Archive for July, 2011

HP Discover Las Vegas 2011


Even if it’s already passed, as announced, I want to share what I saw during this event.

I arrived in Las Vegas on the 8th of June, just in time for registration, and then had to sleep to recover from the jet lag.

On the 9th of June, before starting the day, I had a strong thought for my daughter who was celebrating without me her 17th anniversary today. Happy birthday Ségolène !!

The event is just enormous this year. 10000 customers are around ! The exhibition hall is twice or three times the size of the already large HP Tech Forum one I visited the last 2 previous years. There are partners all over the place exhibiting + huge HP booths on all what we can deliver, and believe me, we can do a lot !! I now understand why they changed the location for this year, as they were probably in need for a larger convention center than the Mandalay Bay one (which was the largest I knew before ;-)) All of that is just impressive.

I was in the first set of sessions today at 8:00AM to speak about RISC/Unix to ProLiant/Xeon/RHEL migration. Hope the about 35 people in the room got the message correctly, even if the jet-lag was not completely absorbed.

Then I joined a session on HP Vertica Analytics system, solution for big data. (Colin Mahony, VP Product Management, Business Dev & Marketing). The product was just announced on Monday. Colin explained the following:

  • 40% of growth in data per year (0.8 ZB in 2009, 35 in 2020). Exponential data growth with regards to budget growth.
  • Goal is to create a disruptive techno to support analytics of these large data set.
  • Disconnect between customers asking for Industry Standard Technologies, cost effective, real time, distributed, … and buying Oracle Teradata.
  • Area of intrest in Web 2.0 gaming, Telco, Oil and Gaz, FSI, … 350+ customers.
  • Vertica is ACID compliant, SQL compliant. Not recommended on continental sites. No BLOB support (put them in Hadoop).
  • Vertica provides 4C == Columnar storage (reduce # of queries and I/Os), Compression (ratio from 5 to 60 wrt raw), Continuous performance (wrt competition: 50x to 1000x query perf, 2x load, 0.5x density), Clustering (shared nothing P2P system + Internal Raid)
  • They also propose a Deatabase Designer + Workload Analyser
  • Customer example: Zynga 2PB graphical representations of social connections.
  • Compared to Haddop/Mapreduce Vertica is real time vs batch oriented

They have a UDx C++ framework in 5.0, going beyond SQL and an Hadoop connector.
The software is 37 MB. It supports RHEL, SELS, Fedora (ext3). And it works with BO, SAP.
They don’t have their own analytics apps. They rather partner with SAS, ETL.
Oracle migration is straight forward at schema level.
No support for stored procedures.
Vertica provides tools to help for migration.

The technology looks impressive and I’ll have to see how we can cooperate with them to host a demo in our Solution Center.

The rest of the day was dedicated to a Red Hat meeting, in particular with Karthik Prabahkar who took time to explain to me the whole Cloud approach at Red Hat, being their Technologist on the subject. I have now a much better view on Cloud Forms, DeltaCloud API and OpenShift, how they articutate, what is coming and how all that can fit with the HP portfolio 😉 A lot of fun coming !

The night was the opportunity to see Paul Mc Cartney himself in concert. It’s really impressive to hear Beatles songs sung by one of them, on stage, with always a great energy and excellent musicians around. Even if that’s not my prefered type of music, I enjoyed it a lot, much more than I had expected. He is a great musician and worth hearing in concert.

The 10th of June was a short day, as session were only delivered in the morning. After a short private meeting with Kristin Lampka of Intel to sync up on our activities, I covered our HP|Intel|Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative first, which gathered some 20 people (not too bad for an early session when everybody is leaving it seems). Had 2 contacts afterwards that may lead to some activities later on. I then followed-up immediately with a session on MondoRescue to which about 12 people attended, including a satisfied user 😉 It’s so nice from time to time to get good feedback as a change to all the problems reported on the mailing-list !!

It was then time to lunch and I had the great pleasure to pass this moment with Marc Nozell, working in the US in our Partners group (PTAC) and who has always interesting views on the IT industry and Open Source in particular. We had a very good discussion in particular on the future of IT usage, especially by tennagers, private data manipulation, Facebook and all what you can imagine around such as combining that with face recognition and all the trouble it could generate. Was generating good thoughts as well as being entertaining.

I passed the rest of the day sorting the tons of mail accumulated through out the week and left the US on Saturday. Should be back in August for a longer period this time, but in Houston.

