Pure//Accelerate Day 2

Re-setting your body clock to a new timezone is always a challenge, having arrived in San Francisco at 09:30am on Monday to be involved in the conference; I found myself awake after a good night’s sleep ready for the next day, this year I’m staying at an Airbnb apartment about 10-15 minutes walk from Pier 48, so it was a nice change to walk to the venue!

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I was greeted by the best coffee I’ve had in San Francisco, this was instrumental in my acclimatisation to this timezone and (I know I’m biased), but it makes a big difference to any conference! Thank you and well done 🙂

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On to the event… So Day 2 was slightly more subdued than day 1 (I have to say, I’ve been to a number of conferences and I really found this event to be quite relaxed compared to others).  I think the environment created along with the quality of engagement between attendees has been quite unique.

It was great to meet up with @datacenterdude and hear about @cohesity together with @PureStorage, it almost felt like a mini @TechFieldDay rehearsal, live at Pure//Accelerate but with less hecaling 😉

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I then met up with my good friend @kylegrossmiller who’s one of our Solution Architects specialising in Horizon View and XenDesktop, he showed me this beautiful looking NVIDIA Tesla M6 which is a GPU offload mezzanine card that fits nicely into a Cisco UCS model B blade.

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My presentation was up next, DEVOPS a day in the life of Pure Storage you can catch it here recorded live on periscope: –

Then it was back to the main auditorium with that beautiful screen again…

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First off we had the //Accelerate Awards 2016 for customers who got behind Pure from the very beginning, these included Symantec, Paylocity, Red Hawk Casino and SouthEast Technical Institute.

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Next up there was a great discussion with Biri Singh (@zbirisingh) CTO, Cisco and Scott Dietzen (@scott_dietzen) CEO of Pure Storage talking about future trends including the reality of public cloud and the shift from virtualisation to containerisation.

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After a short break Scott returned, this time with Raghu Raghuram (@raghuraghuram) EVP, GM of SDDC at VMware where the conversation jumped straight onto Dell before mentioning VSAN and the origins of the Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC), kudos to Raghu for mentioning Stephen Herrod (@herrod) who originally coined the phrase!

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Robert Herjavec (@robertherjavec) provided a very interesting perspective on the technology industry as a security business owner and entrepreneur with a fascinating insight into being in the public media (AKA Shark Tank) and left us with some interesting observations on the growth of data and the problem of more, being more.

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Jonathan Martin (@_iamJM) then gave away three (3) FlashArray //m10 arrays to 3 lucky people who found Willie Wonka’s golden ticket stuck under their seat!

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The main Keynote ended and I attended several breakout sessions including The Pure Flash Futures session with the FlashBlade team.

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And an interesting Pure Founders Vision & Q&A session, I have to comment that it’s not often you go to these kind of events and get intimate access to the company founders!

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The breakout sessions came to an end and it was time to indulge in some arcade action, I couldn’t believe that I found Robotron:2004, I used to love this game as a kid…

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Another classic was Space Wars…

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Then it was time to start packing up the Pure//Pavilions hardware before the live music started.

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With the hardware teardown coming to a close, drinks began to flow with the signature cocktails reminding me of New Hire Training!

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The Sun went down on the end of a fantastic day 2 at Pure//Accelerate, I really enjoyed this event and I’m proud to be part of this journey with Pure Storage!

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…and the evening came to a close with live music from Panic at the Disco.

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Thanks Pure//Accelerate for providing a relaxed environment for customers, partners and employees to join together, learn and help initiate the next phase in our partnership!  I feel honoured to have shared this experience and I look forward to the opportunity of returning 21/22 March 2017 for the next thrilling installment…!

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