Tech Field Day 2017: An Enthusiastic Retrospective

When Nikki Schnupp joined the Tech Field Day team, she was greeted with two events back to back within a week of starting. Much like a delegate at the event, she drank from the IT firehose, learning about the personalities and technology as presented. It was a singular experience. Make sure to check out her entire look back in this piece.


Data Mobility – Caching Technologies

As part of his series looking at data mobility for the hybrid cloud, Chris Evans digs into the four main options for hybrid cloud caching. He reviews NAS, VM, database, and storage gateway caching, looking at the challenges involved for each.


Highlights from HPEDiscover 2017 Madrid

Lino Telera was at HPE Discover 2017 and share some of his thoughts. He saw their latest solutions around IoT, edge computing, and storage (from their recent Nimble Storage acquisition).


2017 – A Personal Reflection

It’s been a busy year for Matt Crape. He presented at the Veeam Online User Group, got his VCP7-DTM certification, and was a guest on some podcasts. In this post, he lays out some goals to make 2018 a similar success. We enjoyed having Matt attend three Field Day events in 2017!


Cloud Field Day2: Hacking the Cloud with HPE Nimble Cloud Volumes

Lino Telera got a look at what HPE is doing post-acquisition with Nimble Storage at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. From this, Lino looks at HPE Nimble Cloud Volumes, which provides the ability to “share” storage resources across cloud providers. He saw this as an important piece for any organization looking to embrace a hybrid cloud deployment.


Pluribus Networks Is the Definition of “Software Defined”

Tom Hollingsworth looks at how the value of software-defined networking can drive your network forward with Pluribus Networks. For Tom, SDN is about making the hardware less important than what running on top of it. Pluribus showed how their SDN platform can still provide differentiation on newer hardware.


Highlights from My First VMworld

Make sure to checkout Becky Elliott’s post detailing her highlights from her first VMworld. The event can be an overwhelming experience even for seasoned vets, but Becky came through the experience excited to do homework based on the sessions attended and, most importantly, a Tech Field Day delegate!


Tech Field Day Extra – Kingston Technologies

Matt Crape shares his thoughts from Kingston’s presentation at Tech Field Day Extra from this year’s VMworld US. The company focused on its NVMe storage offerings, specifically their new DCP1000 and DCU1000, which offer up to 4TB of NVMe in either a PCIe or U.2 format. Both supply a lot of IOPS, and Kingston provisions them with 28% extra capacity to provide wear durability. Matt sees them being really valuable in video rendering and other large processing applications.


Kingston’s NVMe Line-up Is The Life Of The Party

At Kingston’s Tech Field Day Extra presentation from VMworld, they showed off what the company is doing with NVMe. They reminded the delegates that NVMe isn’t a new type of media, but rather a protocol, one with radical simpler calls than something like SATA. Dan Frith was impressed by the speeds and various form factors the versatile protocol inhabits.


Druva Is Useful, And Modern

Druva recently previewed their Druva Cloud Platform at a Tech Field Day Extra presentation from VMworld. Dan Frith thinks it’s an interesting combination of their Phoenix and inSync products into a single platform. The platform’s strength lies in its predictable cost model to customer and source side global deduplication.


Netapp‘s SolidFire HCI Overview

Roger Lund reviews NetApp’s presentation from Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld. At the event, they went into a deep dive of their new hyperconverged infrastructure solution, which gives organizations simple provisioning while allowing them to scale compute and storage independently.


NVMe to enable truly composable infrastructure?

After seeing Kingston’s Tech Field Day Extra presentation from VMworld, Keith Townsend reconsiders composable infrastructure. Kingston presented that the reduced protocols required by NVMe vs SATA makes for a much more efficient model of this emerging computing infrastructure.


The Thing About NetApp HCI Is …

NetApp went into details on their new hyperconverged infrastructure offering during their Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld. Dan Frith gives his thought on their entrant into this crowded market. He doesn’t bother with the semantics of whether this is “true” HCI. Instead he notes that NetApp impressively builds on their SolidFire storage solution to build an offering that offers the ability to scale compute and storage independently with easy provisioning expected from HCI.