HP Discover 2012 – Whatever’s happening in Vegas, it’s NonStop!

HP Discover 2012 – Whatever’s happening in Vegas, it’s NonStop!
I’ve just returned from HP’s biggest user event for the year, Discover 2012.  As we from the NonStop crowd have come to expect, this years’ conference was large and impressive – similar to what we’ve seen in previous years.  I for one was pleasantly surprised with the conference layout this year.  There’s no getting around the fact that, as a conference hosting towards 15,000 people, there’s going to be some significant distances (and crowds!) involved, but this year it seemed easier to find what you were looking for, with other things like registration and meals handled better than previously.  One standout improvement was the location of the NonStop partners – we had our own signposted area, co-located with the HP NonStop group, which meant much less traipsing back and forth to engage with our HP colleagues.
In terms of content, we saw some excellent keynote sessions.  Meg Whitman took the stage on Tuesday morning to outline her three-pronged corporate strategy, focussed on cloud, security and information optimisation (or big data management).  This in turn was layered over the 4 main areas of offering that HP provides – infrastructure, software, services and solutions.  All good stuff.  Meg went on to discuss a number of HP customer case studies, which (by my count) were all NonStop customers, perhaps bar one.  State Bank of India, a massive NonStop user in the card payments space, was one example, and as we all know, they’ve been happy NonStop users for many years.  It was great to see NonStop getting such prominence, even if it was implied – and this fact was referred to by other HP NED/BCS execs over the coming days.  Meg then introduced Jeffrey Katzenberg, from Dreamworks, who gave a very entertaining presentation, including live animals (!), and a sneak-peak of the upcoming Madagascar movie – some of the stats around production of a Dreamworks animated presentation are quite astounding.  The 2 ½ minute Madagascar promo that we saw took an amazing 6TB of storage.  Three seconds of animation can take a skilled animator a week to complete.  Each movie takes an average of 5 years to produce, and 3D is complicating things even further.  Of course, HP provides the infrastructure that underpins everything Dreamworks does, and this was refreshing to hear from such a creative environment where hardware components are often assumed to be of a different flavour.
Other notable sessions included the HP NonStop: The Platform for Continuous Business, presented by Ric Lewis and Randy Myer, which for most of us was our first chance to see Ric presenting on NonStop.  He came across as very aware of the value that NonStop brings to HP, and very understanding of the considerable legacy that a lot of us bring to the NonStop environment.  Everyone at the show seemed extremely upbeat about the enthusiastic way Ric has jumped into his role.  If you want to hear more from Ric and Randy, I would recommend this interview that they gave at the show: http://t.co/XGTj3Fq2
Closer to home, Karen Copeland, NonStop Security Product Manager, presented a couple of times on NonStop security.  It’s always great to see what’s coming up in this critical area, and it’s even nicer when you see a few of your products forming an important part of the HP product roadmap.  As usual, Karen did an excellent job.
Another interview I’ve come across since the show completed is Rafal Los (Twitter: @Wh1t3Rabbit), Chief Security Evangelist at HP, interviewing HP NED Master Technologist Justin Simmonds – Raf is well known in security circles and Justin does a great job of bringing him up to speed on NonStop.  Take a listen at http://bit.ly/Ks8Cez.
Wednesday evening saw the hosting of the NonStop Community Reception, which was held thanks to the generosity of twenty-one NonStop vendors, at the Grand Lux Café.  This turned out to be a fantastic event, not just for catching up with old friends, but for making new ones as well, with many different vendors and NonStop users represented.  Indeed, we estimated there to be over 200 people there at the peak of the gathering – it got quite cozy in that relatively small room!  Still, a great night – thank you again to all the vendors who helped make it possible.
Things started winding down on Thursday, with many having just enough energy to checkout the entertainment for the week – Sheryl Crow and Don Henley.  Excellent food and cocktails were a welcome accompaniment to some fantastic music.
All in all, another excellent conference.  We look forward to the NonStop Technical Boot Camp that was just announced for San Jose Oct 14-16, and to doing it all again in Vegas next year!
Andrew Price
XYPRO Technology Corporation
HP NonStop Server Security
and Encryption Solutions

