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OzTUG event Sydney on August 24, 2017;
Update to agenda and list of speakers
It was just a short time ago that OzTUG held a major event in Sydney, Australia. As noted in prior promotions for the event, OzTUG was timed to be part of the HPE Gen 10 server launch and there is always excitement surrounding anything new coming from HPE. And on this occasion, HPE didn’t disappoint and helped out OzTUG by providing a number of good presentations.
The day started with a description of HP’s strategy to make hybrid IT simple, power the intelligent edge, and provide the expertise to make it happen, followed by an update on the new capabilities offered by the Gen 10 server range, and an update from Intel who was the major sponsor for the day’s events. Following the coffee break, the real reason the NonStop community was in attendance materialized – the pure NonStop stream commenced. With 50 to 60 attendees from customers, ISVs together with other interested parties heard firsthand about all that is happening with NonStop.
OzTUG was given an interesting roadmap and outline of recent wins in EMEA and Americas by Jeff Kyle, followed by a regional update including recent APJ wins from Suresh Menon. It’s always good to hear about wins and on this occasion such news was well-received by those present. Bracketing the lunch break Mike Rice, then Lars Plum, speaking over Skype on more detailed technical sessions on NSADI and vNS built on what had been introduced by Jeff and the Skype technology worked extremely well and these sessions were especially appreciated.
There were also a number of interesting presentations from our other sponsors, OzTUG committee members and other HPE speakers. The day finished with an OzTUG AGM, followed by drinks & canapes – where there was much mingling and discussion about the Symposium, and memorable past events. As always, the opportunities to network have proved popular and were once again welcomed by the attendees.
Overall response to the event? Feedback was very positive, with a strong desire coming from the attendees for continuing sessions and updates and the OzTUG committee is taking to heart and will be working on further events in the near future. Even with Skype working as well as it did there is still open invitations to NonStop product management and development to make the trip down under and perhaps, next time (and budgets permitting) we will see a number of new faces!