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Connect Community - the HP users group

Connect is an independent community of HP users - it's a users group.  Here is what the Connect website says about them: Connect is the largest technology community of HP business technology customers around the world. Connect’s mission is to provide its members with the best value and return on their HP business technology investments by providing ADVOCACY, COMMUNITY, PHILANTHROPY and EDUCATION.  Connect supports HP business technologies including servers, storage, networking, security, operating systems and infrastructure software.


Nina Buik is the Chief Marketing Officer of Connect.  I met Nina at our first storage Tech Day back in October of 2009.  I have a ton of respect for Connect and specifically for Nina. She is an energizer bunny - she keeps going and going with energy to spare.  She has more energy than almost anyone I've met and she is by nature a leader.


Nina recently asked me to be the HP liaison for the Connect Storage Special Interest Group. Since we were both at HP Discover, I asked Nina to do a short video with me.  In the video, Nina gives a short overview about Connect.  The video is less than 3 minutes so check it out.  

Labels: Discover 2013

What is Tier-1 Storage

I think customers know they need to be cautious about how vendors use different terms.  I was recently talking about the term AFA (All-flash array) and the need to look at architecture versus some who wants to pigeon-hole the definition into their liking. 

Today, I want to hit another storage term that depending on who you talk to could have different meanings.  We commissioned Mark Peters, Sr Analyst from Enterprise Strategy Group, to write a paper about the topic of tier-1 storage that he titled "The Changing Face of Tier-1 Storage in the Modern Data Center". 


Mark is one of my favorite storage analysts out there.  A few years ago we happened to be in London attended the same event and had a delightful dinner eating curry (Indian Food) in central London.  We asked Mark if he would do a podcast with me to give an overview of the paper and it's a great discussion.  I also asked Sandeep Singh to join me - Sandeep is the 3PAR StoreServ director of product management. 


The thing that the three of us agreed with - which was a similar conclusion that I reached in the AFA podcast I did with Chris Evans and Chris Wahl - is that it really is about the requirements.  Right click here for the podcast with Mark and Sandeep. 


There's also a video that Sandeep did with Jake Ludington from HP Discover that is worth a look!


HP Converged System announcement from HP Discover

HP ConvergedSystems overview.pngAlong with the storage announcements that I've been covering here on ATSB, the other big news that I think would be of interest to you is the HP Converged System announcement.  On the full blog post, I tell more of a personal story about Tom and my thoughts about him at HP as well as a few videos - so go to the full blog post to see that.


Converged Systems

Tom Joyce was named the SVP and General Manager of the HP Converged System organization a few months ago.  I did a short video with Tom at HP Discover where he gave an overview of the announcements he made in Barcelona. 


There's a lot more on the full blog post, so check it out!

HP Labs Innovation at HP Discover

At HP Discover 2012 in Frankfurt, I met Martina Trucco and did a really fun video with her where we talked about things going on in HP Labs.  Martin is also the managing editor of the Innovation @ HP Labs blog


I think the video rose to the top of the minds of the guys in the video crew in Frankfurt because they shot video for 2 1/2 days with the camera pointed in the same direction for over 50 videos they did.  Someone on the team who knows I'm a bit "adventurous" came to me and suggested that we could do the video with Martina sitting on a roof so the video guys could point the camera in a different direction. 


I reached out to Martina before we left for Barcelona to see if we could do another video and while the setting wasn't sitting on a roof, I was able to get together with her so she could tell me about an Innovation Theatre session she hosted with several leaders from HP Labs.  We didn't have a video crew for this video - I actually shot the video and did the editing.  I also was at the Innovation Theatre session and grabbed some video from that as B-roll I used in this video - so check it out!


The Innovation Theatre session  The Future According to HP Labs is now available on so check it out!

Backup, Recovery, and Archive (BURA) updates from HP Discover

If you were paying attention before HP Discover, I had started talking about the BURA Challenge.  And if you watched the discussions coming from HP Discover, BURA was a hot topic as we totally refreshed both the StoreOnce and StoreAll product lines.  Jake Ludington was in the Blogger Lounge doing short video interviews.  I asked Patrick Osborne to walk through the announcements with Jake.  Patrick is the Director of Product Management and Marketing for StoreOnce, StoreAll, and StoreEver and does a great job giving a summary of the BURA news in under 9 minutes! He and Jake got pretty geeky talking about StoreAll Express Query.


Hopefully you saw the ChalkTalks I did on each of these product enhancements but here they are again for you:

There's also a short video with David Scott talking BURA - so go to the blog to see the full post.

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