6/13/2012 update: For a great overview of Microsoft TechEd 2012 and a video clip from Microsoft's opening keynote, be sure to check out EMC's Inside the Microsoft Partnership!!
Here I am at Microsoft TechEd 2012 and while it is only the first day, what an amazing day it has been so far!! WOW!!
The keynote started with Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business where he discussed the needs for the modern datacenter including scalable, elastic, always on and up, shared resources, automated and self service. These are all foundations of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 which is due out later this year!! As part of the Windows Server 2012 launch, Microsoft will be now be supporting 64 nodes and 4000 VMs per cluster, 32 logical processors per VM, 64 virtual processors and 1TB of memory per VM!! WOW again.
Microsoft then demostrated Windows Server 2012 showing their new ODX (offloaded data transfer) feature where you can use the capabilities of a native SAN array to help with data transfer speeds. With ODX, Microsoft demotrated how they could copy a 10Gb file in just 10 seconds using ODX with EMC storage! As Microsoft said in the keynote "This is awesome ODX enabled storage from our partners at EMC, if you own a SAN then ODX is a no brainer".
EMC then opened our booth to big crowds...
People lined up for free shirts, a chance to win $500 daily or a $1000 on Wednesday if you are at the booth wearing your EMC shirt when your name is called! People were also talking to the EMC specialists and checking out all of the demos we have on site. We even have an EMC Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track on site (more coming on this with pictures)!
Overall a great start to the show for what will be an exciting week!! Congratulations to Avamar for being named a "Best of TechEd" finalist in the Backup and Recovery category, winners will be announced later this week so stay tuned!
For more information about EMC's support for Microsoft TechEd and Microsoft Windows Server 2012, be sure to check out our press release issued today: http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2012/20120611-01.htm