Unified Security Theory With Fortinet

Treating wireless and networking separately in terms of security doesn’t really make sense anymore, so why are we doing just that? Tom Hollingsworth has been interacting with Fortinet products for many years, and had the chance to see them present at Mobility Field Day. Fortinet dispenses with the antiquated framework of wireless and networking and works to secure information with their patented ASIC technology. Be sure to check out Fortinet’s presentation and Tom’s take on the practical benefits of their approach on the Gestalt IT website.


Hyperconvergence and Kubernetes – Gigaom

At Cloud Field Day this summer, delegate Enrico Signoretti had the chance to see Diamanti present on their storage architecture and how it incorporates hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). In the past, HCI has largely been utilized for virtualized infrastructures, but is now being effectively applied for Kubernetes. Enrico was impressed with Diamanti’s implementation and writes that more tech companies should take a page from their unique approach to utilizing HCI for Kubernetes. Check out Enrico’s article and Diamanti’s presentations from Cloud Field Day on our website!


Being Last to Network Field Day 23 Is Actually a Good Thing

Evan Mintzer was the twelfth and final delegate to sign on for the very quickly approaching Networking Field Day. While some people might rue being “picked last,” Evan has a different approach to it: Now he has less time to anxiously anticipate the event! Evan writes that he is impressed with the slate of presenters and writes his thoughts on who he is most excited to see. While Evan might have been the last delegate signed on, he’s certainly not last in our book! Tune in to Networking Field Day to watch Evan in action from September 29th – October 2nd!


Is Scale-Out File Storage the New Black?

Enrico Signoretti, a delegate at Storage Field Day earlier this year, writes that VAST Data is a startup that is utilizing unique storage architecture to create an improved and impressively effective product. By implementing Intel Optane and QLC-NAND into their system, they are able to reach impressive levels in terms of both performance and value. Because of this, VAST is able to offer their customers a solution that is effective and doesn’t break the bank. Enrico had the chance to see VAST Data present on their storage architecture at Storage Field Day. Be sure to check out the videos of their presentations on our website!


Storage Field Day 20 – Wrap-Up and Link-O-Rama

Dan Frith is a frequent delegate at our Storage Field Day events and never fails to come out of those events with a plethora of thoughts on the presentations he saw. We always appreciate Dan’s hard work in recapping and digging down into so many of the presentations offered at our events. Dan’s latest post highlights the several blog posts he wrote for the latest Storage Field Day, as well as posts from some of his fellow delegates. Many thanks to Dan for giving us his perspective!


Intel Optane and the DAOS Storage Engine

There’s no doubt that Intel’s Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage (DAOS) engine is fast, but other than speed what does it have going for it? Storage Field Day delegate Dan Frith digs into Intel’s latest offering and highlights some of the exciting pieces of it including simple scalability and its open source nature. Check out Dan’s analysis of the Intel DAOS offering on his blog and check out the Intel team presenting at Storage Field Day.


Meet Field Day Delegate – Ben Story

We’re deeply excited about our upcoming Networking Field Day and equally excited to announce we will be having a first-time delegate there! Ben Story is a network engineer, 3D printing enthusiast, and music lover. Most importantly, he is excited about the chance to see our presenters at Networking Field Day, and we are too! Be sure to give Ben a follow on Twitter and learn a little more about him on the Gestalt IT website!


Pure Storage Acquires Portworx

There’s big news in the storage world this week as Pure Storage announces they are acquiring Portworx. Writing for Architecting IT, Chris Evans notes that he had the chance to see the CTO of Portworx present in another capacity at the very first Tech Field Day event in 2009. Chris writes that Pure Storage has made a significant move that will help them expand options for their customers. Pure Storage clearly has a long-term strategy planned out, and it will be interesting to see what they decide to do next.


106: Greybeards Talk Intel’s New HPC File System With Kelsey Prantis, Senior Software Eng. Manager, Intel

At Storage Field Day, delegate Ray Lucchesi had the opportunity to see Intel present on their new Optane Persistent Memory (PMEM) technology. In the latest episode of his podcast, GreyBeards On Storage, he talks with Intel’s Senior Software Engineering Manager Kelsey Prantis about Intel’s DAOS (Distributed Architecture Object Storage), a new HPC (high performance computing) file system. Ray writes that “DAOS represents the birth of a new generation of HPC storage.” Check out Ray’s GreyBeards On Storage podcast to hear their informative conversation!


Meet Field Day Delegate – Jerod Santo

We recently wrapped on Tech Field Day at NGINX Sprint 2020, which was also the wrap of the first delegate experience for Jerod Santo! Jerod is currently the Managing Editor of Changelog Media and has been writing there since 2013. It was great to have Jerod on board for this unique, live event. If you want to learn a little more about Jerod including his love for trees, check out our post about him! In addition, you can check out Jerod’s work on Tech Field Day at NGINX Sprint 2020 on our website.


