We had another fantastic record turnout for the Auckland VMUG last week. With ~60 people turning up to hear Craig Waters present on the Pure Storage integration points with the VMware vRealize suite.
Craig did 4 demos on the day including integration with vRealize Log Insight, Automation , Orchestration and one other that escapes me. Check out the blog by Cody Hosterman as well with some great insights into this.
Some of our friends from IBM and Nutanix decided to drop in and learn a few things, but overall the attendance was mostly VMware admins looking to learn something.
We were fortunate that a bunch of the Nutanix crew are VCDX so we had an impromptu VCDX panel that also included Nick Bowie from ViFX for the punters in the crowd with the hard questions. I think most people were a bit scared to put their hands up to be honest.
Lastly Alan Baird from VMWare got up and presented on Tractors, or Containers, not sure which – but most likely containers 🙂
All told it was a great turnout, and a great evening.
Up and down the web we are seeing posts like this one at The Register talking about EMC and HP possibly merging to create some kind of super behemoth mega IT company – really!
67 year old Joe Tucci is set to retire, after 13 years as head of mega storage company EMC and all of a sudden they are talking to HP, that doesn’t make any sense to me. Some punters are saying talks have been going on for 12 months, so before Tucci was going to retire last time. Is that why he held out?
HP are a full stack provider. The have compute, network and storage already. HP has invested millions in acquiring new technologies like LeftHand and 3Par to replace their dying EVA brand so why would they look at EMC? Thats right they don’t have a hypervisor.
Quite simply they want VMWare.
Lets face it HP don’t need another storage company. EMC could do with a compute and network company though – CISCO would make more sense or even building out with Lenovo and maybe Brocade – they are two partial stack vendors in need of completing the family.
Other talks are that Dell wants some of the company, they used to OEM EMC which they did well in before making the poor decision to invest in EqualLogic the fledgling iSCSI only array.
So how long do we have to wait before the magpies pick EMC apart after Tucci retires, or will he simply not retire again as was the case last time he we set to retire.