Tech Field Day 2017: An Enthusiastic Retrospective

When Nikki Schnupp joined the Tech Field Day team, she was greeted with two events back to back within a week of starting. Much like a delegate at the event, she drank from the IT firehose, learning about the personalities and technology as presented. It was a singular experience. Make sure to check out her entire look back in this piece.


Converged Infrastructure died a long time ago, right?

Should converged infrastructure have died a long time ago? Keith Townsend discusses on this CTO Advisor video, in light of the release of the Dell EMC VxBlock 1000. He argues that while CI might not be the hot new trend in IT, lots of customers still want and need it, especially in cases where applications aren’t certified to run on HCI. Keith is excited to hear more from Dell EMC on this at Tech Field Day next week.


Juniper Woos The Enterprise With New Products

In this post, Drew Conry-Murray details the new offerings from Juniper Networks around multicloud networking. This comes from Drew’s most recent experience as a delegate at Networking Field Day last month.


Looking Through the (Cloud)Lense with Ixia

Paul Woodward got a look at Ixia at Tech Field Day last September. They presented on their CloudLense visibility solution, which solves some of the limitations of monitoring data in hybrid or public cloud workloads. CloudLense does this by using containers or agents to collect, categorize, and surface the most relevant packet and infrastructure information. Paul really likes that it can also be used to gain visibility into containers as well.


Always serendipitous Storage Field Days

We’re thrilled to have Chin-Fah Heoh returning for his fourth Storage Field Day event this March. In this post, he writes about how coming to the events has led to many serendipitous encounters and experiences have occurred as a result of attending, like getting a look at disruptive high performance multicloud technology from Elastifile. With a combination of new and veteran companies at this coming Storage Field Day, we can’t wait to see what his next bit of serendipity will be!


Gigamon (and Splunk and Phantom) at NFD16

In this piece, Terry Slattery shares his thoughts on what he saw from Gigamon at Networking Field Day this past November. The company presented with partners Splunk and Phantom, and showcased how their traditional packet broker and visibility products can be used for overall network security. Terry thought their central premise of the impossibility of total intrusion prevention was reasonable. Instead the company’s Defender Lifecycle Model showcases how the company is working with partners to use big data and machine learning to make the most of the packet information collected.


The Winds of Change From January

Tom Hollingsworth had a whirlwind last two weeks of January, leading both Networking Field Day in Silicon Valley and Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe from Barcelona. In this post, he begins to organize his thoughts on the two events, including the state of Cisco turning away from hardware, the death of the CLI in 2018, as well as the continuing importance of containers and automation.


Strategy Series: How do you view outside of your network?

In this piece, Nick Buraglio looks at the struggles many network administrators have in getting visibility outside of the network they directly control. This is vital for being able to answer the dreaded “the internet is slow” question, and understand the user experience. He shares a recent presentation from ThousandEyes from Networking Field Day last month, which showed their approach to the visibility challenge.


Bringing DevOps To Routing – Cisco XR

Larry Smith got his first deep dive into Cisco XR at Networking Field Day last month. This is Cisco’s Linux-based OS that adds application and configuration management to their platforms. This piece looks at how native and Docker application hosting works on XR, as well as how it supports ZTP and iPXE.


How to fit an Elephant into a small car to transport it over the Networkautobahn

Load balancing across multiple WAN uplinks is a fairly common SD-WAN capability. At Networking Field Day last month, Dominik Pickhardt heard from VMware’s VeloCloud about something more challenging. They demonstrated how they can handle so-called “elephant flows”, which is when you have one large session that can’t be easily distributed.


BiB 029: Cisco At NFD17 – Automation, Telemetry & Intent

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss what they heard from Cisco during their Networking Field Day presentation last month. Like much of the networking world, Cisco focused on how they are bringing intent, automation, and telemetry into their ecosystem.


BiB 028: VMware NSX At NFD17 – SD-WAN & Security

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss what they saw from VMware’s NSX team at Networking Field Day last month. They touch on the company’s update on VeloCloud post-acquisition, NSX-T features, and a look at the latest version of vSphere.


BiB 027: Juniper Networks At NFD17 – A Platform Emerges

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss the presentation from Juniper Networks at last month’s Networking Field Day. The company demoed their analytics platform AppFormix, clarified the divergence of Contrail from OpenContrail, and discussed the adoption of the P4 language across a variety of hardware.


BiB 30: Mellanox, Ixia & Cumulus At NFD17 – VXLAN & Whitebox

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss what they saw from Mellanox, Ixia and, Cumulus Networks at Networking Field Day last month. Mellanox reviewed their switch portfolio, which can run a third-party OS like Cumulus Networks’ Cumulus Linux network OS. Ixia showed off IxNetwork, their flagship testing suite.


Rubrik Acquires Datos IO – Backup Wars Looming?

In this piece, Chris Evans shares his thoughts on Rubrik’s recent acquisition of Datos IO. This makes sense as a way for the company to grab an early leader in the NoSQL backup market, and increases their overall backup capability surface area. Overall he sees this down the line of providing another way for Rubrik to transition from backup into an overall data management company.


Networking is Finally Catching Up

Phil Gervasi reflects on why servers have been managed programmatically for years, but not networks. From what he saw at Networking Field Day last month, that’s about to change. Phil cites Extreme Networks as standing out with providing a means for greater agility and efficiency in programming networks.


Swordfish – A Standard by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Alex Galbraith hear from SNIA last year at Storage Field Day, and takes a look at the Swordfish. This defines the standards for APIs used by storage devices to make sure they’re consistent. Alex doesn’t think this will displace more proprietary approaches overnight, but if developed in parallel, may become a widely used standard. Plus, the project is designed to quickly ratify requirements when added by a few vendors, which should keep it relevant going forward.


Better together: Rubrik acquires Datos IO

Ben Kepes breaks down the news the Rubrik is acquiring Datos IO. This helps Rubrik add backup and recovery for NoSQL databases to their already impressive data management portfolio.


What are Storage Class Memory and Persistent Memory?

In this post, Chris Evans breaks down the differences between Persistent Memory and Storage Class Memory. The former puts non-volatile media directly in the DIMM slot, providing storage with extremely low latency, but requiring changes to BIOS and OS to address properly. The latter uses NAND and DRAM in a tiered system to effectively increase the addressable memory to the system. An example being Storage Field Day presenter Diablo Technologies. Of course, thanks to marketing, these terms are often interchangeable, but the article does a good job making the technical distinction clear.


DriveScale Releases Customer-Driven Advancements in Fall Edition of its SCI Platform

James Green inititally heard about DriveScale’s innovation with Software Composable Infrastructure and storage disaggregation at Tech Field Day in 2016. In this post, he reviews their “Fall Edition” update, which adds a new HDFS plugin, QuickCluster, and easier cluster scaling.