If you’re expecting this blog post to be by way of adult entertainment then I’m sorry to disappoint, however I have been giving some thought recently to the concept of a user group for EMC Centera clients.
As many of you will know the Centera is a disc based archive platform that EMC acquired in the early noughties when they purchased a small Belgian company called Filepool, today thousands of these devices are still ‘doing what it says on the tin’ all around the globe despite EMC paying little attention to it during the past few years. Part of the reason for it’s continued success (you can still buy a brand new one) is a combination of it’s almost ‘fire and forget’ management, it’s robust and compliant capabilities and the availability of some 200+ applications ported using it’s API.
Since the creation of EMC Advanced Software Division the old war horse has come back into prominence with CAS capabilities being incorporated in to the ViPR SDDC product and the new ViPR ECS appliance. To my mind this not only provides another way forward for current Centera customers but also breaths life back into the whole CAS concept for those who have not seen it before.
Many years ago (around 20 actually) I was a member and eventually chairman of AXiS the old ICL VME user group. This organisation was very popular at the time because it was run by customers for customers and provided a community for the exchange of ideas and dissemination of information between its members. This sort of thing is now mostly done in blogs and forums on the internet but I do wonder if there is still an appetite for people to meet up twice a year maybe and tell each other what they have achieved with their Centera or ESC projects, and to be briefed by EMC and the other specialist vendors in the CAS space on what’s new.
My own company, Reciprocal, is a specialised vendor providing services to Centera clients – so I have to declare a vested interest. However if a client amongst you is prepared to Chair a group, we would be delighted to organise it and maybe get EMC to sponsor it.
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