Wow, what a week! Amazing how fast the time went by this week at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 but that's what happens when you are busy and having fun!
We at EMC had a great show and hopefully those attending had a good time as well! A few things I learned this week is that a lot of customers are using System Center 2012 even if they are just kicking the tires and the response has been that the product looks great! We had many people come by the booth to learn about EMC's support for Microsoft System Center including the management packs for EMC VNX and VMAX storage arrays. While people were interested in EMC's support for System Center Orchestrator including an Integration Pack for EMC storage commands, most people admitted that they weren't using Orchestrator just yet but they have plans in the next 6 to 12 months. Interested to learn more? Be sure to read my previous blog post on our support for SCOM!
Many customers were also excited to learn that EMC and Cisco have partnered up again to announce support for the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solution version 3 based on System Center 2012, Windows 2012 and Hyper-V. These Private Cloud Fast Track solutions help customers easily and quickly deploy a Private Cloud infrastructure pre-built and pre-validated helping to remove the complexity for customers interested in accelerating their journey to a Microsoft Private Cloud.
Other topics we were asked about included high availability of Hyper-V virtual machines supporting CSVs (cluster shared volumes) across local and remote sites, backup and recovery of virtualized workloads, best practices for deploying EMC storage with Hyper-V and key application such as Exchange and SQL Server and EMC support for Microsoft Windows 2012 features including SMB 3.0 and ODX (Offloaded Data Transfers). Not only does EMC support all of these scenarios and technologies but we have solutions showing customers how best to deploy these scenarios in their Datacenter on the Everything Microsoft at EMC Community!
While Microsoft had many sessions at MMS devoted to Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, I found most customers were interested in creating their own private cloud network using technologies like Windows and System Center in house. One thing that is for certain, Microsoft virtualization adoption continues to grow at a fast pace and continues to be "Enterprise Ready" as Microsoft has been suggesting since the release of Windows 2012.
Overall, it was a fun and exciting week! Thanks to all of our great customers who came by to meet up again or introduce themselves for the first time! As one show comes to a close we set our sights on the next few with EMC World starting in a few shorts weeks (more to come on this as EMC will have plenty of demos and sessions on Microsoft) and then Microsoft TechEd in early June. But for now I'll kick back and reminisce on the fun times while listening to the ringing of slot machines in my head.