I just had the possibility to attend HP Discover, which really was about discovering the broad depth of HP offerings. Considering the fact that previously my engagement has only been with their hardware, outsourcing services and a few tools within their software-suites – my knowledge of them were probably not the complete HP.
During the event we met quite a few people working with cutting edge technology and got the idea of how HP views the enterprise segment.Obviously quite a few sessions focused on their next step, product and services announcements aswell as how they could assist your business with things, but certainly not limited to the to those sessions. After digesting through a key note or two – quite interesting topics were discovered and the fact that you could interact with HP in so many ways were amazing.
One thing was especially appreciated; Their cloud-concepts were not as unclear. Usually cloud is a concept vaguely referring to a change of a business model where you are traditionally using an outside service providing the hands and feet of IT in a standardized process. There are several services out there – working in quite few different ways. However, HP admitted that they had some offerings, others were just started and some were just concepts beeing discussed. The good part about this is that we got to see demos (yeah, woho!) of products that was in progress.
However, some interesting topics that was gathered;
HP ProLiant Server and BladeSystem Management Packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007
The HP StorageWorks Management Packs for Microsoft Systems Center 2007
HP Client Catalog for Microsoft System Center Products
Application Transformation Solutions << These consultants blew me away !
Looking into the HP Application Transformation Solutions were quite amazing in many ways as they provided tools, know-how and processes. Having discussions with those guys provided great new insights and really challenged ones mindset in many ways.
Favourite speaker? Prith Banerjee was giving a key note that was electric and really got everyone excited about all the topics he brought up! Prith is responsible for HP Labs – which is their research department look at future use of any type of technology.
After three days of non-stop discussing from early morning till late evening – I am kinda tired and will definitely appreciate my own bed at home. Btw, Vienna Airport has free WiFi!