Time again to attend the Keynote !
Werner Knoblich eVP Red Hat EMEA, covered as usual the latest results from Red Hat in EMEA:
- YoY 34% increase
- 3% increase on the indirect to reach 63%
- 155 more new net people in EMEA reaching 1000 (only 100, 8 years ago !)
Werner mentioned the future role of virtualization, insisting on the importance of the openvirtualization alliance to avoid a future MicroSoft to be created, and the commitment of IBM, HP and Intel in it.
Rhys Austin,Senior Business Development Manager for HP Industry Standard Server (ISS) EMEA, was presenting the instant-on enterprise with HP CloudSystem as next keynote. He started insisting on the importance of the channel for HP, as it is for Red Hat.He mentioned that the Business department is today outpacing the IT department. So Cloud is thought to be helpful in that approach, including buying external resources to the company. Concerns around cloud are in order: Lock in, Performanace, Availability and Security; and external vs internal integration.
Rhys then described the multiple aspects a cloud architecture should cover, depending also on the user’s point
of view, and presented how HP ClouSystem could give answers to all these feature requests and concerns.
Rhys also presented HP Cloud Maps, aligned with Red Hat Cloud strategy to accelerate application deployment and create cloud services (RAC and JBoss already provided). And Rhys detailed how Red Hat products fit into HP CloudSystem.
He finally exposed that partners need to question their customers’ cloud strategy to not risk loosing business
and be positioned in that new play either as provider, aggregator or broker. HP cannot do that without partners.
Joel Berman, VP Global Field Marketing at Red Hat, was kind enough to mention how our Solution Center in Grenoble and the joint Open Source Solutions
Initiative that I initiated there between HP, Intel and Red Hat could help customers and partners make more business w
ith us ! But that was not the nicest mention for us that day
Craig Muzilla, VP of the Middleware Business Unit at Red Hat, then went on stage to describe where Red Hat is on the JBoss side, in a session called “JBoss Everywhere – Better for the Enterprise. Ready for the Cloud”. He insisted on how JBoss is now used strategically by large companies such as SFR, NYSE, Allianz, …
Red Hat announced JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 (supporting JEE 6, and CDI contributed to JCP)
Red Hat announced also JBoss Enterprise Data Grid 6 (foundation for Cloud computing)
Craig went on describing the future of JBoss around mobility, cloud and SOA. He also covered MRG and BRMS.
We then had a very fruitfull meeting with Jim Totton and Joel Berman, which continued on our booth as well with Lars Hermann. After a bit of booth duty, it was time again to deliver our second session around best practices for RISC/Unix to RHEL on HP Xeon based ProLiant migration. You can get ideas of the topics we covered by reading the excellent blog article of Arnaud who is leading that activity at WW level for HP.
We had less people than the day before, but hopefully this will lead to some concrete further on contacts around concrete migration opportunities !
Again a dense day, but it was not the end, as we still had to attend the dinner at the Guiness StoreHouse, where Red Hat announces their prices for the best partners of the year, and organize a fun evening with the 700+ partners representatives that are attending.
And I must confess that this part of the day was the most interesting for us !! More on that in the next article.