Cloud Field Day 18: After-Action Perspective From the Delegates

We loved Nathan Bennett’s group Cloud Field Day after-action report video and wrote up an article to go with it at Gestalt IT. The event offered a platform for tech companies to showcase their developments and gain feedback from our delegates. Juniper Networks presenting their AI integration into Apstra, while Mezmo impressed with its telemetry capabilities and user-friendly interface. Long-standing industry player, VMware, was noted for its adaptability in the multi-cloud environment, proving that the evolving tech landscape remains exciting and innovative. Get the delegate reaction to all the presentations in this video!

Cloud Field Day 18 – After Action Report

This “after-action report” is a YouTube video featuring a group of Cloud Field Day delegates discussing the presentations and content from our recent event. Organized by Nathan Bennett, these videos give an immediate and unvarnished look at the presentations.

Juniper Networks at Cloud Field Day 18

At Cloud Field Day this week, Juniper Networks demonstrated their innovative approach towards data center and cloud networking, with an emphasis on their 2020 acquisition of Apstra. The technology presents automation solutions that reduce risk of misconfiguration and speed up the work process for network operators, using features such as intent-based networking, AI-driven insights, and application awareness. According to Eric Wright, the presentations underscored the significance of automation and data-driven optimization in achieving reliable, consistent, and resilient network management, especially in the dynamically evolving landscape of AI and ML.

VMware at Cloud Field Day 18

Eric Wright provides an extensive recap of VMware’s appearance at Cloud Field Day 18. The presentation focused on application centricity, with VMware showcasing its Tanzu Intelligence tools designed to optimize processes like cloud migration, application and infrastructure observability, and cost management. Eric praises VMware’s efforts to consolidate functions and create a unified user experience in addressing modern application infrastructure.

WEKA at Cloud Field Day 18

Eric Wright explores the benefits and functionalities of the WEKA Data Platform, a system born in 2017 that is performance-oriented and cost-optimized for major cloud providers including AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud. The platform stands out for being user-friendly, highly resilient, and providing a hybrid model for both private and cloud hosting. Furthermore, it’s designed to efficiently handle AI and ML workloads, offers attractive features for data enthusiasts such as snapshot capabilities, and provides remarkable storage over standard protocols to multiple clouds.

AMD Is Doing Great Things at Cloud Field Day 18

In a this post, Eric Wright reviews AMD’s innovations and their impact on cloud applications, particularly focusing on the industry pioneer’s EPYC processors. He praises AMD’s cloud-centric approach, their Dom0 concept for efficient resource offloading, and their chiplet architecture that contributes to system optimization. By delivering high-performance, efficient usage of resources, and maintaining a cost-effective balance, AMD continues to push advancements in cloud technology.

Prosimo Is Proudly Back at Cloud Field Day 18

Eric Wright discusses the innovative approach of Prosimo, a platform that facilitates multi-cloud and multi-platform interconnectivity. The article emphasizes Prosimo’s ability to simplify cloud networking complexities. Wright appreciates Prosimo’s ability to function in both new and existing environments, its provision of unified solutions, and its ability to make changes safely and efficiently while providing clear visibility to the user.

Introducing Mezmo at Cloud Field Day 18

Eric Wright provides an in-depth look at Mezmo’s telemetry pipeline solution, which was unveiled at Cloud Field Day 18. Mezmo, formerly known as LogDNA, collects, transforms, and routes telemetry data to understand and optimize data, thereby controlling costs and enhancing actionability. The blog particularly praises Mezmo’s user-friendly interface and their ability to make log data more valuable by enriching it with context.

Mind the Gap Between Hyperscale and Enterprise IT

Stephen Foskett and Cloud Field Day delegates Allyson Klein, Eric Wright, and Nathan Bennett examine the gap between hypserscale and enterprise IT in this episode of the On-Premise IT podcast. The episode’s guests scrutinize the disparities across numerous areas, including AI and sustainability. They propose that these differences stem from the influence hyperscalers have on technological developments and discuss the importance of bridging the hypserscale-enterprise IT gap.

JetStream Software at Cloud Field Day 17

In this article, Eric Wright reacts to the JetStream Software presentation from Cloud Field Day 17. JetStream Software showcased its disaster recovery (DR) solution for VMware, delivering a DBaaS platform that ensures extremely low recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO). The architecture of the platform depends on JetStream Management Server appliance, IO filters, DR Replication Virtual Appliance, and object storage. Continuous failover facilitates near-zero RTO, whereas runbooks initiate recovery sequences scheduled on a manual, automated, or timely basis while allowing control to switch recovery site protection to an alternate site to minimize operational costs.

