Scale Computing Removes Problems at the Edge

“Scale Computing’s approach of removing the burden of routine tasks and fault remediation from customers is widely liked.” In this article presented by Scale Computing, Alastair Cooke discusses how Scale Computing is solving problems at the edge. Read his full thoughts on the Gestalt IT website, and watch Scale Computing’s full presentation from Edge Field Day on the Tech Field Day YouTube channel.

Thousands of Containers Without Kubernetes?

“If you need to manage container applications at your distributed edge, look at Avassa’s videos and the other presenters at Edge Field Day.” Alastair Cooke had great things to say about Avassa after attending their presentation at Edge Field Day in February. Read his full thoughts on his website, and watch Avassa’s presentation on the Tech Field Day Youtube Channel.

Unraveling the Key Themes of Edge Computing – a Roundtable Discussion

In this article Sulagna Saha summarizes the thoughts and impressions of delegates on the key themes that dominated the presentations at the recent Edge Field Day event. Check out her article at Gestalt IT, or watch the roundtable discussion here at

Edge Is Not Just Cloud or Datacenter

Even though most of the technologies and infrastructure elements are the same, the nature of edge comping is entirely different. This episode of On-Premise IT features Edge Field Day delegates Enrico Signoretti, Allyson Klein, and Alastair Cooke discussing these differences with Stephen Foskett. Check out the full podcast on Gestalt IT’s Youtube channel.

Deploying Applications Across Edge Locations With Mako Networks and Avassa

In this Roundtable discussion with Mako Networks and Avassa, we hear from co-founders from both companies about deploying applications at scale at the edge. Watch how the conversation unfolded between Stephen Foskett, Simon Gamble, Carl Moberg, Ben Young, and Alastair Cooke on Gestalt IT’s Youtube channel.

Mako Networks, I Haven’t Heard That Name in Years

In this article, Alastair Cooke gives his pre-presentation thoughts on Mako Networks. Read his current knowledge on past and present Mako Networks products on his website, and catch the full presentation on the Tech Field Day website this week!

The Scale Computing Edge

Alastair Cooke is thrilled to talk to Scale Computing about their “complete transformation from an HCI provider to small businesses into a provider of edge computing for massive companies,” at the first Edge Field Day this week! Read his thoughts on his website.

What Is Your Edge?

Alastair Cooke and Charles Uneze got to talking about Edge Compute in lieu of our upcoming Edge Field Day! In Alastair’s post, he covers his thought on near-edge, far-edge, IoT, and Edge Population. Be sure to check out his thoughts before tuning into February’s Edge Field Day!

VVols, Oh VVols, Wherefore Art Thou VVols?

The Pure Storage presentation at VMware Explore 2022 inspired Alastair Cooke to start thinking more about VVOLS. During this presentation, Alastair was wondering “is this event still a thing”, and soon realized that many storage vendors are actively using VVOLS and vSphere 7! He goes into details on VVOLS and VMFS, check out his thoughts here and how it will help your storage design.

Multi-Cloud Mobility – MinIO

In his latest blog, Alastair Cooke, a Field Day delegate, talks about the presentation from MinIO at this past Tech Field Day. Check out his thoughts here!

Faster Reaction Time With Hazelcast

Alastair Cooke writes about his time watching Hazelcast’s Cloud Field Day presentation as a delegate in this post. Specifically, he talks about how their products showcased help IT organizations speed up their operations. Read the whole piece for context.

You Can Save Money on Your Insurance, OK Your DR

VMware was one of our presenters at Tech Field Day back in December, and they caught the attention of Field Day delegate Alastair Cooke. Writing for his blog, Alastair takes a look at Disaster Recovery options including VMware’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) product. He says that, much like insurance, Disaster Recovery products can be expensive and might feel unnecessary until you really need it most. Check out his thoughts on VMware’s DRaaS on his blog or check out the Tech Field Day presentations on our website!

I Want Network Integration, I’m Not Getting It

At Cloud Field Day, Alastair Cooke was interested in hearing from AWS and VMware about how they are approaching network connectivity and integration between the two. He’s not a fan of point solutions that function or are managed differently; they add up to more problems. While the two showed a lot of interesting integrations, ultimately he’d like to see VMware on AWS networking fully integrated with the AWS VPC network as an equal to VPC. For now, there are a collection of workable solutions involving virtual interfaces, VPNs, and proprietary network bridging (HCX).

Hardware Offloads, Not Everything Is X86

Alastair Cooke takes a look at why x86 isn’t the only option anymore for organizations looking to solve computing problems. This trend has been going on for a while, with GPUs finding new roles handling highly parallelized workloads in ML and AI. But he also highlights how NGD Systems is putting ARM cores inside SSDs to provide computation storage. He’s also looking forward to hearing about the Pensando Distributed Services Card at Cloud Field Day, which appears to offer hardware offloading for software-defined edge services, aimed at telcos. We can’t wait to hear what he thinks of their presentation!

Cloud Field Day 7 – Who Will Be Presenting?

Alastair Cooke will be joining us virtually for Cloud Field Day later in April. Instead of the jetlag that comes from crossing an ocean to usually be at an event, he’ll instead be up early to join the other delegates for the presentations. Though a virtual event, he’s looking forward to the same in-depth technical presentations, the opportunity to ask direct questions to the presenters, and the great conversations with the other delegates. In this post, he runs down what he’s looking forward to from each of the presenters. This includes a mix of Field Day stalwarts like Aruba, VMware, and Solarwinds, with newer companies to the event series, like Stellus and Pensando. Be sure to mark your calendar to join the live stream to watch the event along with Alastair.

Cohesity at Tech Field Day in 2019

Alastair Cooke is getting ready for Storage Field Day, and is particularly excited to hear from Cohesity. He’s familiar with the company, but has never seen them live at a Field Day event yet. If you need to do your homework to get up to speed on their solutions, be sure to check out this post from Alastair, which organizes all of our video coverage of their past presentations.

Vendor Briefing: Scale Computing Edge Solution

Alastair Cooke has been watching Scale Computing in the industry for a number of years now, and has seen an impressive evolution in the company. They have been gradually moving from solutions aimed at budget-conscious small businesses to a scalable solution for distributed enterprises. This change has been built on innovative multi-cluster management and scaling down the required minimums for deploying at a site. Their most recent announced was the HC150,, a HCI appliance built on an Intel NUC. Be sure to check out all their Tech Field Day presentation videos for a technical deep dive on all their innovations.

Pure Accelerates With Direct Memory Module

Alastair Cooke, discusses the new tier of storage for the FlashArray//X, Direct Memory Module, which was announced during Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2019.

GIT Pure Flash Array//C Returns to the Beginning

Alastair Cooke was as a delegate for Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2019. Here he shares a review of the capacity and performance of Pure Storage’s new array series. Pure provides lots of technical deep dives of all their big announcements at the event, be sure to check out our video coverage.

Pure Cloud Block Store Available on AWS

Alastair Cooke attended Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2019, and got to see a number of technical deep dive presentations on the major new solution announced at the event. In this post he digs into Pure Cloud Block Store on AWS.