HP Discover is off to a fantastic start - not only have I already rubbed shoulders with 10,000 great HP partners, clients, and fellow employees - I've spotted not one, two, or three - but four Elvii (I had to look up the correct plural for Elvis!) *and* a Marilyn Monroe!
Oh yeah - there's also an incredible amount of technology demonstrations, product and service announcements, great keynote speakers - all located in an amazing conference center that seems to have no end.
Must mean I'm in Vegas!
Monday's keynotes from Leo Apotheker, Kirk Skaugen (Intel), and Bill McDermott (SAP) were great - unfortunately, I had to miss a few others in order to prepare to start meeting some of our Web Services customers back in the Industries and Services pavilion. But it was very interesting to hear Leo and Kirk both mention the multitude of issues facing both corporations as well as individuals as the world moves towards "the cloud" - but the one in particular that kept resonating with me (as a customer of my local electric company - is that the air conditioner I hear coming on AGAIN?) is the power consumption concerns that data centers are up against, as they throw more hardware and bigger networks at their customer's needs. Kirk mentioned that in 2010, data centers accounted for 2% of the world's power consumption. While 2% may not sound like a large number, that's a pretty big slice of the pie for one particular consumption source - especially when the world is faced with the energy situation we find ourselves in in the 21st century.
HP's looking to address a variety of issues with our Instant On offerings - but given the power consumption issues Kirk had mentioned, it was great to hear about some of the new storage and server products being announced this week that will require 35%-40% less power than their predecessors. And one of the most eye-drawing items on the Expo floor (other than that pack of Elvii, of course!) is the HP “EcoPOD" - designed as a self-contained "all-in-one" data center that gives customers an amazing return on their power investment. I'm looking forward to having a chance to take a look inside that and learning more about it.
If you weren't able to attend HP Discover this year, start thinking about making plans for HP Discover 2012 - I can only imagine how this show is going to grow into an even more amazing event in the future. And if you ARE here in Vegas, please feel free to stop by booth IS-2 in the Industries and Services Pavilion to talk to us about the upcoming HP Support Center portal - which I'll be covering more about in an upcoming blog. And please introduce yourself to me as well - I look forward to having a chance to meet you!