Last week, after the Exec Event in Palo Alto, I joined my friend W. Curtis Preston for his first Backup Central Live! event. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, this was the first week of a new series of self-produced events. And let me tell you, although I’ve seen him present dozens of times, Curtis was really in his element here. He held the packed room enthralled, and the vendor sponsors I talked to were very pleased about the event!
After years spent focusing on personal technology, businesses are increasingly turning back to the enterprise. The corporate IT market is much more dynamic and competitive, with a few very large “superpower” companies discovering their power to drive purchasing decisions. If a supplier can create an integrated “stack” of hardware and software, they can push product purchases that might otherwise be overlooked or postponed. This is the main reason that enterprise IT acquisitions work so well: Where a small company must fight to sell their product, a large one can hitch it to a much more strategic sale and have it pulled along.
The storage industry got a lot more competitive this morning, as Dell announced plans to buy 3Par. This is the latest round in a well-established race for the enterprise storage dollar, challenging superpower (and Dell partner) EMC in the high-end SAN space. What does this acquisition say about the industry as a whole? Where are we headed?
Following my return from my first Tech Field Day I have been reading through my notes and reflecting on the vendors I saw when I was in Seattle. Of the vendors I saw the one that surprised me most was NEC, everyone has heard of them but not everyone actually knows what they do or what products they make. As we found out during our visit, NEC have a broad technology portfolio and have quite an interesting offering in the storage space.
Presentation #3 was by F5 networks at the F5 Technology Center. Compellent presented to the Tech Field Day delegation about their automated storage solution which they call â€œFluid Dataâ€. View Compellentâ€™s introductory video. The final Tech Field Day presentation was from NEC, on their HYDRAstor storage array.
Itâ€™s now been a couple of days since the second day of the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day, Iâ€™m actually taking the opportunity to write this on the plane on the way back from Seattle. So once again I thought I would do a summary post until I get the chance to write up a detailed post on each vendor.
Although Tech Field Day Seattle hasn’t officially been announced yet, we have started naming names. Six delegates have been confirmed and announced so far, all of them new to the event.