Waking with the sun shining and seeing the ocean crashing on the beach is very surreal. What makes this experience better is knowing you are going to learn a lot that day.
While at breakfast a few of us bloggers started out apart and ended up morphing a table for two into table for three. Now this may not seem like much but it’s a change from the restaurant dynamic, it’s not what they had intended for this particular place setting.
That is the cloud, taking something that you would do normally and rethinking that normal process to the new normal. This thought process really made me think when fellow Blogger Tim Crawford mentioned it.
— Luigi Danakos (@NerdBlurt) March 26, 2013
You have to start thinking of things all over again. The possibilities of the cloud are still being explored by every company.
The location is set in Puerto Rico, this was beautiful choice and actually made me think of bigger picture outside of the US and Europe regions.
HP Converged Cloud
HP brought together a group of bloggers to focus on there Converged cloud offering.
Martin Castillo who is the HP General Manager & Managing Director for HP in the Caribbean & Puerto Rico, here he discussed the overall footprint of HP in the Caribbean. One of the major and eye opening things today was the fact that HP exports aprx. 11 billion dollars of products and services from this region.
Following Mr. Castillo was Shane Pearson who is the VP Portfolio & Product Management. Mr. Pearson gave a general overview on HP Converged Cloud.
Nigel Cook HP Technology Director & Strategist Cloud Management Expert, discussed briefly on the open source market.
We broke shortly after Nigel’s presentation for lunch. Which probably was a mistake as you look outside and see the gorgeous weather and pool below and made me want to go for a dip.
After lunch we had a briefing from Jorge Garcia (Networking Sales Specialist) & Carlos Torres (Networking Pre-Sales Consultant. Went into HP’s SDN strategy. HP maintains to keep their SDN working with Openflow. Not being a network guru this area interested me more and I am already reaching out to some more knowledgeable colleagues in networking to give me a better understanding.
Shane Pearson came back to present on Application ReleaseAutomation and the journey to the cloud. He went over HP’s CDA (Continuous Delivery Application) however here he didn’t stick to marketing slides and actually talked about some challenges and the process behind it. Another thing I liked about the presentation was he gave us some genuine engagement by telling us of something he does for his brothers company. I was glad to see that an executive still found time to actually play with technology and this helped validate more of what Mr. Pearson presented.
So far the event has been very thought provoking. It is being streamed live from SDRnews. We still have another day where we get to take a tour of the HP facility here in Puerto Rico. Also we are getting a tour of the governors mansion. Keep an eye out here as I have got some questions and products I will be looking into for future posts.
The major take away from today was more of a new thought process, as cloud becomes the new norm, we start rethinking how to better old processes with this new technology. Like HP going from traditional systems to the converged systems, adapting to this new product model.
So back at EMC World I met Chris from Clearpath Solutions Group out of the Baltimore, Washington D.C area. We had some great talks and it shows power of Social Media. We got to talking and I found out that Clearpath was going to be expanding up into the Boston Area. Seeing how I am from the Boston area , it was nice to hear of another company coming here.
Who is Clearpath Solutions Group?
Clearpath helps you store, protect, and manage your organization’s most valuable asset – information – while increasing your efficiency and decreasing your costs. As a leading provider of IT infrastructures, Clearpath specializes in:
- Implementing and supporting virtualized IT environments
- Building virtualized desktop environments
- Managing private cloud systems
- Unifying computing systems
- Creating customized design and architecture solutions
Let it begin
As many know we are attending various webinars being held by HP who is sponsoring this contest. I have to say it is definitely taking me outside the box in thinking and I LOVE IT!
HP like many are getting into the IT As A Service (IAAS) Solution game, or the “make your own cloud” game. With Virtualization booming in the data center, technology companies like HP need to stay fresh or get crumbled up and fed to the pigeons in the park.
Webinar 1- Converged Storage
Hp rockstars Lee Johns and Dale Degen did an astounding job hosting the stellar Blogger crew. I will definelty give HP credit for thinking outside the box with this great opportunity.
Q. What is HP’s converged storage?
This is HP’s IT As A Service Solution as I mentioned briefly above. What this does is takes the components Converged Storage, Servers, Networking and HPCSS (HP Converged Storage Software) and allows you to become a robust IT servicing machine. You have everything that you need to supply your end users with the best service possible.
Converged storage helps bridge the gap between the boundaries of Servers, networks & storage. These systems can scale-out with your business as it grows. That is accomplished by the use of HP Converged Storage Software.
The Reality Part
Well many know that this is part of a Bloggers Reality Contest. So be nice enjoy the video as I take you into the inner workings of a blogger writing a post. Please understand this is my very 1st time doing video! I am definitely out of my comfort zone here but find it very valuable for me to grow.
HP has made some significant strides in the Enterprise arena. Having converged infrastructure in their arsenal now keeps them in the game. This also allows for customers to expand slowly as their needs shift and grow. Saving money will help top executives choose a product, having a product that saves money on not just power and cooling but is flexible & can scale out is a great asset.
I like that HP is utilizing their acquisitions and not just shelving them. I do have some other questions and comments I’d like to explore in future posts. The upcoming webinars will allow for some of this but I am excited to be learning so much and that I can share it all with you bit by bit.
Please all this is a contest and I need your votes! Click the thumbs up so I can get some points!! Leave a comment about the video, critique me please!! the more comments the better, good, bad whatever!!