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My briefing with DataCore, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Alexander Best (Director Technical Business Development).

First to all we have talk about the new SANsymphony-V 9 (released on June 26, 2012) and how this kind of storage virtualization solution (or we can all it an example of Software Defined Storage) is probably the only one that is completly vendor independent. I will write in the next post about the specific functions and integration for VMware.

In an annouce at the Powering The Cloud even, DataCore has defined its solution the “The Storage Hypervisor for the Cloud” including ‘Heat maps’ and tools to pinpoint storage bottlenecks and optimize storage pool management, high availability stretch-site mirroring, automatic Continuous Data Protection features for fast application recovery  and enterprise-wide flash SSD storage auto-tiering and adaptive caching capabilities that significantly boost the speed, throughput and availability of virtualized, I/O intensive business applications like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.

More interesting was the discussion about the new features and changes of this product.

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My briefing with VMware, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Rob Jenkins (Director Advisory Services, EMEA).

Basically we have done a recap of some VMworld announcements and the VMware’s vision of the datacenters:

  • Flexibile IT infrastructure
  • Fabric of the datacenter
  • Fully automated

Was also interesting how VMware is doing a company data-mining to define and classify them by an “innovative score”.

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My briefing with Quantum, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Stéphane Estevez (Sr. Product Marketing Manager EMEA/APAC).

Quantum is one of the global expert in data protection and big data management solutions. Since 1980, they’ve been focused on helping IT departments address data protection and big data challenges with innovative solutions and world-class service and support. Quantum sells its branded products through a distribution network that includes more than 20 distributors and 5,000 resellers worldwide. Quantum also sells its products through leading OEMs such as Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and NetApp, as well as tape automation suppliers and tape media partners.

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Veeam announces it has expanded integration with HP to include SAN snapshot recovery for HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage using HP 3PAR Virtual Copy Software.

Currently, Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots enables IT administrators to recover virtual machines (VMs) or data directly from HP StoreVirtual Storage snapshots within the Veeam Backup & Replication application. Veeam support for the new 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage and all other 3PAR models is expected to become available in the first half of 2013.

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My briefing with Amplidata, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Tom Leyden (Director of strategic alliances and marketing).

Amplidata provides Optimized Object Storage systems for Big Data. It enables customers to deploy turnkey large-storage infrastructures that meet the highest reliability and availability requirements at the lowest possible cost. The company, founded on 2008, has a European headquarter at Lochristi, in Belgium (with also some customers in Italy). And also one in US, at Redwood City, CA.

The new CEO, Mike Wall, joined the Amplidata board on November 2nd 2011, and will be providing strategic insight and guidance to drive the company’s expansion in the market. It also has recently bring additional $6M funding.

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My briefing with Dot Hill, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Warren Reid (EMEA Marketing Director).

Dot Hill is a OEM manufacture in software and hardware solutions for storing, sharing, protecting and managing data. The headquarter is in Longmont, Colorado, but they have an office also in UK and some people in other EMEA countries.

Has previously produced OEM disk array and controller products and software for Dell, Fujitsu, HP, NetApp, Sun and others and has supplied over 350k arrays in its 10 year history. Currently the P2000 product for HP is build by Dot Hill.

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Interesting European IT events:

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I’ve already completed a four full immersion days of a Dell-Compellent technical course to become a Dell Compellent Authorized Installation Professional.

Dell-Compellent-AuthorizedThis was a good example on how a technical course (and it’s certification) must be.

Considering that a Dell-Compellent Storage has an important part related to cabling (and design the right topologies) this course is available only in a real class (make not sense to make in a virtual mode) with la lab to permit each candidate to make it’s tasks and tests.

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This event was really interesting and useful. There are several reasons to attend at this kind of event, but networking with other people and with Dell guys remain the main reason.

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During the last Dell Storage Forum event, there where a lot of social media activities. Considering that this time I was invited as a blogger, I can speak about all blogger’s related activities.

The list of official blogger, this time, was quite limited:

In this picture (taken by Michelle Richard) you can see the group with Charles Gillanders, formally a customer, but also a great blogger.

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Pictures

I’ve took a couple of pictures during the event and are all available on my Flickr page:

For other pictures collection see:

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IMG_3945As usual, on this event there where several sponsors, classified with a “storage” approach according to the level: Petabyte, Gigabyte, Megabyte.

Petabyte Sponsors where:

  • Brocade
  • Comm Vault
  • DataCore
  • F5
  • Microsoft
  • Siver Peak

We have already talk about the Dell announces at this event, but also some sponsor have made some announces, like Comm Vault. But also other vendors has presented interesting products and solutions.

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