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.


Mellanox, Ixia and Cumulus: Part 2

John Herbert continues his look at Mellanox’s presentation from Networking Field Day. In this post, he focuses on what he saw from the company’s partner, Ixia. He looks at their IxNetwork, which provides end-to-end network validation. John outlines the novel way IxNetwork does this, and why it could be particularly valuable to service providers.


The Cloud Field Day Experience as a First Time Delegate

Being a first time delegate at a Field Day event is a rather unique experience. The full firehose of information received for our presenting companies can be overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. With a little time for reflection, Nick Janetakis put together a post sharing his experience at Cloud Field Day last week. The event definitely took him out of his comfort zone, but in the best way possible. It’s a really thoughtful reflection on the event. If you’ve ever wondered what the Tech Field Day delegate experience is like, Nick does a great job of capturing it.


A look at Cisco Tetration

Jasper Bongert takes a look at Cisco’s Tetration, which he got details about at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe. Jasper finds it similar in intent to looking at Netflow data, getting network telemetry without keeping full packet captures. But he highlights how Tetration is designed to do this for modern network architectures.


Rubrik – A metadata company in backup company’s clothing

In this piece, Keith Townsend outlines his experience that data protection is often a way for a vendor to get a foothold within a company’s IT strategy. After seeing Rubrik at Cloud Field Day last week, Keith sees them as getting ready to move beyond being a data protection company, with their Polaris platform signaling a move to becoming a metadata company.


Mellanox, Ixia and Cumulus: Part 1

John Herbert enjoyed hearing from Mellanox at Networking Field Day earlier this year. They were one of the “behind the scenes” companies that are pervasive, but often unnoticed. They made a case for their Spectrum / Spectrum 2 ASICs for white box vendors, noting considerable performance benefits over competitors.


Extreme Networks SLX Platform – Extremely Easy Analytics

Tom Hollingsworth heard from Extreme Networks at Networking Field Day earlier this year. This piece takes a look at their SLX Platform, which simplifies the process of getting analytic data out of switches.


Cloud Field Day Interview: Nick Janetakis

In this CTO Dose, Keith Townsend interviews first time delegate Nick Janetakis about his experience at Cloud Field Day. The company that really stood out to Nick was Droplet Computing, which came out of stealth at the event. As a developer and educator, he found their methodology of running containerized apps in a browser intriguing.


Cloud Field Day 3; Day 3 – That One Thing….

Chris Porter finishes up his rundown of each day of last week’s Cloud Field Day in this post. That Friday saw two companies present, Druva and Veritas. Chris was intrigued by the possibilities Druva’s cloud-native data management as a service provided, particularly with running VMware workloads on VMC, effectively keeping all your infrastructure inside of AWS. Veritas’ CloudPoint stood out to Chris because of its unique support for native snapshots on EC2, Azure, and GCP instances.


Cloud Field Day 3; Day 2 – That One Thing….

Day two of Cloud Field Day was the busiest of the event. Delegates were treated to see Droplet Computing come out of stealth, followed by presentations from Rubrik, Riverbed, and NetApp. In this post, Chris Porter runs down what he saw from each, and what stood out in each presentation.


Cloud Field Day 3; Day 1 – That One Thing…

With Cloud Field Day over delegate Chris Porter takes a look back at day one of the event. This saw presentations from Morpheus Data, Delphix, and Oracle. Morpheus shows how they create an abstration layer for cloud services while still retaining unique features to particular services. Delphix showed how they can speed up the cycle of getting database backups to test/dev systems. Finally, Oracle gave a deep dive into their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.


Convergence Without Compromise

Josh De Jong takes a look at an interesting approach to hyperconverged infrastructure from Datrium with DVX. Their approach separates compute nodes from storage. Each compute node has a SSD used for cachining, which results in increased performance when adding nodes. Josh looks of Datrium is now developing how to move their HCI stack to the cloud.


Live blogging Cloud Field Day 3 at NetApp!

NetApp’s Justin Parisi was able to be at their Cloud Field Day presentation this week, and shared his live blog from the event. It’s a really interesting perspective on the presentation, which focused on NetApp’s Cloud story, including ONTAP Cloud and Cloud Volumes. Fire up the Cloud Field Day video, and scroll along with the blog to get the “real time” experience.


The case for Cloud Access Security Brokers in small business

Sonia Cuff takes a look at the Cloud Access Security Broker offered by Forcepoint, which she heard of at Tech Field Day earlier this year. This serves as a buffer between users and SaaS applications, allowing IT teams to exert some control and enforce security policies.


SolarWinds, Not Just On-premises, There Is SaaS Too

Alastair Cooke looks at how SolarWinds is offering an increasingly compelling SaaS monitoring portfolio, which he saw at two past Tech Field Day presentations. In this post, he runs down their Pingdom, Loggly, Papertrail, and AppOptics offerings.


Little’s Law: For Estimation Only

Dr. Rachel Traylor heard Datrium reference Little’s Law during their presentation at Storage Field Day last month. Little’s Law provides a way to smooth out some of the random variables in queuing theory into something more deterministic. As Dr. Traylor explains, this makes it idea for quick estimations, but it’s not a silver bullet for such a complex field of mathematics.


Droplet Computing Unveils at Cloud Field Day

It’s always a thrill to see a company come out of stealth at a Field Day event. At Cloud Field Day this week, Droplet Computing made their public debut. They demonstrated a new approach to delivering legacy production applications, using their Universal Container technology to run apps in a browser without traditional OS or hardware dependencies.


Droplet Computing at Cloud Field Day 3

Jane Rimmer is happy to see Droplet Computing come out of stealth at Cloud Field Day this week. The company uses a unique container solution that allows for legacy and production applications to be run directly in a web browser. This isn’t just app layering or a different take on virtualization. Make sure to check out the full video of their presentation for the details.


Some Things I Learned About VeloCloud SD-WAN

Greg Farrow was surprised by what he learned about SD-WAN from VeloCloud’s presentation at Networking Field Day. The surprises included features that look an awful lot like intent-based networking, as well as PCI DSS compliant. It clearly was an eye opening presentation.