It has been a couple weeks since Dell Storage Forum London concluded and I wanted to share a few things with you about it for those that did not get the chance to attend.  First of all this was my first time to London and I must say it is a fantastic city.  Customer service was top notice everywhere I went, transportation was fantastic even with the crowds.  Traffic was bad at times, although I was told that it was very low compared to other times during the year. 

The event was held at a wonderful hotel just steps from St. Paul’s cathedral and gave everyone a great view from the top floor of the city.

The week started off with instructor led training on Monday and Tuesday covering Dell EqualLogic Advanced features and management, Dell EqualLogic vSphere integration and Dell Compellent Storage Center administration.  The rest of the week was covered with sessions covering best practice, configuration, integration, management, DR, tiering and protecting data with the full line of Dell Storage products.  If the sessions did not fill you up with knowledge there were hands on labs available for you to take the products for a test drive.  Dell Compellent, Dell EqualLogic, Dell PowerVault all had different labs covering integration and management for each.  Each day also include a Plenary session and a networking lunch in the solutions expo.  There was even a couple of product preview sessions with the Engineering teams, but those were under NDA, so I can not talk about any of the details here. 

The opening Keynote was giving by Dell Storage VP and GM Darren Thomas on Wednesday morning.  He talked about some new products and what it means to be fluid.  Read Darren’s blog post for more about the new products and the Fluid Data architecture

I was able to get a few minutes to ask the Dell Storage VP and GM about the event which you can watch here