Converged Infrastructure

Plan your HP Discover agenda to include HP Converged Infrastructure-focused sessions.

HPD - CI Promo Blog A - Base Graphic.jpgAs a follow on to my first HP Discover blog post: Are you ready to exploit the value of convergence? Attend HP Discover and learn how. This post is designed to help you build-out a logical and relevant convergence session agenda – and why. Things that will help you exit Discover with a greater understanding of your convergence and cloud solutions, deeper insight into the HP ConvergedSystem value, and more about the evolving Software-Defined movement.

 

More than likely you’re already scheduled to attend Tuesday’s General Session (3:00-5:00) – “Defining the New Style of IT” – hosted by Meg Whitman as well as the Wednesday General Session (2:00-4:00) where Meg Whitman and Martin Fink will share their vision of the future for the New Style of IT.

 

To help you navigate the over 500 sessions and a boat load of technology demos, below is my recommended list of ‘convergence-focused’ sessions to add to your agenda to gain the full breadth of convergence value.

(Note: Attached is a PDF of the list below to have for future reference)

 

Here goes.

 

                                                                    TUESDAY, June 10th

 

Innovation in operations: Unleash the power of Big Data in the New Style of IT operations 
(Session TK3480)

Track Keynote: Tuesday, Jun 10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Why attend:  This a good grounding session to start off with for those struggling with managing increased infrastructure complexity and security demands. This session will help you dig into HP innovations and a unique technology that combines the power of Big Data analytics and automation to increase the velocity of delivery. See real results and a featured roundtable of industry experts to address the ins-and-outs of achieving a world-class IT.

 

Transform your business with HP ConvergedSystem plus HP OneView: The automation solution for the onl...
(Session TK4178)

Track Keynote: Tuesday, Jun 10, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Why attend:  As a great follow-on to the session above, here Tom Joyce (SVP and GM Converged Systems) AND Eron Kelly (GM, SQL Server Marketing, Microsoft Corporation) will share the HP ConvergedSystem portfolio; all wrapped under a single management layer with HP OneView. This is a great overview into integrated systems - the wave of the future.

 

Enterprise architect birds of a feather
(Session DF3763)

Discussion Forum: Tuesday, Jun 10, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Why attend:  Led by HP’s Enterprise Architecture team, this session will let you take what you heard before – or have been dying to ask – and share infrastructure planning best practices via a round table format. This is your chance to meet and network with a small group to exchange ideas and talk about key technology trends projected for the next five years. NOTE: Seats for this session are booked in advance. Reserve your seat early.

 

A better way to virtualize
(Session DT3612)

Discover Theater: Tuesday, Jun 10, 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Why attend:  Now it’s time to peel back the convergence onion a bit. With IDC predicting that there will be 2X virtual machine (VM) growth, 2X user growth, 3X device growth, and 6X data growth by the year 2015, in this session you’ll learn about the future of virtualization; get answers to your burning questions; dispel common virtualization myths; and discover how the latest solutions from HP will ease your virtualization journey. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

DIY isn’t always faster or more affordable: With HP ConvergedSystem, get up and running in 20 days w...
(Session DT3995)

Discover Theater: Tuesday, Jun 10, 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Why attend:  I thought this session was a great way to end the first day – especially if integrated systems is your game. Bryan Leopard (ConvergedSystem Product Manager) will take the HP ConvergedSystem solution to a deeper level – ruthless standardization, simplification, deploy quickly and easily, one-click ordering and rapid deployment in less than 20 days, and more. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

 

                                                                                            WEDNESDAY, June 11th

 

A new data center strategy for the New Style of IT
(Session DF3186)

Discussion Forum: Wednesday, Jun 11, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Why attend:  If you’re in a role that looks more broadly across your data center, you must check out the new HP ‘Facility-as-a-Service’ – a partnership between HP and you (our customer), where HP owns and maintains the data center infrastructure running on the customer-owned site – the ultimate in confidence knowing your data center operations can meet your on-going IT and business requirements today and tomorrow. NOTE: Seats for this session are booked in advance. Reserve your seat early.

 

The future of your data center – And what to do about it today
(Session DT3613)

Discover Theater: Wednesday, Jun 11, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Why attend:  This session is as great follow-on to the session above (or a great way to start your day to bring logic to the bigger IT puzzle). Duncan Campbell (CI Solutions, Strategy and Growth Enablement) will peal the onion back on the three key trends for the data center of the future, as well as the benefits they offer. It’s a way to step into and the across the infrastructure, management, people, and governance. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

Realize your enterprise vision
(Session TK3586)

Track Keynote: Wednesday, Jun 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Why attend:  If you are struggling with your technology decisions, this session is as great follow-on to the one above. Here, leaders in HP Enterprise Services will share how to build road maps, enable effective transformation, and manage risk. They will bring the best of HP together so you can make informed choices. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

