Storage is not just a bunch of disks, said SoftNAS

Raff Poltronieri wrote up a look at what SoftNAS presented at Cloud Field Day last month. He breaks down the company’s take that storage is “not just a bunch of disks”, and how SoftNAS Cloud provides a data control and management platform to manage large amounts of data in the cloud.


A Matter of Perspective

Tom Hollingsworth considers the importance of perspective, and how the delegates around a table can shape a Tech Field Day presentation. This first came to mind seeing Aviatrix present their Cloud Routing solutions, first at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US, then at Cloud Field Day. For the networking focused audience at the first event, Aviatrix was interesting, but seemed to largely align how they expected networking to work when moved from the data center to the cloud. For the Cloud Field Day delegates, the networking Aviatrix showed was met with acclaim. Tom further saw this in action from Arista Networks, who presented at Mobility Field Day for the first time, discussing how they were integrating the recently acquired Mojo Networks.


Cohesity – One Software Platform for Multiple Cloud Use Cases

We were happy to have Dukagjin Maloku join us as a delegate at Cloud Field Day last month. At the event, he got to hear the latest from Cohesity. In this post, he looks at Cohesity’s DataPlatform, and considers some multi-cloud use cases he heard at the event. Overall Dukagjin thinks they have what it takes to be dominant in the secondary storage market, and is definitely a company to watch.


Dataset life cycle: Multi-cloud at Cohesity

Raff Poltronieri heard from Cohesity at Cloud Field Day last month. This presentation focused on the Cohesity DataPlatform, which Raff found pretty exciting. The presentation touched on how this could be used for long term retention and VM migration. Cohesity’s platform allows customers to avoid being locked in with a public cloud’s proprietary formats, giving great mobility and versatility.


LightStep: application performance management for the new stack

For Joep Piscaer, seeing LightStep [x]PM at Cloud Field Day this month at first seemed pretty routine. It seemed to be a run of the mill, if functional, Application Performance Management tool. But after watching their presentation, it becomes clear that [x]PM is different. It’s built by a team that knows how to deal with extremes of scale and concurrency from Google, but with the vision that most organizations don’t need to operate at a Google level of scale. In a world obscured by microservices, [x]PM offers something unique, a tool that tells a coherent story on transactions across the distribution and concurrency, abstracting away those complexities and surfacing the right information and insights.


Cohesity at #CFD4 – Secondary Storage is now Cloud Enabled

Pietro Piutti has been familari with Cohesity for a while, but their Cloud Field Day presentation this month struck him with their completeness of vision. In that presentation, the company did a deep dive into their cloud use cases. Just as the company has done for secondary storage on-premises, their cloud use cases seek to unify secondary storage, and prevent the cloud from becoming an expensive data silo with no visibility. With support for native cloud backup, access to the major public clouds, and an architecture that ensures data mobility, Pietro found their presentation compelling.


Cohesity: Much More than Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

At Cloud Field Day this month, Cohesity was able to broaden their conversation into new use cases than we’ve heard at their previous Field Day presentation. Ken Nalbone was impressed by the cloud functionality of the Cohesity Data Platform, including being able to create archives on multiple cloud providers, with individual and collective bandwidth caps, from a single policy. Overall, Ken found that Cohesity’s solutions have expanded considerably from their original “Hyperconverged Secondary Storage” offering.


Cohesity – Harnessing the Power of Data

Ather Beg was able to have his cake and eat it too at Cloud Field Day. The cake came courtesy of Cohesity, but luckily it wasn’t even close to the best part of their presentation. In this post, he outlines the features, benefits and questions he has about the Cohesity DataPlatform, which was presented extensively at the event.


Cloud Field Day 4: Cohesity Wows Delegates (and Twitter!) with Cloud Demos

Cohesity’s Chris Colotti wrote up a post about his experience at Cloud Field Day this month. It was his first chance to be involved with a Field Day event, and came away finding it well worth it. Chris found it interesting for a company generally associated with secondary storage to make a case to the Cloud Field Day audience. He shares some live delegate responses from Twitter, and looks forward to continue engaging with the delegate community.


