I flew into Vienna to attend HP’s Discover 2011 conference which covered the extensive portfolio of HP products and services. I was looking forward to their announcements to see what they were working on and to ensure that the innovation and momentum continued. The highlights for me were:
- HP announcement about their B6200 StoreOnce backup system which brings impressive statistics and performance metrics, for capacity and backup/restore throughput – specs live here – http://h18000.www1.hp.com/storage/pdfs/4AA3-7775ENW.pdf
- HP announcement about their HP X5000 G2 Network Attached Storage System, which aims to aid midsize companies which already have a degree of experience with Microsoft Windows, to build upon it through an offering based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server. The specifications for it, live here – http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/14154_div/14154_div.pdf
- Hearing the keynote from Meg Whitman which was informative about her background, her vision for HP and the underlying HP strategy which has since been re-enforced by other speakers and divisions where the focus is on stabilising the core, and innovating to deliver end user accessibility, functionality and pricing.
I then spent the afternoon walking around seeing what the different HP and non-HP booths had on display without disappointment, notable ones that I spoke with were fusion-io, VMware, Symantec, Violin Memory, veeam as well as the various HP ones including their data center which is very cool.
Pictures of the event have been posted on twitter but are also on our flickr page – http://www.flickr.com/photos/24561473@N00/sets/72157628217134307/