I Once Caught a Fish This Big!!

Tech Field Day bon vivant Al Rasheed was at Cisco Live Europe this year, so naturally he was invited to be a delegate at the Tech Field Day Extra presentations being held at the same time. There he got to hear from Cisco about developments with IoT networking, and what the company is doing to protect this massively expanded threat surface. For Al, these kind of solutions are vital, but just as importance is to consider if the convenience of an IoT device is worth the security risks in the first place.


A Day in the Life of a Packet

Al Rasheed is back with another excellent write up from a Field Day presentation, this time focusing on what he saw from Forward Networks at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe this year. The intent-based networking company focused on their Forward Enterprise tier on the presentation, showing use cases for Application Team Self-Service and Change Window Assistance. Al was really impressed by how well prepared the presenters are, and agrees with Ivan Pepelnjak that the presentation was “awesome”.


You may say I’m a dreamer…

Al Rasheed has been to a few Field Day events stretching back into last year. For 2019, he’s very excited to see what’s on tap for Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe. He’ll be joining what he calls the “Dream Team” of delegates for the event (we’ll leave it to Al to tell us which one is Christian Laettner). He continues to be amazed at how participating in Field Day events has opened new doors and opportunities. We’re just glad to have such an insightful and knowledgable delegate around the table.


The Flux Reactor

Al Rasheed wrote up his thoughts on Kentik’s presentation from Networking Field Day late last year. The company offers full resolution of network traffic, with the goal of providing network administrators enriched data that’s easy to understand. They’ve found use cases with network performance, congestion, security, DDOS detection and forensics. Al was particularly impressed by some of the tools Kentik provides for service providers, which enriches data from multiple sources via API and pairs it with routing table data live.


Cisco Champion 2019

We’re happy to see that Al Rasheed was accepted as a Cisco Champion for 2019. In this post, he directly sites the influence of attending Networking Field Day for this accomplishment. We’re just glad Al was able to attend the event, and we’re hoping to see him back in 2019.


Packets Never Lie…

Al Rasheed heard from Riverbed during Networking Field Day late last year. The company had a wide ranging presentation showing what they now offer in their WAN optimization and SD-WAN portfolio. This included an extensive SD-WAN Q&A session, demos from Brandon Carroll, and a look at SteelCentral Aternity and Steelhead SD. It was a lot of information, so be sure to check out the video from the presentation.


The Glue that brings the Intent together!

While Apstra is no stranger to Networking Field Day, Al Rasheed got to hear them for the first time as a delegate at the event earlier this month. He digs into their presentation, and how the company’s AOS isn’t just about using Intent for Day 1 operation, but how the company has innovated around bringing intent to automation and analytics.


Meet Wayne McFarkus

Al Rasheed heard a deep dive from Silver Peak at Networking Field Day earlier this year. They have a unique approach to their SD-WAN solution, positioning it not just as software-defined, but rather self-driving. What stood out in their presentation was how their solution takes a business driven approach to networking, making it work for the needs of the business rather than the other way around. Al runs through everything the company showed at the event. Be sure to read it before watching their complete presentation video.


I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt

Al Rasheed was one of the delegates invited to attend Networking Field Day earlier this month. At the event, he heard a presentation from Illumio. The company was an early pioneer in micro-segmentation, something increasingly important to reduce surface area on the ever increasing incidents of data center exploits. Al was impressed how they can bring increased visibility, particularly for application dependencies. Overall, he found that Illumio “killed it” during their presentation.


DNS Is A Chump!

Al Rasheed was one of the delegates at our Networking Field Day event last week, and got to hear from BlueCat Networks. The company provides enterprise DNS solutions to provide visibility, an automation framework, and agility without compromising on security.


Day 1 – Networking Field Day 19

Networking Field Day is underway this week out in Silicon Valley. We’re thrilled to have Al Rasheed along for the event. He’s already written up some thoughts from his first day traveling to the event. This saw him meet with fellow delegates and looking forward to the coming presentations the rest of the week. Be sure to watch all the Networking Field Day presentations live this week!


Networking Field Day 19

Al Rasheed will be a delegate at Networking Field Day, coming up next week! There is a packed roster of announced presenters, so make sure you’re following #NFD19 on Twitter for Al and the other delegates thoughts. Better yet, watch along on our live stream to catch all the presentations as they happen.


Day 4 – Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018

Al Rasheed documented his days at Commvault GO 2018, having attended as a delegate of a Tech Field Day Exclusive event. The day was filled with keynotes, a visit to the GO Village, and appearance on two different podcasts. Even outside the Tech Field Day presentations, Al Rasheed found a lot of value from the event.


Day 3 – Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018

Al Rasheed continues his posts looking at his days as a Tech Field Day Exclusive delegate at Commvault GO 2018. Day three was full of keynotes, including one from Bill Nye “The Science Guy”. Overall, the messaging reiterated Commvault’s focus on being a modern data managemebnt company, a thoughtful evolution from their backup and recovery legacy.


Day 2 – Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018

We were thrilled to have Al Rasheed as one of our delegates for Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018. In this post, he looks at the Commvault presentations made at the event, including some pre-embargo announcements just for the delegates. The presentations discussed new products, including a Commvault as a Service offering, customer testimonials, changes in licensing, and more.


Day 1 – Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018

In this post, Al Rasheed looks at day one of his experience at Commvault GO 2018. As part of the event, he also attended Tech Field Day Exclusive presentations at Commvault GO. We’re glad the trip and accommodations all went smoothly!


Commvault GO 2018 with Tech Field Day

Al Rasheed will be joining the rest of our delegates at Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018 this week. He’s hoping to learn more about Commvault’s refreshed solutions, expand his network, and grow his overall knowledge base. We can’t wait to see his takeaways from the event.


The #vCommunity

We were thrilled to invite Al Rasheed to be a delegate at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld this year. In this post, he writes about how he came to decide to sign up to be a delegate, leaning on the experiences of two recent Field Day invitees, Ken Nalbone and Nick Nick Janetakis for reference. We’re glad he found the event well organized and managed. If you ever wondered about becoming a Field Day delegate, be sure to start by signing up on our site.


Tech Field Day at VMworld (Las Vegas)

Al Rasheed got his first experience as a delegate while attending Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld. He got to hear from StorageCraft and NetApp at the event. He was impressed not just with his fellow panel of delegates, but by the performance of the presenters as well. He also shares some more Tech Field Day Extra posts from other delegates from the #vCommunity.


Al Rasheed

Al has been in IT for over 10+ years and has worked in various roles which includes Help Desk\Support Staff\Windows Desktop Management Specialist and currently as a Systems Administrator.