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Personal travelogue: Touring India, meeting the system integrator community

I had been excited as my trip to India approached. I’d never been before and it seemed like a bit of an adventure ahead. I was not disappointed! In three days I saw three cities: New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. Now of course I wasn’t just there to take in the culture. My trip involved many meetings with the Indian system integrator (SI) community. In our many discussions, the topic always quickly turned to storage. Here’s why

Door 1 for Flash Storage? Or Door 2? Guess What Old Colleagues Chose.

2 Doors Goel blog Image 1.jpgWe welcome Manish Goel, senior vice president and general manager of HP’s Storage organization, to our Storage Insiders blog. Manish is responsible for driving innovation and growing the overall profitability of the multibillion dollar global business. Look for more upcoming blogs sharing his insider’s perspective.


For his inaugural post, Manish talks about how he and a former NetApp colleague chose different paths to the new world of flash storage. One is an innovator who chose to build from the ground up, and one chose to leverage great foundational technology. Who will win?

Transitioning to the New Style of IT: What’s storage got to do with it?

It’s a given that the foundations of IT are changing and all of us – consumers, employees and businesses – are driving this change. The days of traditional IT with its conventional workloads and applications, long lead times and focus on driving down costs are numbered. Several mega trends are behind this shift, including mobility, social, Cloud and Big Data. Simply put, your enterprise today needs to be where your customers and employees are, and you need to be able to harvest insight from the mountains of data you are creating. This requires a complete re-evaluation of how our organisations think about infrastructure and operations. You must think about business outcomes instead of IT benefits, greater agility and profitability instead of reducing costs, and how IT can help to accelerate overall growth.

Reporting in from HP Global Partner Conference: bright lights, good times and partnership


I’m writing to you just back from Las Vegas after the close of the 4th annual Global Partner Conference (GPC). We hosted several thousand of our favourite people here in a combination of business sessions, 1:1 conversations and relationship-building activities.


Still basking in the bright lights and buzz of Vegas, I have to extend an appreciative “thank you” to the resellers, distributors and alliance partners that provide valuable routes to market and deep skills that make the IT industry work.




Judges Award Gold for Flash That Was Not Built (Just) For Flash!

By Craig Nunes, VP Marketing, HP Storage


123J.jpgRecently, the editorial staff of SearchStorage/Storage Magazine employed the help of users and experts in the field to choose three storage products for recognition from a mind-boggling list of 25 systems. As you might have heard by now, my own favorite, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 All-Flash Array, won the gold medal award for product of the year in the All-Flash category. Other recognition went to the Pure Storage Flash Array 450 and the Samsung SSD 845DC PRO 3D NAND, which is SSD media, not an all-flash array. First I want to give a shout-out to the Pure and Samsung teams for receiving well-deserved recognition in such an important competition. The SearchStorage judges’ methodical approach and well-informed view showed that the HP 3PAR All Flash Array and the Pure Storage system are perfect examples of state-of-the-art flash technology. But that’s where the story starts, not where it ends.



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