Last week was Microsoft TechEd 2013 and what a show it was! Microsoft announced SQL Server 2014 including in-memory OLTP (or project "Hekaton") in addition to features such as big data analytics. Microsoft also announced changes to their Windows Azure pricing and R2 releases for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012.
What generated the most buzz at TechEd? Significantly reduced pricing for Microsoft Surface tablets (Pro and RT) resulted in very long lines so attendees could get their hands on these hot items and according to a few people I talked to…then turn around and put them on eBay for a profit (no one ever accused an IT professional of not being smart).
We at EMC had a great week! I was able to meet with many customers and partners! EMC hosted a small intimate dinner with some of our customers on site and I had a great time talking to everyone there! I also had the chance to hang out with some of The Krewe, a great group of guys who get together every year at Microsoft TechEd to hang out, trade stories and build relationships!
The EMC breakout session was PACKED with standing room only! I'm not surprised considering our speaker Txomin Barturen, he is both technical and an excellent speaker. His session (MDC-B391, Practical Implementation of Windows Server 2012 Storage Technologies) covered many of the new features found in Windows Server 2012 and how EMC supports and extends these features. For instance, with ODX or Microsoft's Offloaded Data Transfer EMC has been able to reach transfer speeds of 25 Gigabytes per second! Wow!
Finally, EMC gave away fedora hats with blinking lights that were a hit! We had a huge line at the booth all week and I saw people wearing these hats on Bourbon Street all week and even people wearing them on my airplane ride home! In other words, EMC was everywhere!
And for those of you in Europe who will be attending TechEd Europe in Madrid June 25th-28th, EMC will be there too so be sure to come by and see all of our latest demos or meet our on-site experts!