Aruba AIOps – Beating Your Downtime Into Submission

Is downtime costing you more than you think? Using efficient analysis and pulling the right data from artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) applications is essential to driving modern strategic business decisions. More and more, companies look to AIOps to gain a competitive advantage, improve IT performance, and reduce extremely costly downtimes and disruptions. Aruba AI OPs has an elegant solution to downtime woes. It uses secure, anonymized data to decrease downtime for IT operations.


Storage Field Day and the Direction of Travel

The presenters at Storage Field Day in August had a concrete understanding of what practitioners actually want and need. Or so says Paul Stringfellow, one of our twelve delegates who attended the virtual event. He writes summaries of the great work being done and information presented by Nebulon, Qumulo, Cisco, and Intel, and notes how each sponsor is listening to the needs of IT professionals everywhere. Check out the presentations from each of these companies on the Tech Field Day website!


BrainChip Demonstrates How Its Akida Technology Is Delivering the Next-Generation of AI at the Edge at First-Ever AI Field Day

We’re excited that BrainChip will be joining us as a first-time sponsor at the first ever AI Field Day! BrainChip describes themselves as a “leading provider of ultra-low power high performance AI technology” and will be presenting on their Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC). For more information on BrainChip and their presentations, be sure to check out their press release and watch their live-streamed presentations during AI Field Day!


Azure NetApp Files and NetApp Virtual Desktop Service

NetApp presented its Microsoft Azure NetApp Files services and its Virtual Desktop Services offering during Cloud Field Day 9. Barry Coombs, Author behind Tech Doodles, Chief Technologist at Computerworld Group, and Tech Field Day Delegate said he was pleasantly surprised by the fresh storage content NetApp is developing.


TECHunplugged Videocast: Cloud Filed Day 9 Part 1

Veteran Field Day delegate Arjan Timmerman virtually attended Cloud Field Day earlier this month and had the chance to see a fantastic lineup of presenters. As we headed into event week, Arjan was looking forward to the presentations and previewed each of the presenting companies on his TECHunplugged videocast! If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Arjan’s preview on YouTube as well as all the presentations from Cloud Field Day on our website!


StorPool Software Defined, High Performance, Scale Out, Block-Storage

StorPool, the developer of high performance, scale-out block storage software for primary demanding workloads showed delegates its software defined, high performance, block-storage
during Cloud Field Day 9. Cloud Field Day Delegate Barry Coombs, Author behind Tech Doodle and Chief Technologist at Computerworld Group took a brief look at the solution and its high points.


Scality Scale-Out File and Object Storage

Scality revealed its hybrid and multi-cloud storage system, Zenko at Cloud Field day 9, and they gained at least one fan. Barry Coombs of Tech Doodles noted that the Zenko solution stood out because it allows the freedom to use object and file storage solutions both on-premises and in the cloud. The solution also has ‘unified management, single namespace, metadata search, flexible replication between clouds, all whilst still storing data in the native cloud formats’ – a plus in Barry’s books.


Downtime Costs More Than Money

The cost of downtime is not just financial. Can you risk reputational loss as well? While downtime and data loss may cost companies millions of dollars per incident, 50% of them shut down within a year after a breach. However, now there is a less expensive and more agile solution than on-prem data security, Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service. Georgina Ford, Editor at Gestalt IT, looks at Infrascale’s Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service offering and why it might just save you money.


Ring Around the Datacenter With Airvine

When installing cabling in a modern building, it is usually as easy as making a hole in some drywall, but what if you are in a historical building where walls cannot be damaged or are made of stone or concrete? Enter Airvine! Airvine presented its wireless non-cabled connectivity solution at Network Field Day 23, and Gestalt IT networking expert Tom Hollingsworth took a look at what it was all about.


Security Field Day 4 – Cisco Security Update – Tetration All the Things

Cisco’s Tetration, a hybrid-cloud workload protection platform that was showcased at Security Field Day 4 caught the attention of Ed Horley. Ed is a Security Field Day 4 delegate, co-chair of the California IPv6 Task Force, author, and blogger. His honest analysis of the system raises some interesting questions about Tetration. We are interested to see further developments from Cisco on its platform.


