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HPStorageGuy and the South African TV Personality

on ‎04-02-2014 01:49 PM

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I saw a New York Times article talking about a new trend - DIY African Safaris.  I contacted the reporter on Twitter and turns out we were both at Kruger National Park at the same time - doing DIY safaris.  So that brings me back to my last blog post on the topic of South Africa.  I had a couple of previous posts talking about my trip to South Africa.  One of them had some personal videos and pictures I took while visiting a Kruger National Park - a wild game park.  Check out those pictures and videos - I think they were unbelievable and I can't wait to go back to South Africa.  You can read the NYT article here.


Aside from getting back to (African) nature, the main reasons I went was to speak at a customer event that our local storage team did.  It was an great event.  The host of that event was Derek Watts - Derek was voted best male TV presenter in South Africa for several years in a row. Today, I have two podcasts from the event and a few pictures to share with you. 

Here are a few pictures from the event:



The first podcast is with three HP Storage guys from the local South Africa team.  I took 100 plus minutes of audio from the event and edited down to what I think is a "chuck-full-of-great-stuff" 25 minutes.  Derek talks to the guys about what's happening in technology and how HP is addressing what's happening now, and where are things going in the future.  You'll hear some common themes that I talk about here: Converged Infrastructure, Converged Storage, Polymorphic Simplicity, and more. Really good stuff especially if you're trying to understand what are we trying to address at HP Storage and how.  So give it a listen!


If you rather download this as a podcast, right click here and save the MP3 file. You can also subscribe to my podcast on iTunes - go to the iTunes store and search for "Around the Storage Block" or you can open this link and click on the "View in iTunes" button under my picture. 


The second podcast is the interview I did with Derek.  It's my 20 minutes of fame and had a great time talking about what I do at HP (and my ChalkTalks) and why I've stayed in HP Storage.



You can download it with a right click here and save the MP3 file.


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About the Author


I have worked at HP for 32 years, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage.

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