I’ve just returned from HP’s biggest user event for the year, Discover 2012.  As we from the NonStop crowd have come to expect, this years’ conference was large and impressive – similar to what we’ve seen in previous years.  I for one was pleasantly surprised with the conference layout this year.  There’s no getting around the fact that, as a conference hosting towards 15,000 people, there’s going to be some significant distances (and crowds!) involved, but this year it seemed easier to find what you were looking for, with other things like registration and meals handled better than previously.  One standout improvement was the location of the NonStop partners – we had our own signposted area, co-located with the HP NonStop group, which meant much less traipsing back and forth to engage with our HP colleagues.

In terms of content, we saw some excellent keynote sessions.  Meg Whitman took the stage on Tuesday morning to outline her three-pronged corporate strategy, focussed on cloud, security and information optimisation (or big data management).  This in turn was layered over the 4 main areas of offering that HP provides – infrastructure, software, services and solutions.  All good stuff.  Meg went on to discuss a number of HP customer case studies, which (by my count) were all NonStop customers, perhaps bar one.  State Bank of India, a massive NonStop user in the card payments space, was one example, and as we all know, they’ve been happy NonStop users for many years.  It was great to see NonStop getting such prominence, even if it was implied – and this fact was referred to by other HP NED/BCS execs over the coming days.  Meg then introduced Jeffrey Katzenberg, from Dreamworks, who gave a very entertaining presentation, including live animals (!), and a sneak-peak of the upcoming Madagascar movie – some of the stats around production of a Dreamworks animated presentation are quite astounding.  The 2 ½ minute Madagascar promo that we saw took an amazing 6TB of storage.  Three seconds of animation can take a skilled animator a week to complete.  Each movie takes an average of 5 years to produce, and 3D is complicating things even further.  Of course, HP provides the infrastructure that underpins everything Dreamworks does, and this was refreshing to hear from such a creative environment where hardware components are often assumed to be of a different flavour.

Other notable sessions included the HP NonStop: The Platform for Continuous Business, presented by Ric Lewis and Randy Myer, which for most of us was our first chance to see Ric presenting on NonStop.  He came across as very aware of the value that NonStop brings to HP, and very understanding of the considerable legacy that a lot of us bring to the NonStop environment.  Everyone at the show seemed extremely upbeat about the enthusiastic way Ric has jumped into his role.  If you want to hear more from Ric and Randy, I would recommend this interview that they gave at the show: http://t.co/XGTj3Fq2

Closer to home, Karen Copeland, NonStop Security Product Manager, presented a couple of times on NonStop security.  It’s always great to see what’s coming up in this critical area, and it’s even nicer when you see a few of your products forming an important part of the HP product roadmap.  As usual, Karen did an excellent job.

Another interview I’ve come across since the show completed is Rafal Los (Twitter: @Wh1t3Rabbit), Chief Security Evangelist at HP, interviewing HP NED Master Technologist Justin Simmonds – Raf is well known in security circles and Justin does a great job of bringing him up to speed on NonStop.  Take a listen at http://bit.ly/Ks8Cez.

Wednesday evening saw the hosting of the NonStop Community Reception, which was held thanks to the generosity of twenty-one NonStop vendors, at the Grand Lux Café.  This turned out to be a fantastic event, not just for catching up with old friends, but for making new ones as well, with many different vendors and NonStop users represented.  Indeed, we estimated there to be over 200 people there at the peak of the gathering – it got quite cozy in that relatively small room!  Still, a great night – thank you again to all the vendors who helped make it possible.

Things started winding down on Thursday, with many having just enough energy to checkout the entertainment for the week – Sheryl Crow and Don Henley.  Excellent food and cocktails were a welcome accompaniment to some fantastic music.

All in all, another excellent conference.  We look forward to the NonStop Technical Boot Camp that was just announced for San Jose Oct 14-16, and to doing it all again in Vegas next year!

Andrew Price

XYPRO Technology Corporation
HP NonStop Server Security and Encryption Solutions

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