Predicting the Future of Technology Influencers

Take a look here at Chris Evans’ blog on the future of technical influencers! He goes into detail on events of 2022, being on-site versus remote, and how the pandemic has affected the IT industry.

Optimising Kubernetes With StormForge

At this past Cloud Field Day, StormForge presented two solutions to optimize for range of metrics, including cost and performance. In this post from Chris Evans, he digs into the requirement for the technology and how it might evolve. Take a look at his thoughts here!

NetApp – Transformation, Bifurcation or Re-Invention?

Chris Evans, a Field Day delegate, attended this past Cloud Field Day where NetApp presented on using cloud native services to build a hybrid cloud and discussed the purchase of a start-up company. Chris’ question still remains if this is a transformation, bifurcation or re-invention for NetApp. Check out his thoughts here.

Kubernetes Clusters – Pets or Cattle?

Chris Evan attended this past Cloud Field Day as a delegate. He was particularly intrigued by the team from Kasten by Veeam. Kasten demonstrated the ability to use Hashicorp Vault for key management of the K10 platform and to use Grafana for visualization. Check our Chris’ thoughts here!

Cloud Field Day 13 – Presenter Previews

Chris Evans will be joining the Tech Field Day team in San Jose, California, as a delegate, for the upcoming Cloud Field Day! Take a look at what the presenting companies will be discussing and what might form part of the technical presentations.

VMworld 2021 – Bringing It All Together With Project Ensemble

On his personal site, Architecting, Chris Evans writes his takeaways from VMware’s VMworld 2021. Specifically, he compares VMware’s Project Ensemble, displayed at the event, to other products such as those presented at a past Cloud Field Day event by Morpheus Data, in a past Tech Field Day appearance by Platform9, and the products displayed by ZeroStack during a Virtualization Field Day event, which he attended at as a delegate. Click the link below for more context behind these comparisons.

StorPool Review – Part 1 – Installation & Configuration

While attending Storage Field Day in 2019 as a delegate, Chris Evans had the chance to see StorPool present and was impressed with the their software. Chris just wrote the first part of a deep dive on StorPool and “how the distributed storage architecture works, how it performs and how it integrates into an on-premises public cloud strategy.” In Part 1, he takes an in-depth look into the underlying architecture and the concepts of the software as a whole. Be sure to check out the deep dive from Chris as well as the videos from StorPool’s multiple presentations on our website!

Making Money in Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Chris Evans joined us as a delegate at Tech Field Day in 2011, where he saw Nutanix, and in 2019, where he saw Scale Computing. In this post for Architecting IT, Chris analyzes the benefits and advancements of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), looking at Scale Computing’s growth and noting Nutanix’s success. For more of his thoughts, check out this blog!

The Future of Commvault Is Metallic

Chris Evans was a delegate at Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2019 and had the chance to see Commvault launch their Metallic platform. With Commvault’s announcement earlier this year of a significant expansion of Metallic, Chris has some thoughts on their transition and path forward. Writing for Architecting IT, Chris reviews the history of the product and says that the future of Commvault is completely intertwined with the success of the Metallic platform. Check out the post from Chris as well as the videos from Tech Field Day Exclusive Commvault Go 2019 on our website!

The Rise, Fall and End of Violin Memory

What happened to Violin Memory? The company was once a pioneer in the flash storage market but failed to adapt to the moving marketplace. Teo CEO changes later, and the company has just been sold to StorCentric. How did Violin go from boom to bust in just a few short years? Tech Field Day delegate Chris Evans takes a look at Violin’d story.

Pure Storage Acquires Portworx

There’s big news in the storage world this week as Pure Storage announces they are acquiring Portworx. Writing for Architecting IT, Chris Evans notes that he had the chance to see the CTO of Portworx present in another capacity at the very first Tech Field Day event in 2009. Chris writes that Pure Storage has made a significant move that will help them expand options for their customers. Pure Storage clearly has a long-term strategy planned out, and it will be interesting to see what they decide to do next.

Pure Storage Announces FlashRecover

Chris Evans, a frequent delegate at our Tech Field Day events, writes about the partnership between Pure Storage and Cohesity on the new FlashRecover solution. Chris analyzes and reviews the design for the new system as well as the implications for consumers. Be sure to give his analysis a read and take a look at the past Pure Storage and Cohesity Storage Field Day presentations on our website!

