DOHA EVENT: Data Availability in the Hybrid Cloud Era

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.05.2013 at 20:57

Below is an invitation to a joint event between Qatar Datamation Systems, Microsoft, Commvault and HP focusing on Data Availability in the Hybrid Cloud.

It is time to re-think your IT investment and infrastructure to address the exponential growth and availability of data, there is a compelling need for a strategic alignment of the backup recovery, archiving and disaster recovery.
See beyond today and focus on sustained business operations that can withstand threats and pitfalls that befall today’s business establishment.
We are honored to invite you in collaboration with Commvault, Microsoft, and HP to demonstrate the approach for the unified Data Protection & Availability across the software, hardware and cloud stack. We will share our thoughts on what are ahead and compelling insights into investing in the business outcomes and the concept of the Hybrid Cloud Data Protection.

Date:
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Time:
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Venue:
Sharq Village & SPA

Agenda:

08:45 – 09:30     Registrations & Welcome Refreshments
09:30 – 09:45     Keynote
09:45 – 10:45     Commvault: The exponential way forward in Data
                          Protection
10:45 – 11:00     Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00     Microsoft: Realizing the Hybrid Cloud With Windows
                          Azure & SQL
12:00 – 13:00     HP: The Converged Storage Approach
13:00                 Lunch

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Microsoft has the “most ambitious cloud strategy”: Forbes

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2013 at 21:58

I read with interest an article on Forbes.com by Louis Columbus, titled Demystifying Cloud Vendors.

Louis shares his observations from a recent Gartner webinar titled How Cloud Computing changes the Vendor Landscape by David Mitchell, VP and Gartner Fellow.

Microsoft has the most ambitious cloud strategy of the nine companies profiled, and their cloud-first design initiative shows they have faith in Azure performing in the enterprise.  Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will first be released on Azure, then on-premise is a case in point. Microsoft is impatient  to move into a subscription model with its evolving cloud platform.

Gartner’s analysis of Microsoft’s cloud strategy is shown in the following graphic.

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Here is a summary chart showing Microsoft as having perfect balance between enabling technology and packaged cloud. Other major vendors on the list are Amazon, Google, Salesforce.com, IBM, VMware, HP, and Oracle among others.

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For more information on how you can benefit from our cloud solutions, reach out to me or speak to your Microsoft account manager.


Visit us at the Landmark mall this weekend!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 21.02.2013 at 07:13

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HP Slate 500: this tablet means business

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.10.2010 at 06:39
HP Slate 500: The tablet for businesses

 

The possibilities: Check out this awesome video from HP that demonstrates some of the many business scenarios that can be enabled with it.


HP Slate 500 is officially released

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.10.2010 at 16:18

The HP Slate 500, running Windows 7 Professional (32 bit) has been officially released yesterday.

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The HP Slate, priced at $799 in the US, is powered with an Intel® Atom™ Processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB), 2 GB of RAM (maximum, non upgradeable), a solid state flash module for storage, and an 8.9” wide-angle touch screen. The unit is shipped with a cradle and a carry case included in the box.

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An HP Slate digital pen is also included as an additional input device. The HP slate features two cameras, one for video conferencing and the other to be used for still photography at 3MP.

The HP slate’s dimensions are 9.21 x 0.58 x 5.91 in (23.40 x 1.47 x 15.00 cm). Average battery life is 5+ hours.

I saw some really interesting close-up pictures of the product on Engadget this morning.

iPad vs. HP Slate

Unlike the iPad, the HP Slate is primarily targeted at the business user rather than a mere collectible for the consumer. Smile

  • Display: The HP Slate features an 8.9” display at 16:9 ratio. The iPad has a 9.7” display with only a 4:3 ratio. Both devices support a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768. The HP Slate supports 1080p video playback, while the iPad can only do 720p.
  • Camera: The HP Slate has two, the iPad has none!
  • USB port: The HP Slate has one, the iPad has none!
  • Processor: iPad has a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor, Slate runs on a 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor.
  • Memory: the Slate comes with 2GB of memory, that’s 8 times more memory than the iPad.
  • Weight: Despite all the extra features on the HP Slate, both devices weigh the same (1.5 pounds)
  • Adobe Flash support: iPad doesn’t support Flash. HP Slate (Windows 7) does. And that makes a big difference.
  • OS: The iPad runs Apple’s iPhone OS 3.2 operating system, which was designed for a phone. The HP Slate 500 runs Windows 7, a “serious” operating system that can run Microsoft Office Smile and a hell of a lot of applications. If it runs on Windows 7, it will most likely run on your Slate.
  • Storage: iPad comes in “flavours” of 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB. HP Slate comes with a 64GB solid state drive and expandable via SD, SDHC and SDXC.

To be fair to the iPad, the only iPad features that I can think of that the Slate doesn’t have are:

  • 3G support
  • Apple talks about 10 hours battery life, while HP Slate gives 5+ hours.

Call me biased, but the HP Slate is the clear winner in the modern tablet era, based on the facts above. I just can’t wait to get one for myself! Open-mouthed smile