Couchbase at Cloud Field Day 17

In this article, Eric Wright reacts to the Couchbase presentation from Cloud Field Day 17. Couchbase Capella is a promising database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform for developers majorly focused on NoSQL. The platform targets performance and scalability needs while providing a flexible, unified and multi-tenant environment for all data services. Couchbase Capella is a cloud database platform for modern applications and showcases exceptional performance and functionality in a simple, fast, and affordable manner.

Zerto at Cloud Field Day 17

In this article, Eric Wright reacts to the Zerto presentation from Cloud Field Day 17. Zerto has launched version 10 of their platform which introduces several new features following their focus on ransomware resilience solutions. The product offers real-time discovery capabilities, a visualization tool named Zerto Analytics, a REST API documented with Swagger for interoperability, and a Vault to protect and store the company’s objects from ransomware threats, among many other functions. Zerto 10 is ideal for enterprises with significant VMware estates, as it tackles orchestration and automation to deliver self-service and manage hybrid clouds and modernize applications.

Morpheus Data at Cloud Field Day 17

In this article, Eric Wright reacts to the Morpheus Data presentation from Cloud Field Day 17. Morpheus Data is recognized as a leading platform for hybrid cloud management, proficient in the day-to-day orchestration the cloud for companies with VMware and public cloud IaaS infrastructure. The platform offers exceptional usability and operational simplicity to support developers, cloud administrators and operations teams with their distinct tasks and different environments, such as client/server, microservices-based applications on containerized environments. Morpheus Data focuses on lifecycle management, provides built-in templates and plugins and integrates monitoring tools to enable its clients to manage hybrid clouds and rebuild their applications in a cost-effective, efficient and secure way while enhancing agility with reduced cloud cost, rapid deployment, and faster provisioning.

RackN at Cloud Field Day 17

In this article, Eric Wright reacts to the RackN presentation from Cloud Field Day 17. RackN is a versatility platform with capabilities in distributed infrastructure orchestration, automation, and lifecycle. The company provides a solution for enterprise infrastructure management by focusing on resiliency and speed in operations that free up resources, reduce toil, and enable faster deployments. RackN leverages RackN Digital Rebar as a vendor-neutral infrastructure-as-code automation platform that enables IaC automation with reusable workflows and empowers developers to use their tool of choice, providing a highly reliable and consistent DevOps experience.

HYCU and R-Cloud at Cloud Field Day 17

In this article, Eric Wright reacts to the HYCU presentation from Cloud Field Day 17. HYCU is aiming to tackle the significant risk and attack vectors present in an enterprise’s data protection. The explosion of data and increasing number of data-centric services being part of IT portfolios puts all data at risk for loss, data modifications, and ransomware. HYCU is leveraging its team’s diverse background and application-awareness approach to integrate partner products and apply data protection policies to simplify and optimize data protection across distribution systems and software as a service platforms. The company’s R-cloud platform further supports this effort by providing a low-code development structure for data protection solutions.

Cloud Field Day 15 – Day Three

While back on-site for our hybrid Cloud Field Day, some delegates got together and discussed what they saw from RackN on Day Three. Nathan Bennett, Jim Jones, Lino Telera, Ray Lucchesi, Eric Wright, and Calvin Hendryx-Parker all sat down to give their in-depth thoughts from the day along with a brief recap from other presentations throughout the week. Take a look here or visit Nathan’s YouTube channel for more!

Cloud Field Day 15 – Day One

Field Day delegate, Nathan Bennett, is joined by delegate, Eric Wright to discuss the first day of September’s Cloud Field Day. In this video, they both go into detail on presentations from Prosimo, Google Cloud, and Kentik. If you want to learn more, watch the video here, or visit Nathan’s YouTube channel.

It Started With a Blog…

In his most recent post, Eric Wright talks about his very first experience with Stephen Foskett and Tech Field Day at 2014’s Virtualization Field Day! He goes into more detail on how these small interactions made a huge impact in his career. We love to hear feedback like this from our delegates, check out what else Eric has to say!

They Call it Evangelist for a Reason

Tech Field Day delegate turned presenter Eric Wright was a guest on the Influence Marketing Podcast. They talked about building his role as a Technical Evangelist at Turbonomic, and the importance of maintaining a community above simply marketing or a traditional advocacy program.

Tech Field Day 14 Recap: Community and the Turbonomic Vision

Turbonomic’s Eric Wright shares a blog post detailing what the company presented about at Tech Field Day earlier this month. This includes their vastly revamped HTML5 UI, which allows for users to easily see their virtual supply chain. This is a visualization of every part of a given infrastructure that effects application performance. Make sure to check out the full video if you missed the livestream during the presentation.