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As posted at EMCMSFT.Typepad.com

 

by Sam Marraccini (@EMCMSFT)

 

2012 is shaping up to be a non-stop technology filled ride with new products, new integration and just cool stuff!   If you spend your day with Microsoft Application keep up to date with the latest by following me on twitter @EMCMSFT

 

EMC is a Diamond Sponsor of the SQL Server 2012 launch.  EMC is participating in the global launch including the virtual launch event March 7th, you can register here.  You can expect much more here and on future episodes of Inside the Partnership here.

 

In addition to the SQL launch we are busy preparing for the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), EMC World, and Microsoft Teched.  Look for lots of new technology announcements at all three shows.   And that's in the first half of the year!

 

I recently sat down with John Terescik.  John is largely responsible for the direction of EMCs Systems Center integration across EMC products.  With the highly anticipated launch of System Center 2012, EMC is preparing for the Microsoft Management Summit.  EMC is once again a Gold Sponsor of MMS.  John and I spoke about what that means.   For a summary of MMS2011, check out Inside the Partnership Episode #2

 

 

The Microsoft Management summit will lead us into EMC World.  Look for lots of announcements and new integration with Microsoft technologies, much more to come from EMC World.

 

EMC is once again a Platinum Sponsor of Microsoft Teched.  If you think we did it big in 2011, just wait till 2012.   For a recap of EMC at Microsoft Teched 2011 check out Inside The Partnership Episode #6

 

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by Sam Marraccini (@EMCMSFT)  (Also Posted to EMCMSFT.Typepad.com)

 

The Annual SharePoint Conference was held back in October, almost two months ago.  I’m a little behind on my blogging ;-)  After many Microsoft Teched experiences, this was my first SharePoint Conference, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.   I had Blogged earlier about EMCs involvement as a gold sponsor and even alluded to EMC being a “Big” part of the keynote.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the overall response to EMCs involvement in the Conference.   Customer after customer was just amazed at EMCs broad range of capabilities around Microsoft SharePoint.

 

As you know, my “Inside the Partnership (EMC/MFST)” Video Cast has reviewed EMC’s involvement in many Microsoft Conferences.   From “The Microsoft Management Conference 2011” in ITP02, to “Microsoft Teched 2011” in ITP06 and even The Introduction of ESI (EMC Storage Integrator) at “EMC World 2011” in ITP05.

 

In all cases, I was able to highlight the event in a single ITP (Inside the Partnership) episode.  So I expected the same from the SharePoint Conference.   I was mistaken…   It has taken almost two months, but I have 3 episodes of Inside the Partnership dedicated to The SharePoint Conference 2011.  Here is the overview:  (All Three Episodes are at the end of this Post)

 

As I mentioned, I had alluded to EMC being a part of the Keynote address.   What I couldn’t say then I can say now.  EMC, along with NEC, simply blew away the existing scalability limits of SharePoint 2010.

 

To quote Jared Sparato, Director of SharePoint Product Management at Microsoft,  "The results from SharePoint 2010 testing with hardware provided by NEC, EMC and Intel shows the high-end scalability of SharePoint 2010 for large-scale document management and records management solutions. SharePoint 2010 can help you scale your document management needs from simple team collaboration to enterprise-wide document archiving and records management needs."

 

The Keynote Demonstration Highlights included a SharePoint 2010 Cluster Featuring SQL Denali CTP3 featuring a 14.4TB Database (2 Content Databases) with over 108 Million Documents.  Microsoft demonstrated a full content search in .23 seconds and a full SQL AlwaysOn Failover.   The Keynote is the focus of ITP13, and you can also find the Official Press Release here.   This demonstrated a 200% larger content than previous recommendations.  Details of the "Scale Test Report for Very Large Scale Document Repositories" found here.

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The VNX5700 on stage for The SharePoint Conference 2011 Keynote.

 

That was the opening keynote.  How could it get better?  It did.  EMC hosted two technical breakout sessions.

