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OpenMPE hearing: fresh note, or last verse

One HP3000 hour takes its place at Discover

The HP Discover conference takes place one month from today, and MPE/iX has retained a small foothold among five days of labs, sessions, meetings and keynote speeches.

The daily session lineup for the biggest HP conference in company history includes 60 minutes of one meeting for OpenMPE, the group of volunteers who led the vendor through a more complete set of exit practices for the HP 3000. HP is assembling a summer conference lineup dotted with star power and a peek at the company’s new CEO Leo Apotheker. While Sir Paul McCartney will give a private concert at the new HP Discover, a session with MPE interest is almost as rare as a sighting of the deceased Beatle John Lennon.

The 3000’s OS issues are represented by the OpenMPE Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting set for 11 AM on Friday June 11, the final hour of a conference that opens with HP officers’ fanfare on June 6. Even sessions with the word migration in their title have become more rare, a sign that HP’s vision has shifted away from its advice and training about leaving platforms.

HP is promising the lowest possible conference pass price to users who attend a webinar on May 12 that outlines the return on investment for attending the show.

The conference in Las Vegas has changed its vendue from the Mandalay Bay to the Venetian Hotel and Casino. HP began collaborating with the user groups which became Connect in 2005 to create the HP Technology Forum and Expo. The Tech Forum has been transformed this year with more extensive HP involvement. Servers, Storage and Networking leader Dave Donatelli will also deliver a keynote at the conference.

OpenMPE is joined by SIG meetings for Linux, Enterprise Unix, OpenVMS, Windows and NonStop, plus Java and virtualization technologies. All but MPE are scheduled to have technical sessions throughout the week. A Triple Crown Community Party in Emeril Lagasse Stadium, a Monday welcome reception, a reception before the McCartney concert and free testing for up to five $175 HP ExpertOne tech certifications are also part of the event, one that starts with Vivit (HP Software) and HP-UX day-long labs on Monday for an additional cost.

Some of HP’s own employees were still looking for approval to attend the conference as late as one month before the event kicked off. Hewlett-Packard has continued to keep tough controls on spending even after cost-slasher Mark Hurd left last the company summer. Attending the meeting costs $1,495 with all discounts available to members of Connect. Entering ZONE2011 in the registration promo box earns a special discount.

Labs during the meeting include multiple primers on building webOS apps, Superdome 2 partitions management, getting familiar with the new HP StoreOnce de-duplication technologies, several hours of HP-UX server surveillance and early threat detection labs, and managing HP BladeSystems and private cloud computing with HP Insight Control Management software.

The booths for exhibitors with some knowledge of the HP 3000 on a 151-vendor Discover Zone show hall are Canam Software Labs (providing XML tools) and Stromasys (which is building the Zelus 3000 emulator). Both had booth numbers to be determined as of one month away from the show.

As it did last year, HP is making its subject matter experts available for onsite one-on-one meetings with attendees. Registered users can submit a request for a meeting at the show website,