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The Microsoft Storage Solutions Division is participated at SNW this Fall at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas.
The goals at the event were to strengthen industry awareness and enterprise credibility of Microsoft storage technologies and showcase our partners end to end solutions in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion.
We highlighted partner solutions specific to virtualization, data protection and data storage on the Microsoft platform, demonstrating our technologies to a live audience through booth Demos and interacted with end users to showcase:
We also highlighted what Microsoft technologies can do in enterprise environments in the Hands on Labs, and delivered 5 sessions covering a wide variety of topics, showcasing some key Microsoft storage practices and technologies
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“I had a ton of interest from customers and engaged in several opportunities” Frank (Nexsan) “Thanks for offering the Galleria booth to LeftHand (two of our best leads came from there)” Dave (LeftHand Networks) “Overall, it was a great event and we were able to connect with many members of the Microsoft community and chat with many prospects.” Dan (AppAssure) “Traffic was even better in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion than our own booth, with more technical interactions!” Mike (DataDomain)
IT End User quotes:
“Wow, I didn’t know Microsoft was in storage – what do you do??”=> This is one of the reasons we have done this event for awareness! “Isn’t everyone a Microsoft Partner?” in response to the “Please visit our partners for a chance to win…..”
Microsoft Partner Pavilion Sponsors:
Microsoft Pavilion Demos:
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V High Availability with Failover Clustering
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
Hands on Labs
Darrell Kleckley was the Microsoft lead for the SNW Hands On Labs and he drove and organized the participation in four labs and also developed a new lab for SNIA (Server Virtualization). Darrell worked with Micrsoft colleagues to serve as instructor for the labs. The labs we participated in and their respective instructors were:
Many of the lab sessions were at full capacity and the students reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Students really see value in learning about new technologies/scenarios (for them) on real hardware coupled with the participation of industry experts. Microsoft and its technologies were well positioned and appreciated. Many of the students were potential customer of DPM and some were Linux shops on VMWare that will now evaluate Hyper-V for future deployments….clearly some business value add from these labs even if the teaching is “vendor neutral”.
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