 

  • Session #1 – Proven Best Practices for Virtualizing SharePoint and FAST Search hosted by EMC Proven Solutions. (#SPC2993)  This session is the topic of ITP15.  Highlights here included a reference architecture for fully virtualizing Fast Search along with other components of your SharePoint farm.   (Move from 5 physical servers, to 2 virtual servers with the same end user performance). 
  • Session #2 – “Searching Video with FAST Search for Sharepoint 2010” (#SPC384) was hosted by EMC Consulting and featured in ITP16.  It’s amazing to me how many people commented, to me, “Wow, I didn’t know EMC could to that”.    Time coded video meta data extracted from video source files, into SharePoint, indexed with Fast Search and retrieved via a custom search!!!!   Seeing is believing

 

 

In addition to the sessions, EMCs Gold Sponsored Theater in the Exhibit hall included EMC experts specifically addressing EMCs extended value prop for Microsoft SharePoint including:

  • Leveraging SharePoint Data for Business insight and Advanced Collaboration (Demos include:  Upgrading to SharePoint 2010 and Fast Search, Managing Sharepoint as a shared service) 
  • Managing Data and Enterprise Content (Demos include:  Captiva and Documentum integration)
  • Simplifying Storage Management of Virtualized SharePoint Environments (Demos include: Performance and Storage Planning, EMC Storage Integrator for SharePoint. SourceOne Archiving and Remote BLOB)
  • Ensuring Data Protection for Virtualized SharePoint (Demos include:  Replication Manager, Avamar, Networker, Data Domain)
    • Ensuring High Availability for virtualized SharePoint (Demos include:  Disaster Recovery and Security, Recover point Cluster Enabler.

Kudos to all of the unseen EMCers behind the scenes of the “The SharePoint Conference 2011”, and on another note, I absolutely loved the Windows Mobile 7 Conference App. Great job Microsoft!!!

 

As always, follow me on twitter @EMCMSFT or drop me a line at Sam.Marraccini@emc.com

  Inside The Partnership (EMC/MSFT) - ITP13 - The SharePoint Conference - Keynote Special

 

 

Inside The Partnership (EMC/MSFT) - ITP15 - SharePoint Conference 2011 - EMC Breakout Session #1 - Virtualizing Fast Search for SharePoint 2010

 

Inside The Partnership (EMC/MSFT) - ITP16 - SharePoint Conference 2011 - EMC Breakout Session #2 - Fast Search for Video Content with Native SharePoint 2010 Search

 

 

 

 

More Pictures from #SPC11

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VNX on Stage Pre-KeyNote

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EMC Theater in Exhibit Hall

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The Guys that pulled it all together.

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Never Pass up a good photo opp!!!

by Sam Marraccini (@EMCMSFT)

 

The calendar is full, and there is lots of focus on two upcoming Microsoft conferences:

The Microsoft SharePoint Conference (October 3-6, Anaheim, California) and SQLPass Summit (October 11-14, Seattle, Washington) That’s two back-to-back busy weeks.

 

Watch Inside The Partnership #11 for more details - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXFGmCuZJwY

For all the latest follow me on twitter @EMCMSFT

 

 

The Microsoft SharePoint Conference (October 11-14, Anaheim, California). The Microsoft SharePoint Conference is the premiere Customer event for Sharepoint and will be attended by over 5,000 SharePoint professionals. SharePoint is the fastest growing Microsoft technology and is being used by customers of all sizes to enable advanced internet and extranet collaboration.

 

EMC is a gold sponsor of the conference and will continue the Cloud Meets Big Data Theme with a focus on: Simplifying management of virtualized Sharepoint environments, Managing structured and unstructured data growth, Delivering timely insight and collaboration from Sharepoint data and Enabling advanced and efficient collaboration to your users.

 

EMC will be hosting two breakout sessions at the SharePoint Conference. 

