I've been sitting on video of a security dramatization that the Nth Generation Players did at the recent Nth Generation Symposium I attended. I had talked to Rich Baldwin (founder and former CEO of Nth) who was thrilled that his team had found another way to make an event new and fresh - I've never seen drama used at a tech event but this was done very effectively. And lucky for me, they did it a second time because the first time I didn't have my Zoom Handy (audio recorded) connected to the sound board. The video is longer than most I do but interesting in my opinion.
With all the excitement around our StoreVirtual VSA announcement and VMworld coming up, I didn't get all the Nth Generation Symposium content out that I wanted to - so since I have nothing else to talk about today, I thought I'd give you this HP ProLiant Gen8 session from the Symposium.
Bill Swales is the VP of our Americas HP ProLiant team; I haven't seen Bill present in a long time and he taught me several things I didn't know about the new Gen8. Bill focused his presentation on the innovations HP has in the new platform. It's not an actual video of the session but I got a high quality audio recording of the sound board (thanks Nth!) and combined it with Bill's slides and a couple of videos he used.
I saw the best presentation I've ever seen on big data at the Nth Generation Symposium last week. The session was delivered by Marc Demarest, Founder & Principal of Noumenal, Inc. Marc didn't talk about big data from a vendor perspective but from a customer perspective. After Marc's session, I grabbed him before he could get out off the stage and asked to do a podcast with him, which he graciously did. This is a fantastic overview of his session. This is a fantastic overview of his session.
In the podcast, we focused on a definition Marc used for big data that focuses on six dimensions:
I'm at the Nth Generation Symposium in Anaheim and there's been some fantastic content here - and of course one of my goals on ATSB is to bring you content from others. On Wednesday, Kit Colbert, Senior Strategist, Office of the CTO at VMware had a keynote titled "The Software-Defined Data Center: The Foundation of Enterprise IT. I got a few minutes with Kit before he flew back to Palo Alto and have a very interesting podcast with him. When I'm back home and have time to come up for breath, I'll add some more notes about our discussion but for now since the next sessions have started, I just wanted to give you the podcast so here it is.
Last week I talked about going to the Nth Generation Symposium in Anaheim. It kicked off yesterday and is now in full swing. One of the yesterday's sessions really caught my attention - being a marketing guy and working in technology. The session was titled Branding & Marketing IT: Take Control of Your "Brand" - If You Don't Others Will!" The presenter was Joel Manfredo, Senior IT Strategist. Joel presented last year at Nth Generation as an end user and this year he's back as a consultant.
I grabbed Joel after his session and we did a podcast talking about it. Interesting stuff!
If you rather download this as a podcast, right click here and save the MP3 file. You can also subscribe to my podcast on iTunes - go to the iTunes store and search for "Around the Storage Block" or you can open this link and click on the "View in iTunes" button under my picture.
At HP Discover a few years ago, I met Dan Molina, the CTO of Nth Generation. Nth is an HP partner in Southern California and Dan had invited me to attend their annual Nth Generation Symposium. I went to the event in 2010 and was so impressed that I also attended in 2011. I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to attend again so next week I'll be there for my third visit. Since the event is at the Disney Grand Californian, the setting for the event is fantastic - other than last year my hotel room overlooked the park Disney California Adventure and I was jealous that I could only look and not go play.
The event is a great mix of sessions and a $7 million technology showcase. Here's a link where you can read about the agenda and the event. Events like this are a great chance to talk to customers and others in the industry - from those conversations I hope to have videos, podcasts, and blog posts on ATSB from Nth Generation 12th Annual Symposium.