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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. 

 

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HP 3PAR StoreServ in South Africa

P1030801.JPGIn my previous blog post, I told you a bit about my trip to South Africa that included a trip to Kruger National Park and a podcast with HP Storage partner Aptronics.  If you haven't seen it, the discussion with Aptronics was really good and the videos and pictures I got of the the wildlife at Kruger is amazing.  I wanna go back soon!

 

Today I have another podcast - this time with HP Storage partner SYSDBA.  SYSDBA has an interesting story - they didn't originally have expertise in storage.  They were looking at how to grow their business and after looking at 3PAR (long before HP acquired it), they became the exclusive partner in South Africa for 3PAR.  Here's the podcast with SYSDBA.

 

You cam download this podcast with right click here and save the MP3 file or head over to the full blog post where there's more info and you can listen to the podcast there. 

HP Storage in South Africa - and a few wild animals!

P1030646.JPGTo say I was a little excited about being invited to speak at a customer event by our HP Storage team in South Africa is a bit understated.  When they first asked me, I asked them "do you really mean me"?  Well, they did and I'm back from an unbelievable trip.  In this post, I'll briefly talk about all the fun I had, point to video and pictures I have of my weekend at Kruger National Park and share a podcast I did with Aptronics, an HP partner I met with in Johannesburg.

 

Planes, trains, and automobiles

Ok - the only train I took was between terminals at an airport but it was a very long trip for me to get to entrance of Kruger National Park in South Africa.  42 hours to be exact.  I didn't pay attention to the itinerary I booked and had a 7 hour layover in San Francisco.  That ended up being a good thing because I did get a bunch of things done preparing for the event in Johannesburg. 

 

I flew into Johannesburg, South Africa and caught a small commuter plane to Nelspruit where I rented a car and headed for the Crocodile Bridge entrance into Kruger National Park.

 

To see videos and pictures I have of the animals along with the podcast, go to the full blog post.

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