 

  • Session #1 – Proven Best Practices for Virtualizing SharePoint and FAST Search hosted by EMC Proven Solutions. That session will help you understand best practices to design and deploy a virtualized Sharepoint and FAST Search environment. Tuesday 10/4 @ 3:15 (Session SPC2993)
  • Session #2 – “Searching Video with FAST Search for Sharepoint 2010” will be hosted by EMC Consulting and will Demonstrate how to integrate external video metadata generation services with native SharePoint Search. Wednesday October 5 @ 3:15 (Session SPC384)

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n addition to the sessions, you can meet the experts at the EMC conference booth (#423), featuring 4 kiosks and multiple demonstrations including: 

  • Leveraging SharePoint Data for Business insight and Advanced Collaboration (Demos include: Upgrading to SharePoint 2010 and Fast Search, Managing Sharepoint as a shared service)
  • Managing Data and Enterprise Content (Demos include: Captiva and Documentum integration)
  • Simplifying Storage Management of Virtualized SharePoint Environments (Demos include: Performance and Storage Planning, EMC Storage Integrator for SharePoint. SourceOne Archiving and Remote BLOB)
  • Ensuring Data Protection for Virtualized SharePoint (Demos include: Replication Manager, Avamar, Networker, DataDomain)
  • Ensuring High Availability for virtualized SharePoint (Demos include: Disaster Recovery and Security, Recover point Cluster Enabler.)

  Look for some exciting announcements from EMC at the conference as we test the limits of

SharePoint Scalability, much more on that soon. 

Like Microsoft Teched, stop by the EMC booth for your T-Shirt and chance to win prizes throughout the conference. I will be attending, and you can reach me via twitter @EMCMSFT

But wait, there’s more… The following week we are off to Seattle.

 

 

SQL PASS Summit is produced by the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. The buzz this year is all about “Denali”, the code name for the next version of SQL Server. It’s anticipated, but not confirmed, that Microsoft will introduce new functionality and possibly introduce an official name for “Denali” at the conference. EMC is a gold sponsor of the PASS event and will have experts on hand focused on EMC and Microsoft technologies. You can expect the EMC theme of Cloud Meets Big Data to be all over the exhibit floor. The EMC sponsored exhibit will include 4 demonstration areas and kiosks. Each area will focus on multiple EMC/SQL Server integration points including:

  • Leveraging Data for Business Insight and Advanced Analytics, highlighted by EMC Consulting for Business Intelligence for Infrastructure and services for upgrading and virtualizing SQL server application and databases.
  • Delivering Dynamic, Efficient, Scalable Infrastructure for virtualized SQL Server environments - highlighting EMC Unified Storage VNX, VMAX, EMC Storage Integrator (ESI), FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) and FAST VP.
  • Ensuring Data Protecting for virtualized SQL Server environments and mixed application environments – highlighting EMC Replication including Replication Manager, RecoverPoint, Avamar, Networker, Data Domain.
  • Ensuring High Availability for virtualized SQL server – highlighting EMC integration with Microsoft Virtualization technologies.

Each Kiosk will have multiple demonstrations and be staffed by EMC experts versed in Microsoft technologies and how they integrate with EMC technologies. The demonstrations will be running throughout the exhibit hall hours. Look for special EMC “Denali” and SQL AlwaysOn Announcements as well. Like The Sharepoint Conference, I will be attending. Stop by the EMC booth “#201” and pick up your t-shirt for a chance to win cool prizes. The easiest way to find me is via twitter @EMCMSFT

 

More details on the upcoming conferences can be found in the latest edition of Inside The
Partnership (EMC/MSFT) #11. Thanks for watching.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXFGmCuZJwY

 

 

As a follow-up to Inside The Partnership #7, Fast Track Data Warehouse, the Whitepaper that I promised then is now available. Lots of details on the Cisco Reference Configurations for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 with EMC VNX5300 Series Storage Systems.

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