If you were not able to join our 2nd installment of IBM Edge you missed a great show! (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/edge/)
IBMEdge 2013 covered lots of new technology such as Storage (new DS8870 ((http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/ds8000/index.html)), Storwize V7000 ((http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/storwize_v7000/index.html)) & XIV features ((http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/xiv/index.html)), PureSystems offerings ((http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/pureflex/pureflex_overview.html)) + IBM's 1st MSP Summit). We did spend a great deal of the week speaking, learning about the IBM FlashSystems (formerly known as Texas Memory Systems) (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/flash/) during Edge as it's a HUGE evolution in the data center. However, toward the later part of the week I heard a few customers talking and they were concerned that we didn't have more than the 65+ new announcements (WOW), and that got me thinking that perhaps they failed to understand the flow of IBMEdge 2013?
There were a lot of sessions which covered Storage (new & legacy) and a lot of sessions for what I am calling transitional technologies (OpenStack ((http://www.openstack.org/)), Software Defined Storage (SDS) ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_defined_storage)), IEEE 802.1Qbg (Edge Virtual Bridging)) ((http://www.ieee802.org/1/pages/802.1bg.html))...which allow the current state of storage and storage subsystem offerings to evolve into a more flexible offering than they exist today.
Perhaps the customers did not catch the tie-in? I believe these offerings will bring about rapid change to Enterprise storage offerings.
What are your thoughts?