Coffee Hour – Mobility Field Day 5

Rowell Dionicio and François Vergès over at the Clear to Send podcast recently previewed what to expect at Mobility Field Day. They were particularly interested to see VMware as a presenting company and can’t wait to hear what they’ll be discussing. They also look at some of the delegates attending to the event, note the increased importance of wireless security within the voices around the table, and how the virtual event is changing who can be a delegate.


VMware’s vSphere Unites Containers and Virtual Machines Under One Platform

At Tech Field Day 21, VMware highlighted the addition of Kubernetes support to vSphere 7 via VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4.0, VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center solution for the Hybrid Cloud. This greatly anticipated announcement from VMware lets enterprises unify virtualized and containerized workloads into a single platform that can be centrally managed.


What Is the Future for Storage Admins?

Storage has changed rapidly over the past decade, and the role of the storage admin has changed along with it. Gina Rosenthal considers what the future of the storage admin looks like in this piece, based on what she saw at Storage Field Day. It says a lot about the state of storage that many companies traditionally thought of as storage providers are now presenting at the event. She looks at NetApp’s approach with the Cloud Volumes Service, on-premises scale-out systems from Dell Technologies’ PowerScale solution, Igneous’ data management platform built on a scale-out file system, and Qumulo’s file data platform. Even as storage changes and goes to the cloud, Gina thinks the skills that storage admins have built up are more needed than ever.


CFD8 – Igneous Followup

Nate Avery previously previewed what to expect from Igneous’ Cloud Field Day presentation, looking back at a 2016 Tech Field Day presentation to see how their messaging has changed since coming out of stealth. After hearing the company present at the event, he looks at their DataProtect solution, which enables enterprises to backup on-premises file data to a given cloud service provider. This hits all the major notes a solution like this requires, with a novel indexing scheme, full and incremental backups, tiering, and compression. He found everything they showed to be fast and fluid, but he thinks they are better positioned as a hybrid cloud backup provider, focused on one-way movement of data from on-prem to the cloud.


Cloud Field Day 8 Day 3 Highlights

Lino Telera has done a great job writing up all the presentations he saw during Cloud Field Day. In this post, he focuses on Infrascale and Zerto. Both companies presented on the third day of the busy event. He looks at Infrascale’s novel approach to backup and recovery, which actively monitors backup data against radical modifications like a sudden change of content in order to detect and prevent ransomware. Zerto also impressed Lino, with their continual refinement of their platform, now supporting stateful Kubernetes applications.


Meet the #CFD8 Delegates: Andy Thurai

We always appreciate Aruba talking to our delegates for Field Day events, like they did for Andy Thurai. Andy’s attended Cloud Field Day, and heard all about Aruba’s latest with its Edge Services Platform. In this post, they talk about how the edge is changing applications, the value of AI in networking, and the changing challenges of the hybrid cloud. It’s a really great discussion, and a great setup to a lot of what Aruba presented at the event.


The Aruba User Experience Insight Journey

Keith Parsons recently wrote a piece for Aruba’s blog looking at Aruba Networks User Experience Insight sensors. Keith first heard about these at Mobility Field Day all the way back in 2017, originally a part of Cape Networks. These have now become Aruba UXI F-Series sensor, which can be used not only to assure the experience for wireless users, but also wired devices. Aruba has added key features for enterprise usage, including proxies, custom certificates, and DNS support.


AI Field Day Is Coming

We recently announced the launch of a brand new Field Day event, AI Field Day! Haydn Andrews is definitely excited to see what the event has in store. AI has been gaining importance in IT for years now, but we’ve recently seen it reach a critical point, that requires a dedicated space to talk about advances in this emerging field. We hope the event will keep everyone in IT up to date on the latest and greatest.


Cloud Field Day 8 Day 2 Highlights

Lino Telera wrote up his impressions on the second day of presentations at Cloud Field Day, which focused on Diamanti and Morpheus Data. Diamanti focused on version 3.0 of Spektra. This release introduced support for Hybrid-Cloud deployments, Multi-Tenancy, and Resiliency across multiple sites. Morpheus meanwhile showed off the latest update to their SaaS multi-cloud management platform, which Lino sees as well suited for MSPs thanks to the emphasis on automation.


Cloud Field Day Recap and Session Breakdown

Anthony Spiteri has presented with Veeam at Field Day events before, and was in front of the delegates again during Cloud Field Day. In this post, he’s summerizing what their team presented at the event, from Veeam Backup for AWS and Azure, to their hot new solution Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, as well as their Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Program. It was a really focused and info-packed session, so be sure to check out their videos for all the details.


