Pulse 2011 is wrapping up today, and it has been an awesome week for the Tivoli Storage Management team. Our 12 demonstration peds of combined Tivoli and STG storage products in the Solutions Expo have been swamped since the show opened on Sunday evening. An introductory session in the Expo on the new Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (TSM for VE) had 5 rows of people standing behind the available seating.
The Storage Track kickoff on Monday morning was also jammed, and Rachel Dines of Forrester gave a great speech on how minor changes in your storage environment can have massive, rippling impacts; and provide excellent tips on how to avoid problems through effective storage management practices.
We almost had a massive disaster in our breakout sessions, which were all led by customers and technology partners -- our assigned rooms were way too small for the huge numbers of people that wanted to hear what their peers had to share. Luckily we were able to find bigger space in time of the second session. Kudos to the staff of the MGM Grand for stepping up and rearranging the meeting rooms on no notice and getting it done during a short scheduled break.
All of the breakout sessions were well attended and well received. In successive sessions on Tuesday, three different approaches for protecting VMware systems were presented, with TSM for VE being the highlight. But the really cool moment was when TSM for VE was demonstrated live in front of more than 7000 people in the general session Tuesday morning.
This was my 4th Pulse event, and really the best part of it is meeting so many of the customers, partners and other IBMers that I work with by phone and e-mail all year. Talking face-to-face, sharing a meal or a drink (or two) does so much for strengthening business relationships.I wish we could have everyone attend just for that reason.
One thing that is true of all events in Las Vegas -- they are exhausting. But as I tell everyone, if you aren't tired, you aren't doing it right.
Thank you to everyone that attended and contributed to the success of Pulse 2011. I hope to see everyone at Pulse "V5" next year, the first week of March 2012.
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