Post by Richard Maher
So what happened at the HPTF?
VMS got a positive mention by Ann Livermore in her keynote speech. And
she gets extra points from me for saying VMS instead of OpenVMS.
Following is an excerpt from the keynote speech with the VMS quote in
context. You can also watch the video recording yourself if you wish.
11:51 into the video at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1663937
[Slide says: The Big Trends: Data Center Transformation, Information
Explosion, Everything as a Service]
What I'd like to do now is take each one of these and talk about them
just a little bit more, and explain to you -- share with you -- what
we're doing at HP to help address these things.
First of all: Datacenter Transformation.
The current state of most datacenters are that they are old, and they're
inflexible. If you look, by 2015, another problem is that the workforce
who today understands the technology, is going to shrink by 45% -- just
knowledge about what most current datacenters have -- the expertise
around it, is declining. Very serious issue: that by 2011, the
prediction is that power failures are going to happen in 90% of all the
datacenters that aren't transformed, and those power failures are going
to cause serious outages.
Already, space is a big issue; energy is a big issue, and everything
we've done in HP around our computing business, our storage, our
servers, our networking, our services, our software, has been focused
around positioning HP to be THE company who's best positioned to help
you transform your datacenter -- both manage better what you currently
have, and then have a path to help you migrate to something that's a
whole lot better: a 24x7, lights-out, fully-automated datacenter.
Let's start with the servers and storage.
Certainly, our products are designed to be virtual. But at the same
time, we know that for most of you, you're going to have a combination
of both physical and virtual servers and infrastructure in your
datacenter environment. So we've made our software tools and our
software focus be able to manage both the virtual as well as the
physical environments. And the same thing with our servers, with our
storage products: designed for virtual, but also recognizing the
combination of things you currently have in your environment.
Our leadership position in Blades and in x86 are unquestioned. We ship a
server every 11 seconds. There's nobody else on the planet who has more
or better servers than HP -- we'll stand them up against any road test
you want to do, any competition that you want to do. And we're going to
commit to continue to invest, from an R&D perspective, so you can always
count on the fact that our products are going to be the leading ones.
We're very serious and committed about our HP-UX business, our Integrity
servers, our NonStop servers. Some of you are still using our VMS
servers, and we're serious about the support we provide around those
products for you. So, serious leadership in that space.
The same thing with our storage products. We continue to invest in, and
make stronger and stronger, our storage products.
Our new LeftHand offering is one of the best products you can have in
terms of simplifying the whole SAN process. And then, finally, our
mid-range arrays with the EVA, and our high-end, with the XP -- we're
very serious about our entire storage portfolio. You're going to see us
invest more and more in it.
And you're going to see a time where the servers, the storage, and the
networking intertwine into a computing fabric. Now, some other companies
in the tech industry are talking a lot about this, but we're the only
one who actually has all the products, has all the components. When you
look at networking, you look at storage, you look at servers, you look
at the management software to be able to take care of and manage that
whole fabric, that whole computing fabric.
So you can count on HP being the company who doesn't just paint a
picture of a dream, but actually has things that make it real for you today.