Grusse aus Deutschland! Yes, I was there, presented and thoroughly enjoyed the show. In fact, Tech@Work is one of my favorite events of the year because I get to fully interact with our customers and partners - always bringing me incredible insight and a reality check.
There was a lot of excitement and buzz generated by the coming out of new HP Converged Infrastructure products and service proof points. But the big news may have been how the Volcano Gods were smiling down on what turned out to be a wonderful four days. But back to the 'BIG' Announcements.
Bringing Mission Critical to the Converged Infrastructure
In case you missed it, HP unveiled the Next Generation Integrity Server (NGIS). This was big news as press and our customers packed in to hear how HP has ushered in its Mission Critical Servers - from "x86 to Superdome". This impressive line-up delivers a common infrastructure for mission critical and non-mission critical applications. You can even use MC DB Integrity (2-8 sockets - delivering 9x the performance in ½ the footprint), blade servers, and x86 App blade servers all sharing common Converged Infrastructure architecture components - with common management delivered through the Matrix Operating Environment and tightly tying in power & cooling and Virtual Connect networking.
The customer choice points are many including the massive Superdome 2 consolidation server based on the new Intel 9300 series, and all the new Integrity products use the existing HP UX 11i v3 that work with the existing application and ISV solutions.
Talking about ISV solutions. This was also the coming out Party for HP AllianceONE. This program creates a common program for ISVs, IHVs and System Integrators to support the HP Converged Infrastructure. Unifying the multiple ISV programs under one umbrella provides a simpler way to access marketing and technical information across all of the HP server, storage and networking products for partners.
Making it real - The Messe in Frankfurt it was buzzing with the 'Realize the Future' breakouts & tracks
The event was jam-packed with many HP Converged Infrastructure solutions that help our clients find better ways to deal with "IT Sprawl". These were made real through the use of multiple Use Cases & Customer Success stories that addressed both transformational initiatives and step wise "building block" approaches with clear ROIs.
All-in-all for me, probably the best perspective that summed it all up was when a key Gartner Analyst called the trend of convergence, "unstoppable".
There was so much buzz that I doubt anyone could absorb it all. Feel free to re-live some of the key messages with podcasts from one of the top IT journalist and blogger Stephen Pritchard, or if you need information about the many collaborative workshops, or help getting started with our 'assessment' tools, please contact me or look me up at HP TechForum in Las Vegas this June!