What Will HPE Do With Silver Peak? | Gestalt IT Rundown: July 15, 2020

In this episode of the Gestalt IT Rundown, Rich Stroffolino and Tom Hollingsworth breakdown the recent acquisition of Silver Peak by HPE. The SD-WAN company will be integrated into HPE’s Aruba business unit. Tom and Rich have seen Silver Peak at Networking and Cloud Field Day events in the past, and are well versed in their portfolio. They see the acquisition as a further bolstering of HPE’s ambitions with Aruba. We can’t wait to see the first fruits of this exciting acquisition.


Meet Field Day Delegate – Dr. Avril Salter

We’re thrilled to have Dr. Avril Salter joining us as a delegate for Mobility Field Day. Gestalt IT recently wrote up a profile about her, going into her background and what she’s excited to see at the event. She’s an independent consultant specializing in wireless and network security content development and delivery, as well as a educator on mobility topics. We can’t wait to hear what she thinks about the event!


Morpheus Data & NetApp – Cloud Field Day 8 | Watch Party

Cloud Field Day has always offered a live stream of presentations for anyone to watch and enjoy, but its not often we see watch parties organized around the presentations. That’s what Nick Howell did for the presentations from Morpheus Data and NetApp. It’s a really unique way to watch the presentation, with live commentary from Nick, as well as an integrated chat for replay.


CFD8 Preview – Igneous Systems

There were a lot of familiar names to Nate Avery in the list of presenters at Cloud Field Day. But Igneous was not one of them. He looked at their previous Tech Field Day presentation from 2016, and saw a company newly out of stealth showing off an interesting infrastructure-as-a-service offering. Looking at the company ahead of their presentation in 2020, he sees an exciting pivot with the company. Today they are less concerned with deploying boxes to an organization, and more being able to get metadata from files everywhere in the environment. We can’t wait to hear Nate’s takeaways from the presentation.


Cloud Field Day 8 Day 1 Highlights

Cloud Field Day offered a truly impressive number of presenting companies, and Lino Telera got to participate live, if virtually. In this post, he looks at the highlights from the first day of the event. This featured a presentation from Veeam, who recently got acquired by Insight Partners. They talked about their Cloud Native Backup solution, which can integrate with specific elements depending on a cloud provider. Then HPE’s Aruba Networks presented, show their Aruba Edge Services Platform and how it uses AIOps with ML models for telemetry and action purposes.


Veeam at Cloud Field Day 8 – Daily Check-In for July 15, 2020

Ned Bellavance has now attended his second virtual Field Day event, recently participating at Cloud Field Day. He was impressed how the Field Day team has kept iterating on the virtual event format to take advantage of not being limited by physical space, providing two different presentation tracks to let people watch presenters at a convenient time. In this video, he looks at what Veeam presented at the event. They showed off their latest tools specifically designed to help users backup and protect workloads and data in the cloud.


Preparing for Cloud Field Day 8

Lino Telera attended his fourth Field Day event during the virtual Cloud Field Day. In this post, he gives a preview of what he expected to see from each of the presenters. He was particularly interested to learn about Terraform Cloud from HashiCorp, and the application abstraction layer Spektra from Diamanti. Be sure to check out all his thoughts on the presenters before diving into the videos for yourself. We have an extensive archive of Field Day videos, stretching back years across all our events. It’s an invaluable resource for keeping up to date with the latest in IT.


Monday Hot Take July 13, 2020

Gina Rosenthal’s Monday Hot Take video do a great job getting you up to speed on the IT news, as well as highlighting the upcoming events for the week. In this video, she previews what to expect from Cloud Field Day. Be sure to subscribe to her channel to get these in your feed every Monday, and then head on over to the Tech Field Day YouTube page and watch the presentations for yourself.


Virtually Heading to Cloud Field Day 8

Veeam’s Anthony Spiteri joined us as a presenter for Cloud Field Day, our virtual event that brings together some of the most interesting cloud companies and most well respected independent voices for engaging in-depth technical presentations. Anthony and Veeam are no strangers to the Field Day experience, and we’re thrilled they’re continuing to join us as we’ve made the shift to virtual events. Their presentation featured a look at their Cloud Management Platform with a focus on protecting workloads that sit outside of more traditional on-premises infrastructure, as well as how Veeam enables Cloud and Service Providers to deliver services. It was a great presentation and we hope to see them back at an event soon.


It’s Cloud Field Day Week!

Adam Fisher returned to Field Day events as a delegate at Cloud Field Day. This was Adam’s third full event and his first virtual one with us, we can’t wait to hear what he thinks about the experience. At the event, he got to hear from Aruba, Diamanti, Infrascale, Morpheus Data, Veeam, and Zerto, so there was a lot to take in. We can’t wait to hear more about what he thought about each presentation.