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There is less than a month to the big HP european event. Here the top 10 reasons on why attend (from HP site):

  1. Vision: hear about HP’s vision for the future directly from Meg Whitman and HP’s top executives. Learn about new innovative technology that is shaping the industry and your enterprise.
  2. Strategy: understand how you can make big ideas happen in your enterprise with a strategic approach to converged cloud, information optimisation, security and risk management, and more.
  3. Technology: touch new products. See them work. Be there for the roll-out of the latest engineering marvels. Explore the HP Discover Zone that includes special access to HP Labs to get a view of future technology and inventions.
  4. Breadth: choose among 100s of business and technical sessions that expose you to the widest possible range of ideas. Attend demos, breakouts, keynotes, and tours. Explore pavilions and sponsor spaces.
  5. Focus: find just what you need — in your specialty. Sessions are grouped into ten tracks dedicated to today’s relevant topics such as converged cloud, information optimisation, security and risk management.
  6. Specialists: take advantage of a rare opportunity to meet 1:1 with HP experts. HP technology and business gurus are available for meetings via the HP Meeting Centre and the Partner Meeting Centre.
  7. Contacts: exchange ideas, information, tips, tricks, and best practices with people who share your interests. Meet with those you rarely get to see face to face and create new relationships with colleagues and customers.
  8. Sponsors: meet directly with top-tier industry influencers and see what HP and our partners are inventing together. Tap into the collective energy of our sponsor companies and see their innovations first hand.
  9. Insight: get a sneak peek at what HP has in development by attending one of our confidential disclosure sessions. You can apply for this unique opportunity to see what’s in the works for the next generation of HP products.
  10. Fun: have some. Top-notch entertainment and social events make your Frankfurt experience complete. At the Tuesday welcome reception and the Wednesday night HP party, you can take a break while you get to know fellow attendees.

To learn more and register to HP discove go on the event’s page.

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Interesting European IT events:

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So also this event is gone.

This was my first year at this kind of event and I think that was really useful and interesting, especially for the good meetings that I’ve got during those two days. I will post more about them on the next weeks.

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As already written, during this edition of Powering the Cloud, I have a speech:

In this session we will discuss how is possible increase the availability of business critical applications running in a virtual environment. First we will introduce the different level of availability and different type of technical solutions. Then we will discuss the difference between VMware HA (with VM and application monitoring), VMware FT and guest clustering. We will give more technical detail on how build a guest cluster (for availability purpose), by analyzing different approaches and different implementations. Finally we will discuss about applications designed to be scalable and high availability (and cloud ready).

All the session’s slides will be soon available on the event web site.

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The show begins and for me is the first time and will be a big opportunity to meet several vendors (some of them new for me).

Here is a list of my appointments at this event:

  • VMware, with Rob Jenkins (Director Advisory Services, EMEA)
  • Violin Memory, with Garry Veale (Managing Director, EMEA)
  • Datacore, with Alexander Best (Director Technical Business Development)
  • Quantum, with Stéphane Estevez (Sr. Product Marketing Manager EMEA/APAC)
  • Spectra Logic, with Molly Rector (EVP Product Management and Marketing Worldwide)
  • Virtual Instruments, with Skip Bacon (CTO and Chris James, EMEA Marketing Director)
  • Dot Hill, with Warren Reid (EMEA Marketing Director)
  • APTARE, with Nigel Houghton (regional director of sales EMEA)
  • Avere Systems, with Rebecca Thompson (VP Marketing)
  • Amplidata, with Tom Leyden (director of strategic alliances and marketing)

For more information about the event see my previous post. To follow the event on Twitter use the hashtag: #SNWEurope

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After years of development, Microsoft launched the latest version of Windows (with the NT version 6.2), with a official announce of its CEO Steve Ballmer during product’s launch event in New York on October 25, 2012.

It is most probably the most radical version of the Windows OS (at least in the aspect, in the design was NT 6.0) and the client OS is mainly designed for new mobile devices like tablets, but can also be used on desktop PC (but need more training on it).

Windows 8 is the new client OS and the launch event was focus on it and its different version, and of course on the Surface product (the Microsoft tablet). For more information see:

But there are also some negative opinions and and/or critiques on this OS:

And also there is the new Windows Server 2012 and the new Hyper-V3.

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VMware has recently released several patches for its vCloud Suite:

Note also that View 5.1.x is now finally supported on vSphere 5.1; you have to install the patch for vSphere 5.1 as described in the KB 2035268. For more information about the patch, see VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201210001 (2034548).

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Veeam has recently released the new version of his backup product, announced during the VMworld EU and with several new features. Also it include new compatibility matrix:

To download the product, or the trial go to the download page.

There is also a video with Doug Hazelman that explain the main new features:

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Network tuning and offload

Specific technologies

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With the new Windows Server 2012 there are several improvements in the storage part, expecially when we apply to a Hyper-V enviroment.

The main news on the storage part, is that now is possible build a Windows Fail-Over Cluster with a shared SMB3 share and use it for store VMs (in a similar way as NFS could be use to NAS connectivity on a VMware vSphere cluster). Also a specific function (Virtual Fibre Channel) as been added to map a FC SAN LUN directly to a VM (similar to the same function in VMware vSphere).

The different scenarios are now changed from the Pre-2012 (on the left) and the new 2012 version (on the right):

The new CSV2 could also be used with SMB3 to build a Scale Out FileServer (SOFS) and implement an active-active clustered fileserver that could also scale-in by adding more disks and/or bays. But note that the shared enabled for applications (like Hyper-V or SQL Server 2012) have some limits (for example DFS could not be used with FRS to replicate the share content on two or more modes).

For more information about SMB history:

The best resource site for SMB is John Barreto’s Blog:

 

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