Pure-Ly My Pre-Attendance Thoughts for Accelerate

Writer and Technologist, Becky Elliott, shares her anticipation about Pure Accelerate 2019. As a delegate and active community member, Becky explains why this is a FOMO-inducing event for her, as she covers her pre-attendance hopes, thoughts, and expectations of this year’s Accelerate. Follow Becky’s post series on Gestalt IT and on her blog.

VMware Entering the IT Infrastructure Composability Game

Enrico Signoretti found VMworld US 2019 to be full of fascinating announcements. It showed VMware making serious inroads into composability for virtualized servers, with the ability to now virtualize GPUs over the network. Enrico sees this working similar to how VMware treats NVMe storage resources in vSphere and VSAN. He doesn’t see this completely disrupting the current composable infrastructure market, but its an important step for VMware. Be sure to check out all the video from Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019 for all the technical deep dives on this!

No FOMO Here: Watch Highlights From #MFD4

It was great to have Aruba presenting at Mobility Field Day this summer. They brought their usual wireless A game to the event with fascinating presentations and thoughtful demos. Be sure to check out the full video from their presentation to get caught up!

Apstra’s VMworld US 2019 Experience

Apstra presented at Tech Field Day Extra at VMWorld US 2019 earlier this month. They are no stranger to the Field Day audience and delegates, having presented at several Networking Field Days in the past. In this post, Apstra’s Rami Rammaha reviews some of their announcements and highlights from the event and their presentation.

A Software First Approach

Tech Field Day delegate stalwart Al Rasheed heard an update from Apstra at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019. He was familiar with the company based on their prior presentation at Networking Field Day. They presented on how companies often take a hardware-first approach to infrastructure transformation. This locks them into specific solutions and reduces their agility long term. Apstra demonstrated why they advocate a software-first approach to infrastructure, one that gives organizations the most option to meet their business needs over time.

VMware Project Pacific – First Impressions

VMware announced their plan to integrate container management into vSphere with Project Pacific at VMworld US 2019. Chris Evans got to hear more details about the thought behind the project during VMware’s Tech Field Day Extra presentations at the event. Be sure to check out his blog post with more thoughts on this ambitious effort.

Random Short Take #21

Dan Frith shares another of his great lists of “short takes” on the news. This includes mention of the upcoming Pure Accelerate conference in Austin, which will include a Tech Field Day session, as well as coverage of the Commvault/Hedvig acquisition and VMworld’s Project Pacific launch.

Is VMware Project Pacific ‘Kubernetes Done Right’ for the Enterprise?

Joep Piscaer got details about VMware’s Project Pacific at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019. This is VMware’s effort to re-architect ESXi and vCenter to natively use the Kubernetes APIs to drive platform operations. After hearing the details Joep is definitely excited for the new solution, as its far more than a simple bolt on to add a Kubernetes checkbox. This is a major recognition on the part of VMware where they were lacking, and shows a clear technical roadmap how they can take the lead in managing Kubernetes like they have with VMs.

Mist Systems Unveils an Environmental Sensor That Is Also a Wi-Fi 6 AP

At Mobility Field Day this summer Mist Systems, now part of Juniper Networks, showed off their latest AP43 access points, which now support Wi-Fi 6. This AP offers dual 5GHz capability, a 802.3bz NBASE-T port with 802.3bt power capabilities that pairs nicely with Mist’s own BLE sensor. They also contain sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and angle/orientation, adding environmental monitoring to their already extensive capabilities. Jonathan Davis breaks down the full capabilities in this post.

MFD Series: Cisco’s Modular Approach for WLCs

Manon Lessard heard extensively from Cisco at Mobility Field Day. She focused on their IoT and wireless offerings in this post. At the event, they detailed their Catalyst 9800 series of controllers, all running on IOS XE. Because this code base is modular, different system components can be updated, allowing admins more control and stability, which hopefully means they update more often.

NetApp, Workloads, and Pizza

While attending VMworld US 2019, Dan Frith was able to attend some Tech Field Day Extra presentations going on at the event. One of them was from NetApp, a company Dan is well familiar with but one that never fails to have something new to show. During the presentation, NetApp’s Andy Banta presented on the future of the data center, which will involve persistent memory, microvisors, and more specialized cores. It gave Dan a lot to think about, be sure to check out his post for details.

Metageek Plus/Pro and Rampart

Jake Snyder is a familiar face at Mobility Field Day and we were thrilled to have him return for our event over the summer. He’s been familiar with MetaGeek for a while, and had kind of wrote off their solutions set. But after seeing their presentation at Mobility Field Day, but was really impressed by the value of their Rampart tool as part of their Metageek Plus and Pro subscriptions. Be sure to check out the post for the details that changed Jake’s mind on the company.

Pure Accelerate 2019: What I’m Hoping to See

Matthew Leib will be a delegate at Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2019 in Austin, TX. In this post, he shares his thoughts as he anticipates the event. Follow Matthew’s series on Gestalt IT to learn more about Storage Field Day.

Disclosure: VMworld 2019

Justin Warren went to VMworld US 2019 this year, and he’s a familiar face at the event. It was great to have him as a delegate for our Tech Field Day Extra presentations as well. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to get all of the video content from the event.

NetAlly’s AirCheck G2 Gets a Facelift With Version 4.0 Firmware

Tim Dennehy got a look at the latest firmware for the esteemed AirCheck G2 at Mobility Field Day. This came during NetAlly’s presentation, the company to come out of Netscout spinning off their tooling business. He walks through the installation process and some of the new features, including 802.11ax visibility, a utilization graph for 802.11 and non-802.11 traffic, and uploading of iPerf test results.

The Contention Window: S1E13 : MFD4 Hodgepodge & Wrapup

Scott Lester and Jake Synder were both at Mobility Field Day over the summer. The event provided a wealth of information on the latest in wireless and mobility. Be sure to check out both of them on this episode of The Contention Window, where discuss what they saw at the event.

SD-WAN Reimagined – 128 Technology

For Jonathan Davis, SD-WAN had always felt a little kludgy. Kind of held together by duct tape, it worked but it wasn’t pretty. After attending Tech Field Day Exclusive with 128 Technology, he’s changed his mind. They fundamentally handle routing differently than typical SD-WAN, in one of the many ways that sets them apart from the pack.

Get Ready for Tech Field Day 19!

It was great having Emre Ozensoy as a delegate at Tech Field Day this summer. It was a packed event with a lot of great presentations and, more importantly, great conversations. Be sure to check out the full video from all the presentations at the event to see what left such a good impression with the delegates.

I Spy a Wi-Spy

For Haydn Andrews, MetaGeek’s presentation at Mobility Field Day offered some interesting new solutions. He’s been a long time user of Channelyzer and inSSIDer, but had longed for something that didn’t always require him to tote around a laptop. Now with their new Wi-Spy Air, any Android or iOS device will do.

VMware – VMworld 2019 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Dan Frith is a frequent guest around the delegate table, and we were thrilled to have him for some of the presentations for Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019. In this post, he looks back on everything that he did during the hectic travel to and participation in VMworld this year. Be sure to check out all of Dan’s great writing from the event.