NetApp Acquires StackPointCloud

Rich Stroffolino outlines how NetApp’s recent acquisition of StackPointCloud compliments what they presented at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. Their Cloud Volumes service now naturally rolls into a larger managed Kubernetes play.


Enterprise-Class Public Cloud

Chris Evans takes a look at what “enterprise-class” cloud computing would look like, which he heard about extensively from Oracle at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure provides a more managed environment than other public clouds, making it well suited for enterprises that can’t completely rewrite applications. For Chris, there is definitely a market for a cloud provider that doesn’t strictly take a hyperscaler approach.


Cloud Storage – AWS, Azure, and Beyond

Ned Bellavance and Stephen Foskett break down the cloud storage options from AWS and Microsoft Azure. They then illustrate why the cacophony of choice from just those two providers make it almost impossible to do a true comparison of either performance or value. They see something like NetApp’s Cloud Volumes, which they saw at Cloud Field Day earlier this year, as a way to approach some consistency in the marketplace.


Multi-Cloud, DevOps, and Storage

From the presentation from NetApp at Cloud Field Day earlier this year, Ned Bellavance and Stephen Foskett wrote an in-depth article looking at the challenges of applying DevOps concepts to storage, especially in a multi-cloud environment. NetApp addressed this challenge with Cloud Volumes, which they see as providing the flexibility demanded by DevOps without sacrificing the functionality of robust data services.


Morpheus Data: A Next-Gen Cloud Management Platform

Martez Reed hadn’t heard of Morpheus Data prior to their presentation at Cloud Field Day in April. He found that their Cloud Management Platform shines with native orchestration and automation support. What differentiates it from the pack of competitors is a particular DevOps focus, allowing for easier creation of coordinated CI/CD pipelines.


Modern Data Protection Summary

Keith Townsend lays out exactly why data is the most important asset in the enterprise and what products have the essential protection and management features to protect, mobilize, and backup your data. Among the companies and products Keith discusses are Veritas, Rubrik Datos, and Druva who he saw present at Cloud Field Day 3 as well as Commvault who presented at Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault Go in 2017.


Cloud Field Day: Droplet Computing – Any App, Any Where, Any Device

Droplet Computing launched out of stealth at Cloud Field Day in April. In this post, Michelle Laverick looks at the implications of their browser-based application containers. This ability to run any application on any OS with any infrastructure isn’t just interesting for legacy apps. Michelle outlines why this could have far reaching consequences for organizations running new apps without worrying about underlying requirements.


The Britpop Battle of Rubrik and Cohesity

The rivalries between data protection companies remind Chris Evans of the glory days of 90s Britpop. Instead of Blur and Oasis, for him the rivals of this new vanguard are Rubrik and Cohesity. He sees both as working to centralize data protection to offer it as a service, with the ultimate goal of fending off cloud-based solutions.


Druva acquires CloudRanger, expands backup capabilities to AWS

Max Mortillaro looks at Druva’s acquisition of CloudRanger, which offers a data protection solution for AWS. Max got to see a lot from Druva at their recent Cloud Field Day presentation, and thinks the acquisition will offer a nice compliment to the company’s existing Data Management as a Service portfolio.


NetApp Cloud Volumes 101

Bhavin Shah takes a look at NetApp Cloud Volumes, after their recent announcement that it is now available on Google Cloud. Cloud Volumes provides cloud-native enterprise-class file services to users, all based around a familiar usage-billing model. He walks through how to get started using Cloud Volumes, and previews where NetApp is expanding it after watching their Cloud Field Day presentation.


Head in the Clouds: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Jon Hildebrand takes a look at what Oracle presented at Cloud Field Day last month. They specifically focused on their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. He appreciate what Oracle is trying to do with their infrastructure SLAs, which can represent significant risk reduction for more timid organizations. Overall he found their messaging and solutions should keep them relevant in the overall cloud infrastructure conversation.


Running Native Applications in a Browser with Droplet Computing

Nick Janetakis saw the launch of Droplet Computing last month at Cloud Field Day. He found the company’s mission to run native applications online or offline in a browser on any device to be genuinely cool technology. Using their Universal Container Runtime, they can run applications without worrying about the underlying OS or architecture. Most importantly, this isn’t just a concept. While still early days, Droplet disclosed that their tech is being used by companies in production. Nick was definitely intrigued by what he saw.


Episode 54: Get up, eat omelet, throw chair

On this episode of the Buffer Overflow podcast, Ned Bellavance talks about what he saw from Droplet Computing with their company debut at Cloud Field Day. They utilize browser-based containerization using Web Assembly to run applications independent of OS or architecture.


My Life as a Tech Impostor

Being invited to Cloud Field Day caused Ned Bellavance to think about Imposter Syndrome. He’s found that in technology, not knowing every thing doesn’t make you an imposter, because everyone is in the same boat. Instead of worrying about being an imposter, he leaves the piece with some great advice: Know what you know. Learn what you can. Be generous those willing to learn. Learn from those willing to share.


Veritas 360 – CloudPoint

Following a presentation by Veritas at Cloud Field Day, Ned Bellavance wanted to try out CloudPoint, their cloud-native backup solution. In this post, he documents how to get through setup and install of CloudPoint. After a few hiccups, he walks through backing up and recovering VMs on Azure. Ned sees a lot of interesting ideas in CloudPoint, and hopes that Veritas will continue to invest in it to get it production ready.


Innovate or Die? Three Ways to Cloud Enablement

At Cloud Field Day last month, Ned Bellavance got to thinking about how companies approach cloud enablement. After seeing a variety of approaches, he highlights three ways for companies to succeed at this difficult task.


ThinkPiece: Cloud Field Day: Can an old dog, learn new tricks?

At Cloud Field Day Michelle Laverick saw some encouraging sign from established companies adapting to the reality of the cloud. NetApp, Oracle, and Veritas all showed that despite being incumbent companies, they have identified how to be competitive against newer cloud-focused startups. This often involved spinning up entirely new teams that can operate with agility. Not every company was convincing in their cloud play, but Michelle was definitely impressed to see older companies making moves to stay competitive with the cloud giants.


Cloudy Explorations at Cloud Field Day 3

Rubrik’s Andrew Miller shares his experience after the company presented at Cloud Field Day. He shares the videos of the presentation, as well as some of the Twitter reactions from the presentation shared by the delegates. Overall Rubrik did a great job showing what they can do for enterprise backup, and just as importantly demonstrated value for organizations.


Cloud Field Day 3

Droplet Computing came out of stealth at Cloud Field Day last month, introducing their unique browser-based application container technology. Jane Rimmer worked with Droplet to coordinate the launch and found that “anyone wanting to work with a highly professional team, with a unique event concept, you MUST consider participating in a Tech Field Day to raise awareness for your company!”


NetApp: Highly Performant Storage for Cloud Native Apps

Martez Reed takes a look at NetApp’s Cloud Volumes, which the company covered in their Cloud Field Day presentation last month. Based on their well known ONTAP portfolio, Cloud Volumes presents a fully managed CIFS/NFS storage solution from within the public cloud.