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On January 10 -11, 2011, HP invited industry bloggers to Dallas and Houston, Texas. …

On January 10 -11, 2011, HP invited industry bloggers to Dallas and Houston, Texas.
The event kicked off with a tour of the Dallas Cowboys data center. We met with Bill Haggard, the Cowboy’s IT manager to find out why they chose HP and how Converged Infrastructure optimizes the efficiency for the stadium and the 38 businesses his team manages with 13 staff members. The HP Houston campus hosted us on day two where we were given a deep dive into the innovative technology from the Industry Standards Servers ProLiant experts.

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  • 1. HP Converged Infrastructure and ProLiant Tech TourPictures1.10 & 1.11 2011
  • 2. 2
    HP Converged Infrastructure and ProLiant Tech Tour
    Background
    On January 10 -11, 2011, HP invited industry bloggers to Dallas and Houston, Texas.
    The event kicked off with a tour of the Dallas Cowboys data center. We met with Bill Haggard, the Cowboy’s IT manager to find out why they chose HP and how Converged Infrastructure optimizes the efficiency for the stadium and the 38 businesses his team manages with 13 staff members.
    The HP Houston campus hosted us on day two where we were given a deep dive into the innovative technology from the Industry Standards Servers ProLiant experts.
  • 3. 3
    Our first day kicked off at the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington, TX with two HP thought leaders, ProLiant’s Alyson Griffin and the CI team’s Duncan Campbell.
    Both discussed innovations from
    HP Converged Infrastructure bringing efficiency to the Dallas Cowboys technology.
  • 4. 4
    The tour of the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium is highly impressive. We were provided an in-depth look by Bill Haggard.
    “HP expertise and technology have helped our IT staff switch
    its focus from 30% on innovation and 70% on operations
    to 80% on innovation and 20% on operations. That helped
    make this new stadium and its increased revenue possible.”
    Bill Haggard, Director of Enterprise Infrastructure,
    Dallas Cowboys
    HP customer
  • 5. 5
    The competitive energy of the Cowboys Stadium takes over Jake Ludington and Jeffrey Powers
    Turf Talk
    Martin MacLeod inspects
    Digital display command central:
    All 3100+ monitors managed here
  • 6. 6
    Dallas Cowboys data center information:
    Supports 38-plus other business in more than 90 locations—all centralized
    Run by a staff of 13 people
    With a 100-terabyte SANs at the stadium and a remote location, it’s designed to support growth for the next15 to 20 years.
    60-yard long, 70-foot tall high definition video screens running along the sidelines—they are the largest HD monitors in the world!
    3100 monitors though out the stadium
    For more details, see the customer case study(pdf)
    And watch the Dallas Cowboys video
  • 7. 7
    After driving from Dallas to Houston, Ivy Worldwide hosted a fantastic dinner for HP & the industry bloggers.
  • 8. 8
    Day two at the Houston campus: a number of lab tours, PODworks facility, discussions with HP experts
    Blades team members
    James Singer and Dan Bowers talk with the industry experts
    Gary Thome and the bloggers discuss five things:
    - Cloud
    - Convergence
    - Cultural & Process changes
    - Environmental efficiencies
    - Taking out complexities
  • 9. 9
    Dan Bowers leads a comparison of AMD and Intel processor best use and benchmark testing with Jake Ludington, Calvin Zito and Derek Shauland.
    Ray Nix and Mike Witkowski lead the conversation around Networking & Virtual Connect.
  • 10. 10
    The Factory Express tour and the PODworks facility
    Here are the stations where the PODs are loaded with hardware & software
    An example of a POD
    Here’s the entrance to the PODworks building facility. Think “Henry Ford” for data centers. Massive production capabilities.
    HP ProLiant
    ships a server every 11 seconds
  • 11. 11
    HP Storage thought leader Lee Johns (check him out at @StorageOlogist) on how Storage technologies are built on ProLiant technologies, made to work in concert for a fully efficient, easy to manage Converged Infrastructure
    HP’s Mike Kendal on the Data Center Smart Grid and Intelligent Power Discovery
  • 12. 12
    HP Converged Infrastructure and ProLiant Tech Tour
    Many thanks
    To the industry bloggers who took time out of their busy schedules to spend time with HP:
    Klint Finley: www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise, Twitter ID @klintron
    Kevin Houston: www.bladesmadesimple.com, Twitter ID @Kevin_Houston
    Jake Ludington: www.jakeludington.com, Twitter ID @jakeludington
    Martin MacLeod: www.bladewatch.com, Twitter ID @martinmacleod
    Jeffrey Powers: www.geekazine.com, Twitter ID @geekazine
    Hector Russo: www.geeksroom.com, Twitter ID @GeeksRoom
    Derek Schauland: http://techhelp.cybercreations.net/,  Twitter ID @webjunkie
    Darryl K. Taft: www.eweek.com, Twitter ID @darrylktaft
    And to the HP Social Media team who joined in the conversation:
    Dan Bowers, Twitter ID @DanielAtHP
    Quinn Fisher, Twitter ID @ProLiant
    Steph Grubich, Twitter ID @BladeNews
    Ken Henault, Twitter ID @BladeGuy
    Kristie Popp, Twitter ID @HPConverge, PoppAtHP
    Rebecca Taylor, Enterprise Business Social Media, Twitter ID @BeccaTaylor
    Calvin Zito, Twitter ID @HPStorageGuy
    And the Dallas Cowboys IT team, the HP experts and executives who led the conversations!