Itook the redeye from Oakland to JFK (still have yet to have a bad experience flying JetBlue—I'm definitely a fan) with my colleagues John and Nathan. Setting up for a show like this is always a blur of many details. The SIA Technology Management Conference is a bit of a bizarre bazaar. I've never seen so many booths packed so tightly into such a confined space (not even at Super Computing 2006, which was pretty tight). I have no idea what this place will look like when 7,000 attendees show up.
Normally, I don't get too hyped up about shows that I'm attending as a vendor. However, I'm unusually excited about this show. As our press release said this morning, we've got some big announcements this week. First of all, we're very pleased to formalize our relationship with HP. Packaging our software with the leading server manufacturer's hardware makes it as easy as possible for customers to get the power of .NET grid computing on a cluster—and ease of use has always been
We're also glad to further our relationship with Microsoft. We've always viewed them as our most important partner (in fact, we've been a gold certified ISV partner since before our product was released); having them present us in their booth here at SIA represents a new level of cooperation. The Financial Services team at Microsoft has been terrifically supportive—and very excited about what the Digipede Network gives them. They see it like we've always seen it: it's the best way for .NET developers to take advantage of Cluster Compute Server.
So if you're at the SIA Tech Management Conference in the next couple of days, stop by our booth (#4506 upstairs), the Microsoft booth, or the HP booth. I'd love to see you.