I have spent the week in Vienna for the event “HP Discover” that took place at the Vienna Fair.
This event was the counterpart of the American HP Discover that took place back in June in Las Vegas.The setting was huge and the executives have delivered sessions about HP’s strategy. Meg Whitman, for instance, described her vision of HP centered around the hardware infrastructure as a core, the infrastructure software as an extension and the services as a wrap-up layer. This strategy sounds very much like where Mark Hurd was heading in the past. She did not use a flip chart as Hurd used to do all the time, but all in all, she delivered a solid keynote.
Things were a little different compared with the American event. First, there were less sessions. The exhibition was smaller, and we have had a private concert of Anastacia (the people in Las Vegas have enjoyed Paul MacCartney…). Also things have changed since June from the HP-UX / Business Critical Servers perspective, because of the Odyssey announcement. Many customers asked what were HP’s plans for the future, and the HP announcement sets the vision on which HP will deliver in the future, giving a clear strategic roadmap. As I presented CloudSystem Matrix, I introduced the advantage of deploying cloud services with mixes of both x86_64 and Itanium-based solutions to customers from all the EMEA region.
However, many actual new announcements came from the HP storage division, such as its new dedupe system. 3PAR and the latest SPC benchmark for 3PAR arrays were also hot topics. The storage part of the exhibition was full all the time.
Also, many customers were extremely interested in the HP Software products (especially given the latest acquisitions of Autonomy and Vertica). CloudSystem combining HP Operations Orchestration and Server Automation It was then quite easy for me to demo their capabilities and then guide customers to the corresponding HP Software booths.
I think it was a very good event, with many customers and in a wonderful city (Vienna is an amazing place). Also the important part for me was to network and meet people from the whole IT industry to share ideas and insights. And that is invaluable.