The ATUG Meeting turned out to be a busy, content-heavy day at the HPE office in Alpharetta, Georgia. The day started out with mingling, and quickly switched to in-depth sessions.
Jeff Kyle, VP & GM, HPC/AI – Data Solutions at HPE, spoke about the HPE NonStop team’s march towards virtualization. Jeff mentioned that when his colleague, Theresa Sorg, HPE NonStop Development Manager, would hear him say “virtual NonStop” Theresa would say, “It’s just NonStop, Jeff.” After all, the hardware and servers have to live somewhere, and the virtualized NonStop builds off of the previous hardware generations. Jeff also mentioned that virtualized NS is running on a large PC company’s servers in multiple locations across the world. In addition, two virtualized NS Proof of Concepts are ongoing and actually house their servers in the Alpharetta datacenter.
Then, Mark Thompson, Virtualized NonStop Consultant at HPE, discussed different options for deploying virtualized NS including compute, storage, networking, and more. This talk illustrated the flexibility and numerous options that virtualized NS has available to meet each customer’s needs.
Later in the day, Ken Scudder, Vice President of Business Development at Gravic discussed HPE Shadowbase – Digital Resilience, Data Integration, and Data Validation for HPE NonStop Systems. We received several questions throughout the talk, and we thank the attendees for their attention.
Lunch included a delicious build-your-own taco bar with a plethora of options that even vegetarians could choose from. Then, the group toured HPE’s datacenter which included an impressive amount of servers with varying builds.
At one point during the day, Dale Van Stratten (XYPRO) and the rest of the group briefly joked with Sean Bicknell (4TechSoftware) regarding his British accent (Sean had traveled the furthest among the vendors that attended). The joke was about the various pronunciation of “tomato” vs. tomato” and “potato” vs. “potato.” As Sean asked, “What’s in a name?”
Thanks to Dale Van Stratten and others who helped put this event together.
Congratulations to Rixin Ge of Relay Health for winning our JBL Flip 4 Prize!