OSSI: Best Stronger Together EMEA Red Hat Partner 2011



HP Intel and Red Hat OSSI

Stronger Together Award



HP and Intel have been honored with the Stronger Together Award at the Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit which took place in Dublin 5-8 of June.
During the event, HP has delivered keynote and breakout sessions and experts from the Solution Center managed the joint HP and Intel booth. Participants were able to see the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 and to witness demonstrations of advanced virtualization with RHEL 6.1 KVM and SRIOV on top of HP ProLiant Xeon systems as part of the joint HP Intel and Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative (OSSI).


“The 12 year partnership between HP and Red Hat is based on collaborative engineering and joint marketing activities that have led to a wide range of partner engagements and customer successes across all industries. HP and Intel were delighted to be joint gold sponsors at the Red Hat Partner Summit in Dublin week held in Dublin, and to win Red Hat’s  "Stronger Together" award. This was a great acknowledgement of our tireless work, particularly within the EMEA HP, Intel, and Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative based in Grenoble France, to ease our customer’s transition to open source and to equip them in their journey to the cloud…”

– Rhys Austin, Senior Business Development Manager,

HP Industry Standard Server EMEA


“From the outset of its partnership with Red Hat, HP has shown a strong commitment to Red Hat’s business.and were very keen to educate their staff on Red Hat offerings and expand their footprint within Red Hat’s partner ecosystem. In 2009 Red Hat became involved in the HP Intel Solution Center located in Grenoble, an innovative center offering a unique collaborative working environment where HP, Intel and partners can work together.  Our HP, Intel and Red Hat Open Source Solutions Initiative (OSSI) brings together an ecosystem of partners and customers from these companies and can leverage a strong vertical focus where necessary.  It is important to Red Hat that the technical expertise at the Solution Center in Grenoble includes open source, plus extended knowledge around HW, Storage, HA, solutions and consulting offerings. and we are looking forward to further developing our joint initiative with HP and Intel.”

– Petra Heinrich, VP
Partners & Alliances,

Red Hat EMEA


To learn more about the OSSI and RISC to Linux on ProLiant migrations, you may contact Arnaud Meurant ( or Bruno Cornec ( and visit our web site at


To learn more on the event, visit





Proposition of Cross-Distro Mini-Conf for 2012


Time has come again to think to our friends down under ! Since I was there in 2007 for a MondoRescue conference I think this is really a place to be in the FLOSS ecosystem when possible; Too bad it’s so far away from France 😦 Travel costs are not light either.

But I thought I should propose the follwoing mini-conf, as the one I attended in Fosdem 2010 on the same topic worked very interesting, and allowed to start some joint collaboration that I think is fruitful and avoid/reduce fragmentation.

I hope it will be accepted to give me an opportunity to fly there and meet with the great community which gathers there each year.

So here it is (Thanks to the great example provided by Martin Michlmayr last year)

The “Cross-Distribution” mini-conf at LCA 2012 (Ballarat, Australia; January 16-20 2012) is for people interested in cooperation between Open Source distributions. Topics include contributors agreements, licensing policies, packaging best practices and tools, sharing patches to upstream projects, communications, working with upstream Open Source developers, translations, governance, workflow in place, version control systems, bug reporting management and sharing,, funding, marketing, lessons from your experience, and whatever related topics people would like to bring up. Whether you are a single contributor working on a single package, or leading a full distribution, managing a full distribution infrastructure, or representing it in the press, whether it’s famous as Debian or less as AbulEdu this mini-conf hopes to bring different people together to exchange thoughts and facilitate discussion about these topics.

Presentation submitters should feel free to suggest their own topics. Here is a list of potentially interesting subjects (in no particular order):

* Building software packages on a large scale
* Choosing valid licenses and copyright policies
* Patch management
* Working with upstream
* Forking a distribution
* Experiences in distributed development
* Managing bug report and enhancement request
* Tools to support making a distribution
* Translation of a distribution
* Reuse between distributions
* Collaborationbetween distributions
* Distribution structures
* Distribution Development Management and Governance
* Distribution Corporate Governance
* Lessons learned in building up your distribution
* Marketing
* Communication
* Copyrights
* Applying your copyright and license choices

We hope to receive proposals for:

* 50 minute expert panel discussions
* 50 minute full presentations
* 25 minute half presentations
* 5-10 minute lightning talks (e.g. success stories, …)

To submit a proposal, please contact Bruno Cornec at and include the following information:

* Your name
* Brief bio noting any previous speaking experience
* Talk title
* Brief outline of your proposed talk
* Notes of any special equipment / facilities you may require