Defending Layer 7 With FortiWeb, Fortinet’s Web Application Firewall

COVID has meant remote workforces and internet accessible apps and workloads sitting on enterprise networks. So, what is the solution? Fortinet showcased FortiWeb at Cloud Field Day 8. FortiWeb is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that is a key part of Fortinet’s Security Fabric. FortiWeb is designed to sit in front of web applications and APIs on the network, adding another security layer.


Join Us for the First-Ever AI Field Day

Join Aruba Networks and other AI experts in their AI adventures in the during-COVID tech world at the first-ever AI Field Day on November 18th, 2020, where digital transformation plans have been accelerated, and networks are expected to work, all of the time. With the ability to report issues before they become apparent to users, AIOps has become the better way to manage enterprise networks.


Getting the Gang Back Together for SC20

November is the month of artificial intelligence (AI), with the very first AI Field Day being launched by us, featuring companies including Aruba, Brainchip, Intel, Juniper Mist AI, and Red Hat, plus SC20 in mid-November. Gina Rosenthal, one of our AI Field day delegates is trying to fit it all in. We look forward to welcoming her to AI Field Day, the place to be for everything AI!


Network Field Day 23 Overview, or Throw Out Your Net Management Tools, They’re Obsolete!

There is a network management revolution going on, and legacy systems are no longer going to cut it. Airvine, Apstra, Arista, Boradcom, Catchpoint, Cisco, Intel, IP Fabric, Juniper Networks and Path Solutions came together at Network Field Day 23 to showcase how each of their products is making waves in the network management space. Peter Welcher, Network Field Day 23 delegate and tech expert came to the conclusion that it is time to modernize company’s network management tools, or die, based on what he saw at the event.


Network Field Day 23: IP Fabric

IP Fabric’s Automated Network Assurance Platform, presented at Network Field Day 23, is designed to analyze data and spit out discrepancies in a vendor and domain-agnostic way. The system is designed to retrieve and store data and allow it to be accessible across enterprise teams and silos, providing better visibility into the network and better data accessibility, according to Peter Welcher, a Network Field Day 23 delegate and 20-year CCIE who loves network design. His blog takes a look at IP Fabric and what it could do for a company.


Configuring Airwall

Tempered presented on their Airwall product at Security Field Day 3. Event delegate and networking, technology, and innovation expert Peter-Jan Nefkens took a deep-dive into the technology, how to configure it, similarities and differences between Airwall and other VPN solutions, and more. Airwall is designed to help users easily create and maintain hyper-secure networks across IT/OT/ICS/SCADA, remote, and in the cloud.


AI Field Day 1

Aruba AIOps is as excited for AI Field Day 1 as we are. This Field Day will explore the applications for AIOps and look at how AI and automation can solve some of those pesky IT problems that have been plaguing wireless, switching, and WAN environments for years. Catch Aruba, Red Hat, Intel, and Juniper Mist AI for a day of everything AI. November 18th is the date, 11 am to 1 pm PST. See you there!


Your Occasional Storage Digest With Toshiba Drives, Excelero and More

How does Pensando fit into the NetApp portfolio? Apart from collaboration on modern datacenter innovations, NetApp’s A400 all-flash array is now shipped with two Pensando storage processing cards – as revealed at Storage Field Day 20. Storage expert Chris Mellor, founder of Blocks & Files looks at what’s going on in storage.


SD-IoT With VMware Nyansa

What do analytics have to do with SD-WAN? Simple really. How do you know that your SD-WAN is operating efficiently and effectively if it can’t tell you how it’s doing? Nyansa’s analytics tie in perfectly, giving companies the visibility to ensure that SD-WAN devices are operating correctly with the best possible configurations. Tom Hollingsworth dives into how Nyansa works to improve your network and how it is enhancing and promoting the growth of IoT.


What’s the Buzz About SmartNICs?

Smart NICs are not new. However, they are just starting to emerge as a platform. Smart NICs are needed now more than ever with the increasing demand for improved network and compute performance. The buzz around the technology has also surged with the announcement of Project Monterey, an industry-wide collaboration to integrate SmartNICs into the VMware Cloud Foundation. So what are the benefits of using Smart NICs? Gina Rosenthal, a delegate at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2020 reveals Smart NICs secrets through Smart NIC technology developers including Pensando.