Many moons ago back in April, I and several other vExperts were invited to Symantec HQ for an executive briefing. What I thought was just going to be a sales pitch, turned into a deep discussion around virtualization philosophy and technical discussion around Symantec’s many products. Hit the link to read more if you are interested in my experience.
To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Symantec was genuinely interested to hear our thoughts not only around their own products, but about purely virtualization topics. I can say from the demos, especially netbackup, I was thoroughly impressed w/ the level of thought and precision behind their technologies.
3 things came up that I found most intriguing and encouraging:
- Netbackup’s evolution
- Storage Vendor-agnostic dynamic multipathing
- Symantec AV <—Agent vs. Agentless turning to Agent ‘and’ Agentless
I was still unimpressed w/ Application HA’s presentation, especially as an experienced sys admin. However, I did get an inkling of a feeling that there is much more to Application HA than what most presentations demonstrated. I plan on keeping in touch w/ their rep around this tech. I’ll post their twitter handle when I find the business card somewhere in my mountain of junk.
Anyway, other than the presentations and tech demos, it was a huge pleasure to meet some very excellent members of the vExpert community.
Here are their twitter handles and my brief non-helpful overly sarcastic attempt @ humorous descriptions:
|@mpoore||Brits just sound smart to me and hilarious when they curse.|
|@vSential||Has lots to say, always…|
|@virt_pimp||Unique twitter pic|
|@hashmibilal||Does actually look like his 8-bit pic or would that be 16-bit?|
|@coolsport00||Way too in shape. I’m jealous.|
Less sarcasm, more descript based on Twitter profiles:
|@JordanPusey||Symantec Alliance Marketing, VMware Alliance|
|@kmitchel||Symantec NetBackup Product Marketing Manager interested in conversations around virtualization and backup|
|@SymRenRPM||Senior Regional NetBackup Product Manager for Symantec|
|@abdulRasheed127||Specializing in storage, data protection and virtualization. Carlson Executive MBA student at U of M. Gopher fan! Technical marketer at Symantec|
|@symantec||Official Symantec Twitter Account|