How to Build a Datacenter with Skyport Systems

Raff Poltronieri starts off his Tech Field Day coverage with a look at Skyport Systems. They offer an on-site virtualization platform but managed centrally in the cloud via their SkySecure Center Cloud Management Service. This was developed around the idea that the cloud will win, but some on-site servers can’t or won’t make the transition. On-site infrastructure needs to move to be simultaneously less complex and more secure in these instances. Skyports cloud managed on-site solution does this by being architected from the ground up to be a hardened and secure platform.


Actifio, the Swiss Army knife of data

Raff Poltronieri last heard from Actifio last year at Tech Field Day in Boston. Next week he’ll have a chance to get caught up with them in Silicon Valley. Raff found it extremely versatile when he first saw it last year, and this time around, he’s looking forward to a deeper look at their Enterprise Data-as-a-Service platform. He’s also interested in some use case applications, particularly disaster recovery.


A new Tech Field Day is approaching

It’s always exciting to have Raff Poltronieri return for another Tech Field Day event. He’s excited to meet the three new delegates in attendance, and offers some basic words of advice for the event. He and all the other delegates can look forward to drinking directly from the IT fire hose from the presenting companies next week!


Openstack made easy: Platform9

A lot of organizations look to move to OpenStack, but are put off by apparent complexity that will require additional personnel. Raff Poltronieri reviews what he saw from Platform9 at Tech Field Day, a SaaS solution for OpenStack that makes it a much more accessible and affordable solution.


Lions and snakes – a quick review of Turbonomic

Raff Poltronieri gives a preview of Turbonomic, ahead of their presentation at Tech Field Day next month. Raff initially became familiar with the company when tasked by a client to find something that could replace VMware vROPS. After some research, he found their solution offered the best price to quality ratio. Raff sees it as a valuable tool for one-man IT shops that need to automate and autotune their infrastructure.


Zerostack for a cloud managed datacenter

Raff Poltronieri put together a walkthrough of ZeroStack’s current private cloud platform. Overall, he liked that the UI is easy to understand, while still supporting some powerful configuration options. Raff thinks it might be easier to manage than a typical AWS UI. We’ll see what ZeroStack has in store for us at Tech Field Day in Austin, coming up in February.


Solarwinds Virtualization Manager – not to be missed in a cloud

Raff Poltronieri was looking for a way to deal with data coming out of vCenter Realize Operations. He tried out the Virtualization Manager from SolarWinds, and really liked the implementation. Raff liked that automation is baked right in. The other impressive thing about the solution was the ability to manager a variety of VMs within a single interface. The dashboard view allows you to drill down as much as you want without leaving. If you decide to install agents on the VMs, you can also get performance metrics down to the application level, very impressive. Raff is looking forward to seeing them at Tech Field Day in February!


Notes from Tech Field Day 11. Just the beginning.

Notes from Tech Field Day 11. Just the beginning.


Tech Field Day 11

Tech Field Day 11


Raff Poltronieri

I manage the Datacenters of the most important company in Italy mixing Cloud and Connectivity. VCP5-DCV, studying for VCAP, VMware and Zerto enthusiast, Tintri lover, impossible solution’s beta tester. Recently awarded as vExpert 2016. My job is also my hobby.