What Happened in Vegas @HPDiscover June 11-13

My second annual HP Discover conference in Las Vegas is now in the books.  Last year, I was the fresh face who just joined the HP account team.  This year, I felt like a seasoned veteran, especially after attending Discover EMEA in December, GPC in February and the Storage team’s Marketing All Hands in March. 

HP is definitely on the right track.  Meg Whitman’s kick-off keynote reassured investors, customers, employees and partners that HP is in this for the long haul. Per Meg, they have their financials in order and have brought innovative products, such as the Elitepad tablet for business, Moonshot and Flash storage to market in the past 12 months.  Meg emphasized the opportunity for all stakeholders to embrace a “New Style of IT” that focuses on lower costs, increased simplicity and faster speeds; size and scale are no longer barriers to market entry but the enterprises who provide right combination of hardware, software and services addressing customers’ Cloud, Mobility, Security and Big Data needs will come out ahead.


Additional keynotes, theater and breakout sessions and blogs had a similar tone.  I was fortunate to attend many of the sessions and also host a few sessions as part my company, Intel’s, sponsorship package.  Interestingly, on Tuesday morning, the first day of the conference, I saw the first HP Moonshot commercial in my room while watching CNBC. These Moonshot servers are space, power and people efficient and they help enterprises manage the “Internet of Things”.  Mark Potter spoke of this amazing product line in an Innovation Theater Sessions on Tuesday night  http://bit.ly/11Ghe33.   He addressed all the ingredient players in the space, including Intel whose networking solution and Avoton processors provides
massive computing power.  My colleague, @RaejeanneS also blogged about Moonshot and her experience at HP Discover 2013 here here: http://intel.ly/16LJwhz

It wasn’t all Project Moonshot and Hyperscale servers- enterprise servers still have a purpose as evidenced by the messaging around Project Kraken, a 16S converged system with 12 TB of memory, powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor that will dramatically change OLTP operations by provided real-time access to data. 

Storage continues to be the darling of the datacenter and did not disappoint at Discover US 2013.  HP Storage’s VP David Scott did a celebratory ribbon cutting in the Storage pod to announce the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450, the first flash optimized converged storage product and the Virtual Storage Array, a parlay into the emerging field of software defined storage.  The 7450 is also powered by the Xeon processor.  You can hear Intel’s own Christie Rice talk about the power of Xeon for storage in this video:  http://bit.ly/12HzezS

While the announcement of HAVEn dominated the big data news, not to be overlooked is Intel IT’s own implementation of big data solutions to recoup $20M in savings from smarter use of the overwhelming amount of data that runs through our network.  Intel IT was able to better market to resellers, streamline chip validation and proactively detect and address security threats with the right combination of hardware and analytics software running on Intel’s Distribution of Apache Hadoop.  More details here:  http://t.co/q35MjGAOjb


Last but certainly not least, Intel spoke about its consistently amazing Solid State Drive S3700 designed specifically for the datacenter.  This product allows users to access data at superfast speeds at a very compelling and competitive price point.  Coincidentally, Intel launched the S3500 last
week, the sister product to the S3700. 

There was so much more going on, including the Data Center Challenge and the giant Ultrabook in the Intel booth, both not to be missed – you can get a virtual tour by visiting http://bit.ly/16FiQz7

Want to find out more?  I can tell you how to “attend” HP Discover Las Vegas 2013 and share more announcements.  Hit me up on Twitter @ITSandhya or email me at Sandhya.d.gorman@intel.com