NetApp Cloud Volumes 101

Bhavin Shah takes a look at NetApp Cloud Volumes, after their recent announcement that it is now available on Google Cloud. Cloud Volumes provides cloud-native enterprise-class file services to users, all based around a familiar usage-billing model. He walks through how to get started using Cloud Volumes, and previews where NetApp is expanding it after watching their Cloud Field Day presentation.


Head in the Clouds: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Jon Hildebrand takes a look at what Oracle presented at Cloud Field Day last month. They specifically focused on their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. He appreciate what Oracle is trying to do with their infrastructure SLAs, which can represent significant risk reduction for more timid organizations. Overall he found their messaging and solutions should keep them relevant in the overall cloud infrastructure conversation.


Running Native Applications in a Browser with Droplet Computing

Nick Janetakis saw the launch of Droplet Computing last month at Cloud Field Day. He found the company’s mission to run native applications online or offline in a browser on any device to be genuinely cool technology. Using their Universal Container Runtime, they can run applications without worrying about the underlying OS or architecture. Most importantly, this isn’t just a concept. While still early days, Droplet disclosed that their tech is being used by companies in production. Nick was definitely intrigued by what he saw.


Episode 54: Get up, eat omelet, throw chair

On this episode of the Buffer Overflow podcast, Ned Bellavance talks about what he saw from Droplet Computing with their company debut at Cloud Field Day. They utilize browser-based containerization using Web Assembly to run applications independent of OS or architecture.


My Life as a Tech Impostor

Being invited to Cloud Field Day caused Ned Bellavance to think about Imposter Syndrome. He’s found that in technology, not knowing every thing doesn’t make you an imposter, because everyone is in the same boat. Instead of worrying about being an imposter, he leaves the piece with some great advice: Know what you know. Learn what you can. Be generous those willing to learn. Learn from those willing to share.


Veritas 360 – CloudPoint

Following a presentation by Veritas at Cloud Field Day, Ned Bellavance wanted to try out CloudPoint, their cloud-native backup solution. In this post, he documents how to get through setup and install of CloudPoint. After a few hiccups, he walks through backing up and recovering VMs on Azure. Ned sees a lot of interesting ideas in CloudPoint, and hopes that Veritas will continue to invest in it to get it production ready.


Innovate or Die? Three Ways to Cloud Enablement

At Cloud Field Day last month, Ned Bellavance got to thinking about how companies approach cloud enablement. After seeing a variety of approaches, he highlights three ways for companies to succeed at this difficult task.


ThinkPiece: Cloud Field Day: Can an old dog, learn new tricks?

At Cloud Field Day Michelle Laverick saw some encouraging sign from established companies adapting to the reality of the cloud. NetApp, Oracle, and Veritas all showed that despite being incumbent companies, they have identified how to be competitive against newer cloud-focused startups. This often involved spinning up entirely new teams that can operate with agility. Not every company was convincing in their cloud play, but Michelle was definitely impressed to see older companies making moves to stay competitive with the cloud giants.


Pure Storage – You’ve Come A Long Way

With Pure Accelerate coming up next week, Dan Frith takes a look back at how Pure Storage has evolved, but stayed true to their core focus since debuting their first products in 2011. He’s looking forward to seeing what they have in store for this year’s event.


VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network Fulfills the SDN Promise

At Networking Field Day Exclusive with VMware, Jordan Martin saw how the company’s Virtual Cloud Network integrates different domains into a coherent orchestration and policy engine. For him, it delivers on the initial promises made by software-defined networking.


Step by Step – Install Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Karel Novak wrote up a step-by-step guide on how to get up and running with Veeam’s Availability Orchestrator. The original post is in Czech, but there’s an English translation available here: https://goo.gl/TQpjtP


VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network: Riding the Wave of Digital Transformation

Eyvonne Sharp takes a look at Virtual Cloud Network, which she saw at length during Networking Field Day Exclusive with VMware last week. For her, this represents the first glimpse into how the company will integrate their VeloCloud acquisition into their already robust software stack.


PowerMax, VMAX, XtremIO – the Agony of Choice

Chris Evans looks at Dell EMC’s newly announced PowerMax, an all-NVMe storage array. When fully configured, PowerMax can hit up to 10 million IOPS at under 300 microseconds of latency, while still being able to access the mature data service of their VMAX line. Chris raises a similar to point to Dell EMC’s XtremeIO presentation at Storage Field Day last year, that with many families of storage arrays, Dell EMC needs to be very clear which line is best for prospective customers.


Cloudy Explorations at Cloud Field Day 3

Rubrik’s Andrew Miller shares his experience after the company presented at Cloud Field Day. He shares the videos of the presentation, as well as some of the Twitter reactions from the presentation shared by the delegates. Overall Rubrik did a great job showing what they can do for enterprise backup, and just as importantly demonstrated value for organizations.


Storage Field Day 15: Cohesity the solution for secondary data

Lino Telera was at Storage Field Day earlier this year, and got a look at Cohesity’s secondary storage solution. He looks at how their hybrid filesystem, SpanFS, is designed to provide visibility via a global file index of backed up virtual machines.


Cloud Field Day 3

Droplet Computing came out of stealth at Cloud Field Day last month, introducing their unique browser-based application container technology. Jane Rimmer worked with Droplet to coordinate the launch and found that “anyone wanting to work with a highly professional team, with a unique event concept, you MUST consider participating in a Tech Field Day to raise awareness for your company!”


Western Digital at SFD15: ActiveScale object storage

Western Digital and Ray Lucchesi are both names synonymous with storage. We had them both attending Storage Field Day earlier this year. Ray was particularly interested in the companies ActiveScale object storage, a result of the company’s Amplidata acquisition in 2015. Ray runs through how ActiveScale could be well suited for data analytics.


Field Area Networking

Cisco’s Networking Field Day presentation on Field Area Networking definitely left an impression with delegate Nick Buraglio. He’s put together a Network Collective Short Take video on the subject, as well as writing up a blog post. He excited because what he saw would provide an alternative to LTE for low power remote IoT devices.


Short Take – Cisco Field Area Networking

At Networking Field Day earlier this year, Cisco presented on field area networking. Nick Buraglio was a delegate at the event, and shares his thoughts on what he saw in this Network Collective Short Take.


NetApp: Highly Performant Storage for Cloud Native Apps

Martez Reed takes a look at NetApp’s Cloud Volumes, which the company covered in their Cloud Field Day presentation last month. Based on their well known ONTAP portfolio, Cloud Volumes presents a fully managed CIFS/NFS storage solution from within the public cloud.