Commvault GO Second Day Recap – Rising Above the Storm (Literally)
Day 2 at Commvault GO in Orlando, Fla. continued the powerful momentum and engaging keynote presentations that were established on Day 1. The Rosen Shingle Creek Convention Center buzzed with conversation around how Commvault’s customers are driving data management excellence across cloud, application and big data management.
The program today began with our own irrepressible Al Bunte outlining the most recent technical innovations within the platform – simplified interfaces, more powerful orchestration, with increased openness and accessibility combining to maximize the value of customers’ data. After some trademark farming references and jokes, Al introduced Suresh Seshadri, of Ardent Mills, who described Commvault as being a part of Suresh’s plan for delivering 'Velcro architecture' to his organization – enabling it to move data workloads around regardless of infrastructure to wherever required by the business.
Then Commvault’s customers and partners took center stage with Julia King, Contributing Editor of ComputerWorld, and a CIO engaging a panel of customers that included: American Municipal Power, the University of Minnesota and Denver Health. They discussed the challenges of maximizing data value within the real world challenges of exponential data growth, expectations of continued cost savings and increasing compliance challenges.
Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Data Center and Cloud Solutions, Cisco Systems then went on to outline the value Commvault provides to his organization and emphasized the need for a software-driven and policy-based approach to data management.
The rest of today’s Commvault GO program will be made up of more than 40 breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including DR in the Cloud; Data Center Transformation; Data Overload; and several customer presentations.
It is kind of ironic that we are celebrating the success of the second day of our inaugural customer conference – in which disaster recovery and data protection are a major focus – as Hurricane Matthew creeps up the East coast. Talk about real time learning on the fly and battling the elements!
In closing, allow me to end with a customer quote that I believe summarizes the feedback that I have been consistently hearing throughout the show.
“To say this was the first time Commvault had held a large scale customer event, I couldn’t believe how polished it was,” said Branndon Kelley, CIO of American Municipal Power, who participated in the customer panel. “I was very impressed with the level of detail that was put into it, from the keynotes to all the breakout sessions. I even sent a text to my IT staff about how they would have loved all the technical sessions and learned so much from them. As you know, content is king, especially for practitioners, who can consume it and bring it back to the office and make it happen in the real world.”