HP ConvergedSystem: Order to operations in as few as 20 days; game-changing technology for the New S...
(Session BB4181)

Business Breakout: Wednesday, Jun 11, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Why attend th:  Many of you might know Gary Stevens (Technical Marketing Mgr) from past events – his recognized expertise takes him everywhere. Gary will take the HP ConvergedSystem discussion just a little deeper – how we fundamentally transformed our manufacturing, pricing, and service delivery models to provide an easier, faster, and better way to do business. NOTE: Seats for this session will be on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

HP ConvergedSystem Living Lab: How many and how fast? Get first-hand experience of a virtual machine...
(Session LL4557)

Living Lab (located on the event floor): Wednesday, Jun 11, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Why attend:  I know everyone has some level of virtualization on their mind. And with virtualization (beyond servers) probably the hottest thing going; in this technical introduction session you will hear and learn how to quickly and easily size the proper number of virtual machines for your workloads, and see results of those offered by other vendors. NOTE: Seats for this session are booked in advance. Reserve your seat early.

 

Twelve questions to ask your convergence vendor
(Session DT3610)

Discover Theater: Wednesday, Jun 11, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Why attend:  With infrastructure convergence in full swing, the only question that really remains is “which vendor is best to go with and with which solution?”. Helen Tang (WW Lead - HP Converged Infrastructure Solution) will help you make more informed convergence decision by sharing the top 12 questions you should ask convergence vendor (based on recommendations from the Gartner Group). NOTE: Seats for this session will be on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

TAKE A BREAK, THEN GO ENJOY THE HP DISCOVER CELEBRATION NIGHT.

7:00 – 11:30 pm / Venetian Ballroom and Hall D

 

 

                                                               THURSDAY, June 12th

 

Stretching data center limits with the software-defined data center
(Session TB3756)

Technical Breakout: Thursday, Jun 12, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Why attend:  By now, hopefully you’ve gain a better, more lucid understanding of things to focus on when you leave Discover. This session adds a kernel of insight into the next logical convergence trend: Software-defined data center (SDDC). This session will be a great addition to your converging IT infrastructure knowledge with a look ahead into the future state >> SDDC. NOTE: Seats for this session will be on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

SDDC: What you need to know about software-defined data centers, and how to get there
(Session PNL3823)

Panel Discussion: Thursday, Jun 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Why attend:
  If you attend the session just above, now you can hear from a group of HP experts (from HP Networking, Storage, Servers, and Services organizations) who will share more – and take questions – about the promise of a software-defined data center and how you can start moving there incrementally, using currently available software-defined capabilities. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

Two-speed IT: What the heck is it? And what does it mean to your infrastructure?
(Session DT3611)

Discover Theater: Thursday, Jun 12, 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Why attend:  I really like this session as it brings ‘practicality’ to your work life. Helen Tang (WW Lead - HP Converged Infrastructure Solution) will share the “bi-modal” or “two-speed” IT approach. In other words: it’s about how to make convergence solution decisions that make sense in terms of priorities, current investments, business value needed, and so on; A great way to start your journey home. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

HP ConvergedSystem Living Lab: HP OneView—Get up close and personal with this breakthrough managemen...
(Session LL4556)

Living Lab (located on the event floor): Thursday, Jun 12, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Why attend:  You thought I forgot about management. Nope. With Infrastructure management fast becoming the central nervous system of the data center, I would be remiss if I did not recommend a session or two about HP OneView. Here you will learn how to save significant time by using templates to deploy new instances in seconds and automatically deploy hypervisor clusters for VMware vCenter and Microsoft® System Center. But that’s not all: Also see my next recommended session. NOTE: Seats for this session are booked in advance. Reserve your seat early.

 

Bridging the data center infrastructure management gap
(Session DT3757)

Discover Theater: Thursday, Jun 12, 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Why attend:  How do you bridge the gap between IT infrastructure management, data center infrastructure management, and service management best practices? This session will give you the answers to these questions and more. NOTE: Seats are on a 'first come, first served' basis.

 

HP CloudSystem: An integrated solution for private and hybrid clouds
(Session TB3962)

Technical Breakout: Thursday, Jun 12, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Why attend: Here, our HP CloudSystem product experts bring you an interactive session about the CloudSystem product portfolio, its architecture, and the capabilities of each HP CloudSystem offering. They will explore HP CloudSystem from the perspective of three user roles: the cloud administrator, the service architect, and the service consumer. Really cool stuff to close out your time at Discover. NOTE: Seats for this session are booked in advance. Reserve your seat early.

 

I hope this helped you optimize your time at Discover. But there is more: Stay tuned for my next blog for my recommended HP Converged Infrastructure demos to see. Also, these session days and times may change – probably not - but check back regularly.

 

Thanks,

Russ

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