Now that I’ve recovered from HP Discover 2011, it’s time to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.
First, HP (along with their key sponsors Intel, SAP and Microsoft) did an excellent job of putting on a great show that pulled together all of HP in one conference, for the first time ever. It was a class act, and gave them the opportunity to show off new products from the high end 32-socket Itanium Integrity, to the entry level web OS tablet to be launched in July. HP set up a great Blogger Lounge on the main show floor, providing a great convenient central place for connecting (along with all the comforts of home). I had a chance to do a quick video interview with Thomas Jones @niketown588.
Kirk Skaugen delivered a great Intel keynote on Monday evening. He strongly confirmed the Intel commitment to Itanium, along with highlighting Intel’s Ultrabook effort to drive a next generation of lightweight, ultra-portable laptops with the attributes of a tablet and the performance of a PC.
As part of his keynote, Martin Fink further reinforced the Itanium commitment from HP when he demonstrated a running Poulson prototype system (on target for delivery in 2012), along with announcing the availability of Virtual Partitions on the entire Integrity portfolio. Of course, the big news in Martin’s keynote was the official HP letter to Oracle threatening legal action regarding Oracle’s decision to end Itanium support, followed by the more recent decision to file the lawsuit.
Finally, in order to avoid any post show letdown, HP waited until the Monday after Discover to announce the latest round of corporate reshuffling, which implemented many of the changes that were first rumored around the time of the annual HP shareholder meeting in March.
Last but not least, the break snacks at HP Discover were awesome, with more healthy choices than I’ve ever seen in Las Vegas or anywhere!