The Rationale Behind Nutanix Clusters

Chris Evans has been following Nutanix closely since he saw them present at Tech Field Day back in 2011. He has been impressed with how they have evolved and developed the Nutanix Cloud Platform over the years. Chris writes about their newly announced Nutanix Clusters and considers how the new offering compares to other trends and products currently available.

Dell PowerProtect Data Manager – A Missed Opportunity

Chris Evans got to hear a lot about Dell PowerProtect Data Manager at Tech Field Day Presents Dell Technologies: Power Up the Portfolio. This included a demo of the data protection solution, and an architectural deep dive. For Ethan, this product represents that careful line that Dell EMC has to tread, trying to both serve the thousands of customers it acquired with the EMC merger, while addressing modern data protection needs of new customers. PPDM is designed to cater more to the former in Ethan’s eyes. Going forward, he’s looking forward to getting a better understanding of Dell EMC’s overall data protection roadmap and learning how they protect cloud and SaaS-based apps as well.

VMware to Acquire Datrium

For Chris Evans, VMware’s approach to disaster recovery had seemed to take a pretty old school approach of emulating array-based replication, based on what he saw at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. This left a potential gap in their approach, that seems to have been filled by their recently announced acquisition of Datrium. This now gives VMware a modern DR solution that stands up to competing offerings, and adds a data mobility solution that extends out of the private data center and allows data migrations between public clouds.

Dell Power and the Challenge of Modernisation

In this post, Chris Evans looks at Dell EMC’s new storage portfolio, something they detailed during their Tech Field Day Presents Dell Technologies: Power Up the Portfolio presentations. For Chris, it’s interesting to see the company moving on from it’s existing offerings, many of which have been around for decades, and come from the acquisition of EMC in 2016. The company has done a good job updating these solutions, but Chris sees consolidation and a clear roadmap as the key to their storage future. Both of these were on display at the event.

Managing Data Migration Challenges

Data migration is a thankless task that needs to be performed periodically during hardware refreshes, and of course, regularly to keep expensive storage systems tidy. Fortunately, for traditional block-based workloads, the introduction of technologies like server virtualization have taken most of the pain out of the process. However, migrating unstructured data still seems to represent a challenge. As a result, we see solutions from companies like Hammerspace and Komprise looking to both ease the process and take advantage of hybrid multi-cloud configurations. In this piece Chris Evans looks at what both companies presented at Storage Field Day to held meet this challenge.

Fixing the X86 Problem

Much like the IBM Mainframes that preceded it, the x86 architecture is getting long in the tooth. While still ubiquitous across enterprise and consumer devices, the once standard architecture is seeing competition at all sides, as performance scaling and process enhancements have slowed. Chris Evans highlight Persando’s presentation from Cloud Field Day as an example of this. They use an ARM-based SmartNIC that can be programmed with P4 to offload network functions workloads from x86 and realize substantial performance gains. Chris sees the further disaggregation of compute, networking and storage as a result of these kind of innovative offload solutions.

Moving to Unstructured Data Stores

Words mean things. So when Chris Evans saw the storage industry turning away from object stores and embracing the term “unstructured data store,” he needed to see if there was any merit to the change in naming convention. For Chris, object storage as a term has some baggage, even if the technology born in the 90s is more relevant than ever. Object storage is often synonymous with low-cost, low-performance storage. With innovative companies like Vast Data using what is traditionally viewed as object storage for spreading data across hundreds or thousands of NVMe drives, if might just require new terminology to connote the change in use cases. Be sure to check out more about Vast Data with their recent Storage Field Day presentation.

Managing Massive Media

Chris Evans looks at the state of throughput for mechanical hard drives in this post. While spinning disks may be seen as a legacy technology by some, they are still used widely across many industries and applications. The problem comes when looking at random access to these, and the physical limitations imposed by how they operate. In this regard, random read performance has barely nudged for hard drives in over a decade. Western Digital discussed how they were trying to address these issues at Storage Field Day, and how they are using things like zoned hard drives to also help alleviate future concerns with increasingly dense SSDs. Because many of these approaches require a degree of application support, Chris think both system manufacturers and software-defined storage developers will have to take these approaches into consideration.