Journey to NYC for the Intel Hybrid Cloud

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting NYC SBS users group, ( ).    First let me tell you about the journey, I jumped on a plane @ 6AM en route to Arizona, then JFK.  After arriving @ 5PM my biz partner (chris G) told me to take the airtrain, then LIRR, then taxi and arrive at the MS headquarters.  Well for being my first time thru all modes of transportation in one day it was flawless.  I did however google it prior to traveling and this site was very helpful   Each method was on time, smooth, and overall a great experience.  Now, let me also give props to Mr. Jason Davidson as he has reminded me countless times, NYC in the winter is COLD.   I dressed warm and it paid off, standing in line for a taxi for 25 mins in that weather was pretty cold.

So why did I go to NYC?  Well back in Washington, DC for the WPC conference I met two gentlemen that invited Chris & I to NYC.  I said that night that we would come to their meeting and you know what – we did!    I arrived just in time for the introduction and kick off of Karl Palachuk talk about our platform (Intel Hybrid Cloud).  He captivated me in his analogies, descriptions and how he made the technology easier to understand and more palatable for the audience.   He showed a live box in our MSP test environment and it worked like a champ (kudos Micah for making this a reality).  He also showed a real machine, which I realize is a pain to drag across the country but it was very helpful to explain the Lenovo TS200V platform and how it is physically configured.

We had a ton of great questions and I really liked giving Jason’s example of the 3 level’s of manageability and how IHC fits into the mix.  What are the 3 level’s?  1)  in band, 2) out of band 3) middle band.   In band is described as your normal tools you utilize to RDP into a box, out of band = Intel Active Management technology, middle band is our new interface which is really helpful, cool and just solid technology.  While I realize this is my opinion I have been working in this domain of remote management for the last 10 years, therefore seeing something that jazzes me up is a big deal. 

Back to the event, ton of great questions and we continued the dialogue in the restaurant across the street.   The dialogue was focused around how can we help MSP’s discuss the platform, how to make it so easy to deploy and how we can help to get folks started.  I was impressed by the level of dialogue, amount of information shared and the # of years these folks have been working in the MSP arena.  We ended the night and started our journey back.   

How was the journey back?  nothing like the journey there..  yah I’m laughing now, but not then.   We did subway to train, tried to get on NJ transit (NO GO!!).. took a taxi and finally about 1:30am we were to our hotel.  That’s great but when you have a 4:30AM wake up call it’s not so good.   took off from NYC to SFO, then SFO was fogged in..   got a rental car and drove back to my car in SMF, then home.  What a journey.. but it was SO worth it.. 

Thank you NYC..  yes I’ll be back.

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