I've done several podcasts now from short trip to the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) last week - today I have a video I did. In the other blogs, I mentioned that the hands on labs at MMS were running on HP infrastructure, including the HP VirtualSystem VS3 for Microsoft and our 3PAR utility storage. What I forgot to mention was the Database Consolidation Appliance. It was also part of the hands on lab infrastructure. What they had running in the Serverquarium was based on our HP BladeSystem, the P2000 MSA, and of course Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center.
I also learned that we hosted 52,000 virtual machines over the 4 1/2 day event. Dung Hoang who managed setting up the VS3 told me that he sat around for most of the day but had 10 minutes between labs to wipe the VMs off to get ready for the next set of labs.
As you'll see in my video, there was an area with about 200 HP Z200 workstations where attendees could sit down and do a self-paced lab at any time. There were also instructor lead labs happening that attendees needed to register for. I think Dung told me that there was up to about 400 of those happening at any one time - but my main point is that there were more HOLs than what you'll see in the room on the video. Here it is: