Modernizing Traditional Applications with Docker

While DockerCon last year definitely had some focus on the enterprise, Josh Coen was surprised to see the emphasis on it this time around. Microsoft was all over the place at the event, and with good reason. Docker’s focus at the event was their Modernizing Traditional Applications, certainly something applicable to the fine folks in Redmond. Josh reviews the benefits of legacy app containerization, Docker’s high level stages for the process, and offers his thoughts on what he saw. Josh got a full presentation on the details at Tech Field Day Extra, as well as a look into what Portworx is doing with software-defined storage for containers.


Tech Field Day 14 Primer: Datrium

Matt Crape is heading to Boston for Tech Field Day 14 and is doing his homework on Datrium beforehand. He’s interested to learn more about their DVX storage solution. This effectively allows for disaggregation of storage from compute in a VM environment. Reads are done on fast local cache on the server, and writes are put back onto the DVX appliance. This allows for performance to increase at scale, and allows for high availability. Make sure to catch them on our live stream during the vent to learn more!


Ixia: Good Defense Leads to a Good Offense

Pete Welcher wrote up his thoughts on what he saw from Ixia at Networking Field Day last year. The company has a diverse and sprawling product line, so Pete focuses the post specifically on their Network Packet Broker solution. Pete sets up the conversation by considering the benefits and costs of setting up network taps. This nicely sets up what he saw from Ixia’s Visibility tool, which seems to be a nice solution rather than tapping everything. This concentrated approach let’s a network engineer prioritize what they are looking for, rather than capture everything and trying to make sense of the mass of data.


#TFD14 Preview – Turbonomic

Pietro Piutti is anxious to learn more about Turbonomic. He doesn’t have experience with their solution, but is intrigued with their “desired state” concept for VM infrastructure. Best of all, this isn’t locked in to a single hypervisor, it works cross platform. Pietro sees this as a major advantage and can’t wait to learn more at Tech Field Day next week!


#TFD14 Preview – ClearSky Data

Before Pietro Piutti comes to his first Tech Field Day event, he’s writing up some presenting company previews. His first centers around ClearSky Data. The company provides cloud storage, but uses distributed points of presence as another caching layer between on-site storage and the cloud. Their 2U all-flash appliance works for hot data, which is then gradually moved further up the “cloud cache” as it needs to be accessed less and less. It’s an interesting approach and Pietro is definitely interested in learning more.


Tech Field Day 14 Primer: Turbonomic

Matt Crape will see Turbonomic presented at Tech Field Day next week. The company has grown 954% in the last three years, and Matt thinks the company’s solutions are worthy of the rapid growth. They center their monitoring tools around the idea of desired state, keeping machines well balanced between performance and efficiency. After monitoring a VM deployment for a little while, their solution is soon able to give recommendations, or even full intermediation. This allows for more reliable application performance, and better quality assurance for an organization. Can’t wait to see what they’ll present about at Tech Field Day!


Tech Field Day 14 Preview – Datrium

Jon Hildebrand doesn’t pull any punches, saying “I consider storage to be a necessary evil in which there will always be a surly storage administrator to give me the runaround.” But in the effort of being a renaissance IT professional, decided his first Tech Field Day preview post be about a storage company, Datrium. Their DVX Rackscale storage solution intrigued Jon with is disaggregated architecture. Datrium claims that the more hosts that are added to the system, the faster it will run, up to 3,000,000 IOPS. Jon seemed really excited by their Blanket Encryption feature, which seems to mitigate a lot of performance concerns generally found with securing data.


Moving to and between clouds made simple with Elastifile Cloud File System – FastStorage

Moving data to the cloud and moving between clouds are some of the primary challenges facing organizations today. Often cloud provider lock-in is a very real concern. From what Jon Klaus saw from Elastifile, their Elastifile Cloud File System is the secret to make both easier. ECFS is designed for web scale clients and users, and can be extended into the public cloud. Designed with true distribution in mind, the file system should allow you to easy and reliably move data between on-premises and the public clouds.


Tech Field Day 14 Primer: ClearSky Data

Matt Crape is headed for Tech Field Day next week, and he’s writing up previews of the presenting companies. In this post, he looks at ClearSky Data. They offer a tiered storage solution. This leverages an edge appliance on-site with up to 24TB of flash storage, which tiers and caches hot data. This then falls back to the ClearSky Data network of PoPs, which serve to cache “warm” data, with cold data handed off to S3. Matt hopes to learn more about their recently announced data protection solution at their presentation. Make sure to tune in live to watch along with Matt during the event.


Network as a Service provider TeloIP

TELoIP presented at Networking Field Day last month. Keith Townsend heard a lot to think about during the presentation. Although they position themselves as offering a SD-WAN offering, Keith sees them as a Network as a Service, targeted at MSPs, allowing them to drop a high-speed circuit at the last mile. While this wasn’t targeted at Keith’s enterprise focus, he nevertheless found them to be “an intriguing 13-year old company”.


E62 – Aruba Did What?

The No Strings Attached Show takes a look at the experience from Aruba Atmosphere 2017 in Nashville. They talk about some of the live demos they saw, including a live update of a controller during the keynote. Give it a listen and hear more from Blake Krone and Sam Clements!


Docker, Modernizing Traditional Applications

At DockerCon, one of Docker’s major pushing was modernizing traditional applications, MTA. They’re specifically targeting containerizing legacy Windows applications, a lift and shift approach by placing an entire Windows image inside a container. Edward Haletky isn’t entirely won over by the draft specifications as outlined by Docker for this process. He does like that Docker introduced certified containers, which goes a long way to alleviate security concerns, and credential specification within PowerShell. The big challenge he sees is identifying applications going forward.


SD-WAN as a Service: Just Give Me an Ethernet Handoff

Phil Gervasi looks at what he saw from TELoIP at Networking Field Day. The company is offering SD-WAN as a service (SDWaaS?). Phil sees the core business benefit of this approach as ease of use and cost savings. The fundamental idea of a managed WAN isn’t all that new to Phil. He sees TELoIP potentially allowing organizations to cancel more expensive MPLS circuits, and instead utilize cheap broadband prices. Since TELoIP utilizes a variety of public internet providers for their service, they are able to achieve collective reliability, with a wrapped in SLA, for much cheaper price. Phil wants to look into some more of the details of transport before making any final judgement. The underlying idea might not be brand new, but TELoIP has an interesting technical approach to the solution.


Wicked Cool! Tech Field Day 14, Here I Come

We’re heading to Boston for Tech Field Day, coming up in May! Matt Crape will be there for his second event, having joined us for a Tech Field Day last year in November. It was an experience to remember, and we hope this event will prove to be just as memorable!


How Docker’s secure software supply chain is key for moving away from the VMware datacenter

Joep Piscaer attended a Tech Field Day Extra presentation from Docker at DockerCon, and got details on how the company is making it easier for enterprises to containerize legacy apps. Joep specifically focuses on software supply chain cycle facing enterprises. He reviews how Docker is removing friction in the supply chain decision making process, and thinks they are doing a better job than VMware.


TELoIP and the SD-WAN Cook-off

Rich Stroffolino wrote up his thoughts from TELoIP’s presentation at Networking Field Day earlier this month. You may not have heard of the company, but they’ve been around since 2002, and have a lot of interesting, and patented, technology. Rich focuses on the capabilities of their VINO SD-WAN solution, which aggregates all available links to offer the best high utilization, performance, and reliability.


The Future of On-Prem in a Cloud World

Rich Stroffolino shared an interview from ZDNet, considering what the roll of the cloud would be in the data center. Rich found it part of an interesting trend in the enterprise, seeing cloud computing as less of a zero-sum game with on-prem, and more of a spectrum. In the interview, Michael Howard and Monty Widenius both actually predict a move back to on-prem infrastructure, as cost and performance are better presented vs the seeming ease of the cloud. It’s an interesting debate, we’ll see how the winds of change impact the role of the public cloud going forward.


What’s New in Networking: Docker at TFD12

Pete Welcher got a look at Docker’s plans to improve their networking from their presentation at Networking Field Day last November. Pete is still trying to wrap his head around what containers mean for networking. But in this post, he raises some prescient concerns. With the proliferation of containers and micro-services, he sees a world with the network getting even chattier, as container-based app components “pass the buck” to other components to actually get work done. It’s an interesting concern, and it’ll be interesting to see how this is addressed and hopefully resolved.


Open19 Brings a new build paradigm to HyperScale Buildouts

At Storage Field Day, Excelero gave some of their presentation time to Open19, an project from LinkedIn to standardize and speed data center deployment. Using a Lego like approach to speed plugin time, their technical specifications allow for delivery of a rack of components in as little as two hours, down from an estimated eight. While this approach might not fit data centers with a lot of legacy equipment, Matt seems to like it for new build outs. Make sure to check out Matt’s piece and their video from the event for more specifics.


Excelero achieves amazing stats at #SFD12

Matt Leib got to see Excelero’s debut at Storage Field Day last month. It’s a presentation that’s gotten a lot of the delegates excited, and Matt is certainly no exception. Their storage solution allows you to access disks in a storage array via their own RDDA, essentially NVME over Fabric. This makes the overhead for disk access negligible. Using commodity networking, this essentially allows the NVMe drives to effortlessly scale. The company demoed getting millions of Iops with minimal latency on hardware costing less than $15,000. Matt summed the presentation up by calling it “[a]stounding technology”.