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Innovation, Big Data, storage, and more: HP Discover 2013 Barcelona day 1 wrap up

Day 1 of HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona was packed with information. Attendees were welcomed to the show floor starting at 9:30 am, and the day’s first sessions kicked off shortly after that. Here are some of the high points from the event:


whitman.JPGOpening general session featuring Meg Whitman

The anchor of the HP Discover event is the opening general session where HP CEO Meg Whitman shares HP’s vision, recent accomplishments, current challenges, and future roadmap.


Whitman began by explaining how current trends in mobility, cloud, security, and Big Data call for a New Style of IT that is based on convergence and provides agility, speed, and efficiency. The IT industry can no longer simply evolve existing technologies—the traditional IT configuration and architecture is no longer equipped to serve today's needs, let alone tomorrow's. New technologies are needed—technologies based on cloud that can handle Big Data, that are mobile ready, and that are compact, efficient, and cost effective.


Whitman highlighted the HP MoonShot servers as one innovation designed to solve our current data and processing capacity challenges, as well as our unsustainable energy use. For example, statistics state that the global cloud consumes five times more energy per year than the entire country of Spain. Considering that statistics also point to upwards of 70 percent of all computing being based in the cloud, more energy and space efficient servers will be a necessity moving forward. Moonshot is just the first step in this direction.


John Henshaw then joined the stage to outline HP’s own journey to the next generation data center. HP consolidated from 85 data centers down to six by using the latest innovations. HP is also using Moonshot to host its own website, which logs roughly 300 million hits per day. The hp.com Moonshot servers fit on just half a traditional rack.


moonshot2.JPGBill Veghte, executive VP and COO of HP, followed Henshaw’s talk to emphasize that HP is focusing on solutions that incorporate multiple HP technologies and business units, as opposed to just products. To provide examples, Veghte outlined the year’s top innovations, including HP OneView, HP Proliant SL4500, HP Network Mobility Solution, and of course HP Moonshot.


And, David Scott, senior VP of HP Storage, presented the latest HP Storage releases. Of particular note was the HP StoreOnce Backup Solution, HP Storage’s flagship storage platform.


A replay of the keynote will be posted soon on the HP Discover site here.


Innovation Theater sessions

These 20-minute sessions provide a platform for our customers, partners, and experts to demonstrate how innovation and collaboration can change business outcomes, people’s lives, and, ultimately, the world.


From terabytes to giggles: how DreamWorks Animation achieved a greater ROI—Return on Imagination: Kate Swanborg, head of enterprise marketing, and Derek Chan, head of global operations at DreamWorks, shared how storage innovations allow DreamWorks to manage the massivedreamworks.JPG amounts of data that contribute to each feature-length film. DreamWorks uses a three-tier storage system to manage, archive, and protect the 500 million digital files that comprise a typical DreamWorks animated movie. Chan shared the combination of HP Storage products that provide DreamWorks with storage capabilities. The session closed with a preview of DreamWork's upcoming film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.


Big Data - 100 percent of your data, 100 percent of the time using cloud-based analytics. In this session, Brian Weiss, VP and global lead, HP Autonomy shared the latest technologies from HP Autonomy that are underpinning HP's Big Data strategy, HAVEn. Using three customer examples and a live demonstration, Weiss explained how companies are taking advantage of the Big Data opportunity. HP customers NASCAR and Totenham Hotspur football league have used social media analysis to avert negative sentiment by knowing when and how to respond to their audiences. Weiss also shared how HP itself uses HAVEn to analyze a quarter million verbatim survey responses to gain insights on the employee experience.


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