Next week, I will be traveling for Tech Talk to the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas. I have my agenda for the event in front of me now and I wanted to highlight some of the coverage that I’ll be providing from the event.
Monday, June 6
10:00 am PDT – Live blogging the Converged Infrastructure Press Conference featuring David Donatelli
4:00 pm PDT – Live blogging the Opening General Session for HP Discover; Léo Apotheker & Bill McDermott speaking
Tuesday, June 7
8:00 am PDT – Live blogging the General Session with Ann Livermore, Bill Veghte & David Donatelli
4:30 pm PDT – Hopefully live blogging the Keynote, Extending HP Converged Infrastructure with HP’s new Virtualization Solutions with Tom Joyce; otherwise check my Twitter for updates
Thursday, June 9
2:00 pm PDT – Live blogging the General Session with Prith Banerjee & Tom Hogan
Although I doubt that coverage will be real-time, I have a full schedule so sessions focused on Blade hardware, EVA storage and VMware for the week. I also have a scheduled session to investigate HP StoreOnce along with tape archival strategies (Session 3839) and how to integrate the two together, as well as learning more about how HP StoreOnce works (Session 3501).
Converged infrastructure appears to be the buzzword for HP Discover this year. As a whole, the industry appears to be moving to packaged solutions. See Oracle’s Sun aquisition and packaging of their databases with Oracle hardware and the VCE (VMware Cisco EMC) alliance vBlocks. It will be interesting to see what HP has created for integrated solutions. HP has the E5000 enterprise messaging solution as part of its converged infrastructure portfolio and I expect to see more of the same announced during the conference.
I am VMware heavy in my day-to-day jobs, so my scheduled sessions reflect this as well. Specific sessions of interest for me are concerning vSphere 4.1 running on Virtual Connect Flex-10 (Session 3996) and Tips and Tricks for building VMware ESX 4.1 on HP c-Class Blades (Session 3968).
One of the perks of attending the conference as a blogger is the access to the exclusive Bloggers Lounge. HP has scheduled some informal coffee talks during the week for bloggers to pick the minds and find out more information from HP staff.
All in all, I’m looking forward to a great week learning more about HP’s direction and solutions.