Microservices Are Something You Grow Into, Not Begin With

Nick Janetakis wrote up a piece looking at how developers should approach microservices. For Nick, this is something that should be organically grown into over time, not something you seek to create from the first line of code. He uses the example of LightStep to illustrate how this grows naturally in development, and when it’s worth it to pursue. Look for Nick to speak on a similar topic on an upcoming On-Premise IT Roundtable podcast, recorded at Cloud Field Day this month.


EP14:- A chat bout #CFD4, news and what to look forward to

On the OpenTechCast, Ather Beg talks about his experience at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. He looks at his experience signing up as a delegate, and reviews the companies he heard from. He highlights what stood out with LightStep, Cohesity, Aviatrix, and others. He also details a delegate trip to SETI Institute and some of the other activities not on our typical live stream.


Aviatrix – Cloud Networking Made Easy

Ather Beg was impressed by what he saw from Aviatrix at Cloud Field Day this month. They showed how their cloud networking approach can greatly simplify hybrid architectures, while keeping everything secure and scalable. Ather sees their solution as vital for organizations where cloud teams don’t have networking expertise, but have traditional networking needs when moving across clouds.


Aviatrix Simplifies Public Cloud Networking

In this piece, Keith Ward looks at how Aviatrix’s software-defined cloud routing is helping to make public cloud networking manageable and simple. After hearing from them at Cloud Field Day this month, Keith thinks their approach should find a ready home in enterprises with cloud-scale routing needs.


Aviatrix, the Cloud Networking solution designed around real-life use cases

Pietro Piutti was introduced to Aviatrix before Cloud Field Day this month, but he really got a deep dive into the company at an event. In this post, he looks at how the company makes Cloud Networking fast, easy and manageable. He then reviews some use cases for their solutions, and even looks at their possible solution for IPSec encryption bandwidth limitations.


SoftNAS Cloud: Cloud Unlocker Storage?

Ather Beg wrote up his thoughts on SoftNAS after seeing the company at Cloud Field Day this month. He found their SoftNAS Cloud solution to be interesting for organizations that need to get to the cloud, but don’t have the resources or the will to rearchitect their applications. For those customers, SoftNAS Cloud looks to be the “perfect solution.”


Move Your Data into the Cloud NOW with SoftNAS

Ken Nalbone got to hear from SoftNAS at Cloud Field Day this month. He thinks the question of whether the company offers a “cloud native” solution is less interesting than what their solution actually does: Enable customers to move large amounts of data without refactoring their applications for the public cloud. This has the potential to remove one of the biggest barrier of entry to the cloud.


Data Platform: the Cohesity solution to manage and optimize the fruition of enterprise data

Raff Poltronieri gives an overview of the Cohesity DataPlatform that he saw at Cloud Field Day this month in this piece. This is central to Cohesity’s vision for secondary storage, providing a unified space to access secondary data across a variety of uses, rather than have the same data replicated all over the place. All of this is exposed to open APIs, making it ideal for additional automation and orchestration.


First Impressions and Hands On With Cohesity

Chris Colotti may be a new hire for Cohesity, but that’s not stopping him from firing up Cohesity Virtual Edition in his home lab to get ready for VMworld. He agrees with what he heard from some of our Cloud Field Day delegates during the company’s presentation this month, the Cohesity Virtual Edition interface offers an impressively unified way to manage a cluster. In this post, he walks through deploying the software and some basic job set ups.


How SoftNAS Is Like the U.S. Marines

If you were designing a business from scratch, adopting a cloud native strategy might be obvious. But what about everyone else left on the cloud adoption spectrum? Keith Ward covers SoftNAS’s presentation from Cloud Field Day as an ideal solution for those companies. In his mind, they approach a “leave no man behind” approach to going to the cloud.


Tech Field Day – An Amazing Experience

Ather Beg attended his first Field Day event with Cloud Field Day this month. He definitely found it to be a rewarding experience. In this post, he outlines some of the behind the scenes elements that don’t get live streamed. This includes a look at what makes this event especially appealing for “techies”, trips to SETI Institute and In-n-Ou, and recording episodes of the On-Premise IT Roundtable. Overall the title of the post says is all, an amazing experience.