HashiCorp Consul Meshes Well With Modern Applications

At Cloud Field Day 6, HashiCorp presented that they are on a mission to help customers unlock the cloud operating model by addressing several key problem areas, including development, security, provisioning and networking. With its comprehensive vision for helping customers transition to a cloud operating model, and its emphasis on service-specific network security with Consul, HashiCorp is doing its part to make this vision a reality.

Hammerspace Wants to Be Your Cross-Cloud Data Platform

The challenge of data management is something organizations have struggled with for decades. Within the storage market, the race has been on to provide customers with a solution that helps ease the burden associated with data management within the data center and across clouds. At Cloud Field Day 6, Hammerspace presents the answer customers are looking for.

NetApp NKS and Hybrid Cloud

If you’ve been following IT at all in the past few years, you’ll have seen Kubernetes gaining popularity as a standard for running containerized applications across multiple platforms either in public or private cloud. But Kubernetes is not the easiest solution to deploy and maintain, hence the emergence of different service offerings around it. In this post, Chris Evans digs into NetApp Kubernetes Service, which the company went into detail about at Cloud Field Day last year. This offering came out of NetApp’s acquisition of StackPointCloud in 2018. For Chris, the question of “why NetApp” for a Kubernetes service is answered by the company’s embrace of the public cloud in their strategy, with NKS an enabler of their overall Data Fabric concept.

Kubernetes and Traffic Lights

It’s no secret that Keith Townsend is skeptical of the IT hype machine that is Kubernetes. In this post, he compares it to upgrading traffic light orchestration systems to help ease congestion. The drivers only care that it helps congestion, not what system is running. That’s why he’s impressed with what he saw from Solo IO at Cloud Field Day. They embrace namespaces in their solution, allowing you to consume infrastructure without worrying about the orchestrator. Read the full piece for all the details.

Cloud Field Day 6: LucidLink

Lino Telera is no stranger to Cloud Field Day, so it was great to have him at our latest event. In this post, he reviews and tests what he heard from LucidLink at the event. They showed off their solution for high performance object storage across teams, and Lino’s initial testing backed that up.

Solo.io: It’s All About Abstraction

Ather Beg heard from Solo IO at Cloud Field Day. For a newer startup, Ather was impressed by their API Gateway/Service Mesh technologies. Their efforts to abstract and simplify interfaces is important, it turns these technologies into simple providers that can be replaced transparently, as well as make them easier to consume.

Ned in the Cloud LLC – Six Month Check-In

Ned Bellavance took a big leap, moving from consulting into starting his own business. After six month, Ned catches us up on how the journey has been. He’s started the Day Two Cloud podcast, attended Cloud Field Day, and discovered the travails of time management. We’re excited to see where he goes with the company in the next six months.

Multi-Cloud Management With Morpheus Data

Chris Williams attended Cloud Field Day earlier this year, his first event with the Field Day family. At the event he got to hear from Morpheus Data. He was particularly impressed that the company has a set of tools for Devs, Ops, and business use cases, which are specifically designed to be implemented without disrupting existing provisioning/integration/pipeline solutions. He looks at some use cases in this piece.

ExtraHop the Modern Solution for Cloud Traffic Inspection

Nate Avery attended Cloud Field Day earlier this year, and got to hear from ExtraHop. They discussed their Reveal(x) product which solves the problem of packet inspection in clouds such as AWS. Since the cloud doesn’t have the same port mirroring technologies available as on-prem hardware, Reveal(x) offers very unique capabilities.

Monitoring Cloud Network Traffic With ExtraHop

If you’re moving data to the cloud, you need visibility to ensure you’re secure. Tom Hollingsworth talks about ExtraHop Reveal(x) and how they can provide the visibility you need no matter where your data lives.

LucidLink’s Clearly Different Approach to Object Storage

We have seen a few products crop up over the years that attempt enable use of object storage in nontraditional ways. These solutions usually use a VM or appliance that acts as a gateway or cache. While this type of approach is useful for certain use cases, it is not necessarily optimal for all. It is particularly ill-suited for the mobile and geographically dispersed workforces previously mentioned. Recently at Cloud Field Day 6, we heard about a new approach to leveraging object storage in the enterprise from LucidLink.

Appearance – Gestalt IT at CFD6

During Cloud Field Day in September, Gestalt IT recorded a series of discussions for Dell Technologies Cloud. Along with Kati Lehmuskoski and Ather Beg, Nate Avery discussed the future of enterprise cloud with Nick Brackney. In this post, Nate includes all three interviews.

LucidLink Filespaces: It’s Object Storage but Not as You Know It

Object storage is known for being cheap and durable, but not really made to act as a file system. That’s why Ather Beg found LucidLinks’ presentation at Cloud Field Day so interesting. They showed off LucidLink Filespaces, a cloud-based file system that is built exclusively for object-based storage. He’s intrigued how the company separated metadata from the data itself and factored in the availability of reliable high-speed connectivity to bridge this gap and create this solution that provides global file systems access with the durability and cost-effectiveness of object storage.

Talent Is Heavier Than Data

In this piece, Keith Townsend considers the impact of human talent on data gravity. The holy grail is to have data available instantly when you need it. There are literal physical limits to how possible this is, and he recently completed a video at Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO talking about some of the use cases and the capabilities of their Activate product in regards to metadata. At Cloud Field Day, he heard from Hammerspace, which looks at how to mitigate data gravity issues with a very unique solution.

Silicon Valley Goes Multi-Cloud

Kati Lehmuskoski joined us as a delegate at Cloud Field Day and saw two general focuses from the presenting companies: multi-cloud operations and data security. In this post, she breaks down what impressed her from each presentation, from solving data challenges with Hammerspace and LucidLink, to the DevOps automation solutions from Morpheus Data, and Solo.io’s impressive CEO.

CFD6 – Hashicorp

Larry Smith was very excited to hear from HashiCorp at Cloud Field Day. As a stalwart in the open-source world, Larry had a lot of interest in what they would talk about. They spent their time doing a deep dive into Consul, a set of tools around service mesh. There was a lot to go over so be sure to read the whole piece, then check out the videos from the presentation.

NetApp and the Cloud Conundrum

Ned Bellavance got to hear from NetApp at Cloud Field Day. Being traditionally thought of as a storage company, it might have struck some as a little odd to see them at the event. But Ned does a great job of breaking down the challenges the cloud has presented to a company like NetApp, and how the company’s strategy indicates they have a plan to stay relevant for a long time.

Cloud Field Day–Solo.io

Joey D’Antoni definitely got a lot out of Cloud Field Day, and we’ve loved seeing his write ups about the presentations. In this post, he turns his gaze to Solo.io. They provide a modern API gateway that securely bridges modern applications like Lamba or Azure functions to both monolithic applications as well as modern databases running in Kubernetes pods.

Data-As-A-Service by Hammerspace

Hammerspace returned to Cloud Field Day to show more details about their Data-as-a-Service offering to the delegates. Rita Younger was definitely impressed by their solution, which offers a true software-defined data management approach that lets organizations abstract data from the infrastructure that serves it up. It has some interesting implications which Rita details in her piece.

Solo.io at Cloud Field Day 6 – solo.io

In this post, Solo.io details what they presented at Cloud Field Day, their first time at the event. Their presentation centered around the company’s solutions for helping companies build and deploy new microservices applications, then add service mesh technologies to environments, while providing an application health toolkit designed specifically for multi-language microservices. Check out the full video for all the details.