HP have invited me to Sacramento (in a travel marathon taking about 20 hours each way) to attend the (first?) HP Networking Tech Day on 23/24 August, 2010. I don’t have the agenda yet, but I’m expecting to get briefings around the full spectrum of the H3C networking portfolio including security, core switching, wireless etc etc.
Digging for Gold
I’m looking forward to hearing about the HP Networking product strategy in more detail, and understanding what differentiation, features or capability they have and what their strategy is going to look like. I’ll also be looking for reasons to trust 3Com management after they shafted me in 2000 by discontinuing key products and causing my customers a lot of problems. Still, maybe it’s time to move on and see whether HP can bring a new commitment to their network products. Now that Mark “Short Term Profits Mean Bonuses for Me” Hurd has gone, it will be interesting to see if H3C has any products left in R&D and coming down the pipeline and what their forward looking commitment to product development will be.
I’m expecting to record a couple o’ Runt Packets if I can find topics that are interesting and while I’ve got access to the real peoples. Past events of this type mean that we get access to some of the vendors best technical and marketing people, so there should be some good opportunities for getting some interesting conversations on the Flex-10 strategy and trying to find a silver lining in that particular cloud.
I’m looking forward to meeting Jeremy Gaddis from†http://evilrouters.net/ who is well known for his, um, openness on the his experience with HP products.
Face to Face
If you live in Sacramento then I’m planning a meetup on Sunday 22nd and you are welcome to join in. If you are in San Francisco, then I’m passing through on Saturday 21st and can layover and meetup if there are enough interested people. If I get enough feedback, by the weekend I’ll change my plans. Contact Me: |†Greg @etherealmind or contact page.
I expect to punch out a few tweets during the event and am looking into some live bogging software. If you want to follow the Twitter HashTag #HPNetworkDay I’m sure you’ll get a whole load of goodness, and you can also ask questions that I will submit to the HP folks.
HP Networking Tech Day is sponsoring the flights, travel and accommodation for this event. I am not required to write or podcast about the event and am free to share my own thoughts and perceptions. As if I’d do anything different. I am not paid for my time and do not receive any recompense, except maybe a free t-shirt …. wowee.
However, I am expecting to write something and podcast about what I’ve learned there because that’s what it’s all about, right ? Sharing with the community.