Join The WHIR This Thursday in Vancouver, B.C.

The WHIR team is on the road again, heading to the West Coast for a networking event in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2017. The free event is held from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Uber Lounge at Steamworks Brewing Co. RSVP for free now.

Thanks to our sponsors, including platinum sponsor Lenovo, new sponsor Datera, and MERGE! Show, we are able to offer complimentary drinks and appetizers to our attendees. Our sponsors are also giving away prizes. Make sure you bring a business card to be qualified to enter the draw. You could win:

  • Lenovo is giving away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro
  • Datera is giving away an Apple Watch Series 2

Feel free to invite your local colleagues as well. The more is certainly merrier when it comes to the WHIR networking events!


After Vancouver, there are still three WHIR networking events left in 2017. You can view the full schedule here. 

Want more information about sponsorship? Get in touch today.

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WHIR Networking Hits Washington, D.C. During Microsoft Inspire 2017

The WHIR returned to the nation’s capital this week for a WHIR Networking Event during the Microsoft Inspire conference, which drew 15,000 attendees from around the world. It was great to see many of our international readers and supporters from over the years in the wonderful city of Washington, D.C.!

As typical for July in the city, the heat was intense, but thanks to our sponsors, our attendees were kept cool with complimentary refreshments.

Thanks to our sponsors for the support, and for providing some lucky attendees with prizes:


  • Lenovo gave away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro to Janine Goodman of Avenue 4
  • H5 Data Centers gave away a $250 Apple gift card to Karl Stallknecht of Slable
  • Infomart Data Centers gave away a Google Home to Keneshe Barns of Tech Data
  • Sabey Data Centers gave away a Nike+ Apple Watch to Shannon Farmerie
  • Radware gave away a $100 AMEX gift card to Sabarinthan Sampath of Racknap
  • Tech Data gave away an Amazon Echo Dot to Susan Emanuel
  • Plesk gave away a JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker to John Masin of SitScope
  • CSC Leasinggave away a UE Boom Portable Bluetooth Speaker to Munesh Jadoun of Racknap

Two weeks from today (July 27) we will be in Toronto, Ontario for a networking event at the Pravda Vodka Bar from 6 – 9 p.m. RSVP today for free and let your colleagues in the area know!

After that we take a bit of a break for August, but we will see those of you in the Denver area on September 28 for another networking event! Keep posted on all of our events here.

If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming event, please get in touch.

WHIR Chicago Networking Event Recap

The WHIR was in Chicago last week for our networking event at the Rockit Bar & Grill, a very cool and spacious venue, providing the perfect atmosphere for all of our guests that made it out!

Thanks to our sponsors for providing complimentary food and drink as well as several fantastic prizes that they gave away to some lucky winners:

  • Lenovo gave away a Yoga Tab 3 Pro to Brian J. Greenberg of Akrete Communications
  • 1547 Datacenters gave away noise canceling headphones to Rene Pena of cPanel
  • H5 Data Centers gave away an Apple gift card to Corey Northcutt of Northcutt
  • Netrality Properties gave away a $100 AMEX gift card to Craig Ball of The Ball Group
  • Radware gave away a $100 AMEX gift card to Meisha Robinson of Kelzer Care Center

Thanks to all attendees and the sponsors who make our events possible. If you are in Washington, D.C. on July 11 be sure to RSVP to our upcoming networking event, running in conjunction with the Microsoft Inspire 2017 conference.


With New ThinkSystem & ThinkAgile, Lenovo Expands Data Center Portfolio

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Today in New York City during the company’s Transform event, Lenovo announced what it is calling its largest ever end-to-end data center solution with the addition of the ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile data center solutions to its company portfolio.

“Today’s announcements mark a significant day in the next phase of Lenovo’s commitment to advancing the data center customer experience,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group. “Our leadership in x86 server customer satisfaction and x86 server reliability, along with these new ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile brands, and Lenovo’s new portfolio of data center solutions represent the most reliable, most agile, and highest performing data center solutions in the industry. We are confident we can empower our customers to solve their most challenging business problems and become digital disrupters in their own industries.”


The ThinkSystem equipment is one brand across the entire data center’s hardware consisting of servers, storage, and networking systems while the ThinkAgile is a new approach that uses software-defined solutions to address the changing needs of IT and reducing complexity and costs.

ThinkSystem Family of Products

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These new Lenovo data center solutions focus on three key areas:

Simplicity

Often, customers find the price for technological advancement and advanced IT capabilities is complexity and confusion. The new ThinkSystem portfolio of servers, storage and networking solutions allows customers to address these concerns by giving them the ability to streamline IT infrastructure; this leads to increased service levels of data center operations that tie directly to business growth. At the same time, we believe customers shouldn’t have to choose between certain technologies for fear of vendor lock-in or the inability to scale technology as workloads change. We engineered the ThinkSystem portfolio to work seamlessly with an organization’s previous investments, without the need to completely re-architect the data center. Customers can start fresh, without starting over. ThinkSystem combines the best of the Systemx from IBM heritage with the Lenovo ThinkServer franchise into a single solution built on a history of more than 150 worldwide record x86 server benchmarks: number one in customer satisfaction and number one in reliability.

Agility and Flexibility

In today’s competitive environment, customers must quickly use datadriven, actionable insights to refine applications and the customer experience will be paramount to today’s businesses as they strive to uncover new competitive advantages in an increasingly crowded market. With the Lenovo ThinkAgile portfolio, integrated solutions adapt to these changing IT and business needs by delivering the speed, simplified management and agility of cloud services while retaining the much-valued control and governance of on-premises IT. Its preintegrated, pre-built and pre-tested offerings deliver robust new capabilities to customers’ data center, including automated lifecycle management, decreased TCO and reduced need for IT resources to maintain the platform. These solutions include the ThinkAgile SX series for Microsoft Azure Stack, as well as the ThinkAgile SX rack level solutions that integrate networking with hyperconverged offerings for a seamless customer experience. And because Lenovo is not encumbered by legacy network and storage solutions, customers have the confidence that they can move full-speed ahead on software-defined, while seamlessly integrating with their legacy investments.

Future-Proofed Preparation

With the pace of technology innovation continuing to accelerate, customers will increasingly require the flexibility to adjust to changes and ensure the infrastructure they implement today stays relevant for their future needs. We designed the ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile solutions, such as the ThinkSystem SD530 high-performance computing offering to support workloads spanning large data analytics applications to high performance computing, artificial intelligence and the largest hyperscale environments.

These new systems will be available this summer.

Note: The author ​was provided transportation and accommodations by Lenovo to attend Transform in New York City for these announcements.

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