DPM 2007 has RTM'd ... and announced at Storage Networking World in Dallas in October.
DPM 2007 is generally available this month (November) - making its way to distributors, channel partners and Microsoft licensing vehicles as we speak.
But now comes my favorite part ... the DPM 2007 product launch.
I have been looking forward to this for the entire 23 months of my Microsoft career.
This is my first real product launch as a Microsoft employee - although I have attended most big ones since Windows 95 as a customer or partner. But DPM 2007 is why I joined Microsoft, so I have a very cool seat at the center of the storm. And as such, I will try to share my daily adventures and impressions for November 9-17 at Microsoft Tech-Ed IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain.
As glamorous as Barcelona might sound - my adventures will be fly to Barcelona, taxi to the hotel next to the convention center - walk between the convention center and the hotel for six days, and fly home. The longer version is:
fly home to Dallas - will take off at 10A, watch an entire season of some TV show from DVD, do absolutely no work besides a wrap-up of the week, and land at 3P in Dallas. If my boss has any mercy at all, I'll get a comp-day or two in the short week of Thanksgiving. If not, I may bring home a rare 72-hour virus from Europe that will keep me on my Xbox and off my PC until Nov.26.
Somewhere in that week, there will be some press/analyst and partner/customer meetings - and I truly do love to hang out at the DPM booth so look for me there. I will try to attend a few sessions from my friends in SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange and Virtualization in case "backup" comes up. And I will make a point of eating the local cuisine.
But this week, between now and then, I am trying to bake as many last pieces of content, key customer/press/analyst briefings, etc. as I can before I get on a plane Friday.
See you in Barcelona - or cyberspace
Yes, those are some interesting viruses that make you shake or vomit if you touch a PC keyboard, but calm you if using a Xbox controller. I hear beer also helps keep it at bay.