David’s Europe Trip – Lenovo Data Center Study Tour

Our Managing Director David has had the opportunity to discover Europe early October 2019 as part of the Lenovo Data Center Study Tour. This trip covered activities across Germany, Denmark and Spain before making his way back home to Perth.

After the long journey from Perth to arriving in Frankfurt Germany, a car was ready and waiting to transport David into Stuttgart. After having the chance to check in mid-morning, it was a lazy day exploring the local Stuttgart area before meeting up for welcome drinks in the evening with other guests.

Day 1: Stuttgart, Germany

The first official day of the trip was spent in Lenovo’s Executive Briefing Center (EBC). After the executive welcome, attendees learnt about Lenovo’s overall data center solutions and how these solutions can meet your data center needs. This was followed by discussions around the evolution of technology and engines for the transformation including AI, Internet of Things and cloud technology. Guests were also treated through a walk-through of the EBC showroom and a visit of the strategic Lenovo EMEA Datacenter, home to the High Performance Computing Cluster LENOX. The day finished with a traditional German dinner in the heart of Stuttgart.

Day 2: Stuttgart, Germany

The morning began back at the Lenovo EBC, with the content of today focusing on hyperconverged infrastructure and open source solutions for Mission Critical Services. This was followed by ways to optimize your infrastructure investments and improve application performance.

The afternoon was all about the Mercedes! The group had a chance to take a tour through the nine-level Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, showcasing the evolution of their brand from the first car invented to their modern-day racecars. Guests were also treated to an exclusive driving experience where they were able to be behind the seat touring around.

After an exciting afternoon, the group headed to the airport for an evening flight into Copenhagen.

Day 3: Copenhagen, Denmark

Guests were awake bright and early ready for check-in at the Nutanix .Next Conference. The event consisted of keynotes and talks, hands-on learning with experts and a first hand look at the latest Nutanix products. The topics of the conference were: datacenter modernization, multi-cloud and automation, applications and workloads and lastly, emerging technologies.

Day 4: Copenhagen, Denmark

Today was a tour day, where guests were able to embark on a journey around the beautiful city of Copenhagen. During the private guided tour, many famous sights were on the agenda including the Little Mermaid, the Amalienborg Castle and a sailing cruise through the city’s canal waterways. A stop at the Torvehallerne food market was also on the itinerary to sample a few local beers. The group then made their way to the airport in the evening to catch a flight into Barcelona.

Day 5: Barcelona, Spain

The morning consisted of a visit to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center which is named the winner of the Most Beautiful Data Center in the World. Nestled in a 19th century church, the MareNostrum is one of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet.

After a coach transfer into the heart of Barcelona, the guests were treated to an afternoon of exploring the city sights. The stops on the itinerary includes the famous Park Güel, a stroll through La Rambla, some tapas at the Sagrada Familia and a visit to the Barcelona FC. After an exciting day exploring, guests were escorted to the airport to begin their journeys back home.

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