Summary of Monday's Sessions, continued...


Back to the topic at hand, some more feedback on the sessions from yesterday, and I can sadly only speak about the breakouts, that I went to...

I did start with the session from Scott Radetzky and Dave Pickens on the Systems Engineer Career Path. Basic main message: YOU are responsible for that by yourself, your manager et.al. are there to help you. This is one of the things, that I really do love inside Sun: As Jonathan stated today, and at multiple other occasions: It takes courage to be yourself, don't have someone else do define yourself. In the end, it's always you, that must be happy with whom you are. So, having that said from some of our PEs (Principal Engineers, soon to be named differently) proves, that Sun in itself is a company, that values the individuals, and allows them to do "their thing", as long as it does not bring Sun in front of a court.

The next session was the session on Sun Connection 2.0 by Eran Steiner. Bob Lusk was there also and they talked about the stuff, that's now known as xVM Ops Center, formerly known as Sun Connection, formerly known as Update Connection Enterprise (UCE), formerly known as Aduva OnStage. Nice things to come in December, when the next version, which basically is a merger of N1SM (N1 Systems Manager) with Sun Connection, will reach GA (don't quote me, all times to be my guesses!). I'm in contact with Bob for quite some time, we do have conf-calls every second week because I'm part of the german Systems Practice, which is the PreSales Organization, being responsible for many things, among these xVM Ops Center, N1 SPS, et.al.

The next session I went to was the session with Raj Dosaj and Sanjay Goil on Eco Datacenter Solutions, and how to architect them for tomorrow. We had the same presentation last week at our DataCenter Ambassador Meeting, so here's my feedback: This presentation did cover mostly aspects of power and cooling, which is important, but I was more looking for information on how the enhancements and developments in the IT industry (networks growing faster then SANs, Storage getting cheaper and cheaper (think X4500, aka Thumper) might have effects of the way Datacenter themselves might start thinking more radical. Think: The Network is the computer, and iSCSI et.al. taking up, why, for example, should there still be a SAN around? Why not simply use the Network to do all, Storage, Network, etc...? Sadly, I didn't get answers to these questions during that presentation, but perhaps, my expectations were wrong?

The next speech was the one of Alec Muffett, already mentioned, so in short: He gave me the answers to some of the questions I just wrote down w.r.t. the presnenation before that... ;-)

The last session I did go to was the one on OpenPTK, Provisioning without Boundaries from Scott Fehrman and Terry Sigle. Man, we all need to define, what provisiong means. They sure do have a complete different understanding then I have, so it was a waste of time for me. They are, no doubt about that, doing good stuff, but on a complete different set of tools. Provisioning for them means handling the different User Identities throughout the network, and providing these identities to all relevant parties. So, they did talk about Java and Services and the connection to IDM et.al. Not my turf... ;-)

At night there was the UnConference, which I did not join. The UnConference is tha part, where those, that had not been accepted could still try to find an audience, and present, In former days we called such things the BoF...

Instead I went to the Burger with some of the v12n-aces, as we will be having a slot today covering a virtualization roundtable. Then I went to bed at 10pm, because all the work of the last days and weeks made me tired, and having to be backstage today at 7:15 am required getting some sleep...

So, now to the next round of sessions for today, feedback then tomorrow, as tonight there will be the official party at Palms Casino...

Matthias

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