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Big trends discussion with Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina


CJZ Headshot fixed 150 x 150.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vExpert 4 years.jpg


An annual event for me is the Nth Symposium - it's an event I really like to attend because my friends at Nth Generation in Southern California have a rich event with a lot of content - something as blogger I'm always looking for.  One thing that Nth has focused on over the years is education and it's reflected in Nth Symposium.

I first met Nth Generation CTO Dan Molina at HP Tech Forum (predecessor to HP Discover) in 2010.  Dan is a technologist at heart and whenever I talk to him, I learn something.  He was at HP Discover and one of the last things I did before leaving Las Vegas was this podcast with him. 

Here's a high-level summary of what we discussed:

  1. Big Data - is it real or still a buzzword?
  2. New IT reality
  3. The importance of security
  4. Cloud - clearly no longer a buzzword
  5. Nth Symposium in Anaheim

Click here to listen to the podcast with Dan.  

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A bit more on this year's Symposium

The Nth team has lined up some great speakers for the event - you can see the Nth Symposium agenda here but let me highlight a few of the keynotes speakers:

  • HP CTO/EVP of HP Labs, Martin Fink as well as HP’s Global CIO Ramón Baez will do back-to-back keynotes.  Martin will focus on HP’s latest innovations and Ramón on how HP has already been using some of these great HP Labs innovations at HP’s datacenters.  
  • James Staten, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research will be there and talk about the state of the Cloud.
  • Last year, Martin Casado had a great keynote - he is the CTO of Networking at VMware and was a co-founder of Nicira Networks - and I'm excited to see he's back on the agenda again this year.
  • Portman Willis is the Chief Data Officer for the Game Show Network.  Who doesn't love Family Feud and Minute to Win It!  I'm looking forward to his keynote.

I'll be at Nth Symposium again this year.  This time, I'm bringing Jeffrey Powers (@Geekazine) with me and our plan is to do video interviews with presenters and other subject matter experts at Nth Symposium.  Watch the label Nth2014 on the blog for posts here on ATSB.  While I probably won't have time to go to Disneyland, I am going to the Disneyland Hotel!

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I have worked at HP and now HPE since 1983, 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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