Getting Lost at Networking Field Day

On his newly titled blog “Foggy Bytes,” Josh Warcop writes about the challenges around the consistent context switching in tech and our lives today. He also notes the impressive, 11-sponsor lineup at the upcoming Networking Field Day where he will be serving as a delegate. This will be Josh’s second Tech Field Day delegate experience, and we’re excited to have him back! Check out Josh’s post for his thoughts and all the information about the upcoming Networking Field Day.


VAST Data – the Best Is Yet to Come

As a delegate at Storage Field Day, Dan Frith had the opportunity to see VAST Data present at their second Tech Field Day event. Dan writes that the VAST Data presentations were excellent and informative. This isn’t the first time around the block for many in the VAST data team, and that’s helped them quickly evolve, put together helpful offerings, and progress in meeting market needs. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the presentations from VAST Data on our website!


Networking Field Day 23 Is Coming!

Pete Welcher posts some of his thoughts on the most recent announcements for the upcoming Networking Field Day! Pete writes that he is very much looking forward to being a delegate at our jam-packed four day event. In this post, he writes specifically about our two most recently announced presenters: AirVine and IP Fabric! Pete is excited to see them up close and personal in the coming weeks, and so are we!


Has the Cloud Era Arrived? Thoughts From Cloud Field Day 8

With changing times come changing priorities in the tech world. After attending his first Cloud Field Day, delegate Adam Fisher observes that cloud consumption, which was already increasing year-to-year, has exploded in 2020 in the work from home environment. He writes that the Cloud Era has arrived, and recaps some takeaways from his favorite presenters at Cloud Field Day including Veeam, Zerto, Aruba, Diamanti, Infrascale and Morpheus Data. Be sure to check out Adam’s take on the Cloud Era on his latest post!


Nebulon – It’s Server Storage Jim, but Not as We Know It

Dan Frith had the chance to see Nebulon present at Storage Field Day, and was intrigued enough that he had a follow-up briefing with their team to go over their cloud-defined storage (CDS) offering. CDS effectively delivers storage that is defined and managed through the cloud while consuming no server CPU or memory resources. Dan writes that this has a lot of appeal, especially if you anticipate needing to scale up or down quickly. Check out Nebulon’s presentation on their cloud-defined storage offering on our website!


Tech Field Day 21: VMware Presents on Many Topics

Pete Welcher, a delegate at Tech Field Day in March, was impressed with VMware’s fast-paced and informational presentations. He writes about VMware’s jam-packed presentations including their focus on automation and orchestration of the datacenter in the cloud. We’re grateful for Pete’s time as a delegate and his recaps of event content from our Tech Field Day events! To check out VMware’s presentations, head on over to our website.


Bringing It All Together – Aruba Networks; Wifi 6 and #ATMDigital 2020

Mitch Dickey, one of our Tech Field Day delegates, writes in his latest post to summarize the many cool things he has seen so far this year from Aruba Networks. It’s always great to have Mitch on board for our events, and we appreciate the work he put in as a delegate at the Networking Field Day Experience at Aruba Atmosphere Digital this past June. If you missed out on the excellent content that Aruba has presented this year, be sure to check out their videos on our website!


News From Cloud Side #5

Lino Telera, a past delegate from Tech Field Day events, writes in his latest post about our September events. Lino takes a look at Tech Field Day at NGINX Sprint 2020 and Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2020. We’re always grateful to hear from Lino and look forward to seeing him back as a delegate at Tech Field Day in the future! Be sure to check out Lino’s post and mark your calendars for all of our events happening as we head into the Fall.


Host Separation With Tempered

Writing for Gestalt IT, Tom Hollingsworth looks back at Tempered’s presentation from Security Field Day in June. Tempered very quickly got Tom’s attention with their claim that they could secure host-to-host communications while keeping everything invisible on the wire. Tom writes that the Tempered product Airwall is an easy and straightforward solution that supports both network security and privacy. Check out Tom’s article and Tempered’s first ever Security Field Day presentations on our website!


Tech Field Day 21: Zerto Saves the Data

Pete Welcher first heard of Zerto from friends a few years ago, and in March he was able to see them up close and personal at Tech Field Day. In his latest post, Pete outlines the features Zerto offers that he finds particularly impressive including continuous journaling and short RPO. With backup staying current down to almost the second, Pete writes that Zerto has gotten his attention. Check out Pete’s post and review of Zerto’s Tech Field Day presentations!