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Connect posts hot Tech Forum sessions

The Connect HP enterprise users group has posted session descriptions for its June HP Technology Forum. The online catalog lists hundreds of talks that comprise the HP-centric content which makes the conference a unique value for managers of HP business-class systems.

The sessions are HP-centric in a way beyond their subject matter, focused on HP's solutions. They're delivered in very large part by HP staff members, although some are presented by HP's partners, too. (The catalog lists a few customers leading sessions; there's a strong OpenVMS and NonStop contingent providing that kind of content.)

But the three-plus days is one of the best ways to meet HP, especially the company that has changed so much since the last HP 3000s rolled off the line in 2003. "The Triple Bottom Line of Green Data Centers" is a talk to be given by William Kosik, HP's Green Technology Director. If you didn't even know HP has such a director, or wonder where Green might be paying off for HP, a bottom line session could bring some green to an enterprise.

HP CALLS this strategy Sustainable IT, built upon the technology in systems like those Integrity servers HP offers as a replacement for 3000s being migrated. Instead of pushing feeds and speeds like performance or detailing how many apps run on a server, HP wants a customer to consider cost of ownership. Engineers like Kosik have been designing smart facilities for HP with the likes of the Integrity. HP talks about the Integrity's thermal designs as a product advantage -- because cooling a business server has become a more prominent part of ownership.

A decision to attend the Tech Forum this year, for a 3000 IT pro, needs to be sparked by a change rather than polishing crucial skills. Community members recently migrated, or those with a plan and a need for training, won't find a broader set of sessions than what Connect and HP have put together for Vegas June 21-24.

HP may not be presenting any more migration sessions related to the HP 3000, but the company is still talking about how to migrate to its products. Alvina Nishimoto, the redoubtable manager who still fields questions about migration solutions, will be giving a talk aimed at another legacy community -- companies which use IBM's Series i servers.

HP's System i (IBM Iseries/AS/400) Alternative Solutions allow you to transition your System i environment to HP platforms with HP and ISV solutions. Join us for a review of the critical business initiatives that are driving this transition and how HP and ISV solutions can address these issues.

Hear about HP's roadmap for migrating from legacy environments, review solutions that help companies successfully transition to open platforms, discuss industry-standard alternatives, such as HP ProLiant and HP Integrity systems, operating systems, storage, and services. Learn how tools and services from HP partners can be key components of a successful transition to more agile, cost-effective alternative solutions.

Nishimoto and HP alliance manager Karim Raad should present an interesting roadmap for migrating, considering that IBM hasn't shared any timelines on canceling the iSeries. That map might offer options that HP has cooked up based on its experiences migrating HP 3000 customers.

Connect is touting a $200 early bird registration price that expires April 30. Oh, and the meeting has a pretty well-known closing night act on the entertainment slate: Roger Daltrey of The Who. The user group is selling a Connect You-niversity uplift that promises seats close to the stage for that one.

This VIP program (a $50 uplift for Connect members) includes a "Closing party exclusive area close to the stage" and access to the scheduler for booking sessions a few days before it opens to the public. There's a backstage pass included, too -- but we're not sure if Roger is included on that tour.