Time to write Chapter 2

Mike Preston got to hear from Rubrik twice at Field Day events, including a very early appearance at Virtualization Day back in 2015. Now he’s going to get a much closer look after accepting a role with the company in their Technical Marketing team. We’re excited to see what’s in store for Mike in this self-proclaimed Chapter 2. Best of luck!

Droplet Computing: Living La Vida Legacy

Many organizations can’t shed mission critical legacy apps that require obsolete OS’s and hardware. Rich Stroffolino outlines how Droplet Computing’s application containerization could make that problem a thing of the past. Their company launch at Cloud Field Day definitely left an impression.

Droplet Computing delivers universal app virtualization

Chris Evans shares his thoughts on Droplet Computing, who debuted their browser-based application containers at the event. Chris sees this as a way to free applications from any OS or architecture dependency. If Droplet can make the delivery seamless, he sees a bright future ahead for the company.

Droplet Computing makes a big splash at Cloud Field Day 3

Droplet Computing seems to have made a splash with their launch at Cloud Field Day (yes that pun hurts). Tim Crawford wrote up his thought on their application containerization solution. It’s not a silver bullet to modernize your data center, but it could help you more securely and efficiently use those older apps you can’t live without.

HCI Isn’t the Only Simplified Management

In this piece, Alastair Cooke looks at why Hyperconverged Infrastructure doesn’t deliver the comprehensive simplified management it often is associated with. He then looks at how since HCI first hit the market, simplification is now offered for a variety of modern products that may better service IT operations.

Oracle works toward capturing enterprise Cloud IaaS demand

Tim Crawford heard from Oracle Cloud Instrastructure and go a review of the IaaS portfolio. He sees this as delivering true value for current Oracle customers looking to move to the cloud. Tim’s interested to see how Oracle catches up to more mature cloud offerings, and how they plan to expand beyond database as a service and HPC applications.

Veritas: The Untold Story of A Cloud Company

Martez Reed heard from Veritas at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. In doing his research before and after the presentation, he actually found a more convincing cloud story than he saw in their presentation. In this post, he outlines why Vertias has an untold, but compelling, cloud story.

Is Oracle Cloud an alternative to AWS?

In this CTO Dose, Keith Townsend takes a look at if Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is a viable alternative to AWS. He got to learn about the platform at both Ravello Blogger Day and Cloud Field Day earlier this month. He breaks down how Oracle compares as an IaaS offering to the other public cloud providers.

Delphix smartly reduces the friction to access data

Data may be the new oil, but like any raw material, it needs to eventually be refined. Tim Crawford takes a look at how Delphix handles this problem. He saw them at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. Their cloud-based data management platform uses automation of data management to reduce the overall data friction to access it.

Cloud Field Day 3 | Morpheus Data

Jeff Wilson came to Cloud Field Day last month, his first Field Day event since 2015. In this piece, he shares his thoughts on Morpheus Data. Overall he came away impressed, especially with their focus on operations. They offer what Jeff calls “well-articulated & rational glue” to take the pain out or managing a stack of heterogenous infrastructure whether it’s on-premises, in one cloud, or several clouds.

Droplet Computing Makes The Browser The Computer

Justin Warren takes a look at Droplet Computing’s use of WebAssembly to run legacy apps in a browser. It evokes the concept originally behind Java: write once, run anywhere. By decoupling applications from the hardware and OS traditionally needed to run them, organizations can continue to run business critical custom-built applications. While Justin admits there are security concerns with running older applications, having them running in an actively patched browser seems like a better trade-off than an unpatched obsolete OS.

Morpheus Data brings the glue to multi-cloud management

Tim Crawford got to hear from Morpheus Data at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. He thinks they offer an interesting abstraction layer for cloud services that enables unified management and visibility without losing features. This is a great start, but Tim is interested if going forward the company will target a wide range of supported services, or instead focus on a subset with rich features.

NetApp’s & Next Generation Storage Technologies

In this piece, Chan Ekanayake takes a look at what he saw from NetApp at Storage Field Day back in March. He begins by reviewing the place of NVMe in the enterprise market, then expanding into how NetApp plans to incorporate NVMe and storage class memory into their storage offerings. This would provide an extremely fast and low latency storage environment perfect for demanding workloads like AI.

The Three Facets of Backup

At Cloud Field Day last month, Chris Evans got to see three companies showing different facets of how to deliver backup. Veritas, Rubrik, and Druva all have different visions of how organizations should handle data management and protection. Chris takes a look at how some are transforming to handle new workloads, while others are expanding to add new functionality, scale, and scope.

Mellanox, Ixia and Cumulus: Part 3

At Networking Field Day, Mellanox presented with their partners Ixia and Cumulus Networks. John Herbert has been giving each company a look in a series of posts, with this final iteration looking at Cumulus. Based on Debian Linux, the company’s Cumulus Linux distribution offers some enticing features for a network operating system. It includes a broad range of hardware support from multiple vendors, and allows both network and linux admins to use the CLI they are most comfortable with for configuration. In the end, John concludes that it’s a “pretty sweet product.”

Droplet Computing Unveils at Cloud Field Day at Rubrik’s Head Office in California

Droplet Computing came out of stealth at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. In this post, CTO Peter von Oven describes how this launch was a culmination of years of work on their Droplet Universal Container. This enables running apps in a browser, decoupling it from traditional dependencies like OS or system architecture. Make sure to check out their presentation videos for more details.

Disclosure: Cloud Field Day 3

It’s always great to have Justin Warren as a delegate for a Field Day event. From his recent appearance at Cloud Field Day earlier this month, Justin discloses what was provided along the way. If you want to see the content that he saw at the event, make sure to watch our full video coverage!

Moving SAP and other legacy apps to the cloud

Keith Townsend outlines two solutions he saw that enable organizations to abstract the time-consuming challenges involved with provisioning ephemeral workloads. At Cloud Field Day this month, he saw Delphix present on how their solution allows organizations to automate the process of masking sensitive data through their abstraction solution. At Tech Field Day last year, Keith also saw Actifio present on a similar solution, but aimed at abstracting legacy workloads.

Traditional is the New Legacy

After hearing from Droplet Computing at Cloud Field Day, Rich Stroffolino asks the question: Are traditional apps the new legacy? He sees the term legacy falling out of usage for being too deterministic, and sees traditional gaining traction because it’s more descriptive.

Disneyland, Industry Changes, and Cloud Field Day

Brad Parks from Morpheus Data shares videos and reactions from the company’s first Cloud Field Day presentation.