Fourteen years ago to the day. Do you know that happened on that date? DreamWorks Animation released Shrek. When it was released, it set the bar for feature CGI animation. CGI animation depends so much on the technology and over the last fourteen years, technology has helped DreamWorks animation stretch CGI animation even further.  in 2001, an Intel Pentium 4 CPU had 42 million transistors. Today, an Intel Xeon Haswell-EP has 5.5 billion transistors. Despite the huge increase, some say that Moore's law is slowing but CGI animation and DreamWorks isn't.


HP and DreamWorks have had a long term partnership. I've watched folks from DreamWorks talk about their environment and how the creation, or as they say "digital manufacturing", of a film has changed over the years. It's been fascinating to me to hear how much additional storage capacity has been needed or how many files are used, how many CPU hours it takes, and more.


At the recent National Association of Broadcaster's show in Las Vegas, I was able to talk with Derek Chan from DreamWorks Animation. Derek is the Head of Global Technology and is also the Chief Technology Officer for Oriental DreamWorks, a new facility in Shanghai, China. In the discussion, you'll get a bit of sense on how much goes into the creation of a CGI animation.

What customers are saying about HP 3PAR StoreServ

It's been an exciting week or so for me. I spent much of this week in Las Vegas with our team helping customers have fun experiences at EMC World. We called it #NoLimitsPromo (click on it to see the conversations on Twitter). And while it was a fun time playing Santa Clause in May, there were a number of HP 3PAR StoreServ customers who have been talking about their experiences. I want to bring you a few of those.  


Ensure High Availability and Disaster Recovery

The first customer is the Phoenix Police Department. I was recently able to talk to Andrew Walters, IT Critical Systems architect and we talked about requirements of the Phoenix PD and how HP 3PAR addresses that with Peer Persistence.  Here's the video.

Customers Share Their Secrets - Latisys and HP 3PAR All-Flash Storage

I'm just back from spending the week in Phoenix, Arizona.  For the last 5 years, HP Storage has pulled together our marketing team from around the world to celebrate our successes, plan for the coming 12 months, and to hear from customers and partners.


The customer that joined us this year was Christian Teeft. Christian is the CTO of Latisys. Latisys is a US-based hybrid cloud services provider who has standardized on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, including the 3PAR all-flash array. I was able to get some time with Christian the night before he talked to the rest of our 200 or so marketing folks. 


In the video, Christian talks about their all-flash storage requirements and why they selected 3PAR after evaluating all-flash from several of the start-up AFA vendors (including from those start-up products that have been acquired by large storage vendors).

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