HP Discover is the premier event in the US for bringing together HP experts with their partners and customers. While I don't get together to these sort of events often, they are always great way of getting to know where technology is happening as well as opportunity to meet those using it. Unfortunately living on the wrong side of "the pond" (in Australia) means I can't get to Las Vegas all that easily.
There seem to be a lot of topics, particular around the converging of infrastructure components. Lorenzo Gonzales is speaking at a few sessions - "Network infrastructure optimization: a new and holistic approach" and "Network reference architectures to address virtualization, cloud and other IT trends". Having a structured approach to mapping business requirements through to the new infrastructure possibilities with the trend towards the cloud and virtualization is important to avoid heading down a dead-end path. I know Lorenzo has a lot of experience at understanding and addressing this, so I'm sure he will present something of interest.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) seems to be a growing trend, and something that all IT managers are going to have to address seriously. Balancing potential cost savings and benefits of allowing employees some freedom of choice, needs to be compared with the security implications of having less control of what is on your network is something a number of customers are struggling with. There are a number of talks at HP Discover on BYOD, examining both the policy issues as well as some of the technical solutions that HP have to offer.
Finally, I would love to hear Yanick Poufarry's talk on IPv6 transition. Particularly with IPv6 launch day next week, http://www.worldipv6launch.org/, any network manager worth their salt needs to seriously consider what their plans are to start integrating with this new version of the Internet Protocol. Yanick is our representative on the IPv6 Forum, so I am confident what she says will be worthwhile.
Anyway, HP Discover is on from 4th to 7th June, so you better be quick and register at http://www.hp.com/go/discover if you want to go! (You can also find a catalog for all the sessions there as well, so have a look to see if anything tickles your fancy).
Martin Visser provides technical consulting services at all phases including analysis, planning, design and implementation. He has a wide range of experience in WAN and LAN technologies, as well as providing security solutions and deploying operating system infrastructure. Besides working directly with clients to deploy technology in their data centers, Martin also find myself architecting or discussing solutions with a business’s chief information officer, helping to lay out a roadmap for the coming years.