Excitement Abounds at Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live EMEA 2024

Tech Field Day is ready to bring more insightful content at Cisco Live EMEA 2024 in Amsterdam, making an early impact with a schedule full of authoritative presentations from Cisco, IP Fabric, and NetBox Labs. The event kicks off with Cisco Enterprise Networking, including Meraki, followed by the Mass Scale Infrastructure team with intriguing new developments. Tune in for the live streams, join engaging security and networking discussions, and for those not in Europe, replays will be available on the Tech Field Day YouTube channel, ensuring no one misses out on this must-attend tech gathering.

Asking the Right Question About the Wireless Future

Tom Hollingsworth comments on Nick Swiatecki’s hesitations about the transition to Wi-Fi 7 during Cisco’s Mobility Field Day presentation. Tom highlights why the technology may not be ready for widespread adoption. His presentation underscored the gap between infrastructure readiness and client device compatibility with new wireless standards, likening premature deployments to utilizing cables incompatible with client Ethernet connections. His insights reinforce that while hardware progresses, significant performance gains are achieved through iterative improvements and harmonization of technology, rather than rushing to adopt the latest version number.

Wrapping Up a Year of Wireless With Mobility Field Day 10

Mobility Field Day 10, set to take place on November 15-16, 2023, promises a varied lineup of presentations from Cisco, Wyebot, Nile, and Ventev, offering cutting-edge solutions in wireless and mobility technology. This two-day event will feature a mixture of hardware reveals, technology updates, and discussions about the future of wireless tech. Viewers can tune into the live presentations streamed on the Tech Field Day website and join the conversation on the Tech Field Day LinkedIn page.

Setting a Foundation for Security With Security Field Day 10

Tom Hollingsworth announces Security Field Day 10, a virtual event on November 8, which will showcase presentations from Forward Networks and Druva. Forward Networks will introduce their innovative platform that efficiently diagnoses and remediates issues, while Druva will discuss their latest technological advances in data protection. The event will be live-streamed on LinkedIn and posted to YouTube!

Does Automation Require Reengineering?

Tom Hollingsworth explores the nuanced relationship between automation and pre-existing systems. He argues that while automation can expedite processes and reduce errors, it doesn’t necessarily improve or fundamentally change a system with inherent issues. He suggests that instead of investing valuable time in automating a flawed system, resources could be more effectively spent on reengineering the processes in a way that truly solves underlying issues and generates more value.

Navigating Data Security at the Edge

Security is one of the most debated areas in edge computing. In this delegate roundtable recorded at the recent Edge Field Day event, the panel uncovers the risks and security limitations of edge sites. Watch the roundtable or read the article at Gestalt IT that talks about navigating these risks.

Finishing Strong With Networking Field Day 33

Tech Field Day is back with the final Networking Field Day event of 2023, live on October 25 and 26, and featuring presentations from Graphiant, Cisco, RG Nets, Nokia, Fortinet, and Intel. Tom Hollingsworth and company anticipate exciting updates on growth, debut products, and new technology advancements in areas like SD-WAN, SASE, optical networking, digital experience monitoring, and sustainable networking solutions. The event will stream live on LinkedIn and the Networking Field Day 33 event page, encouraging audience engagement and inquiries.

Life on the Edge – a Roundtable Discussion

Some of the biggest discussions happening in IT are around edge computing. Based on a roundtable discussion from the recent Networking Field Day event, this article throws light on what IT insiders think of this new computing paradigm, and the course it will take in the ever-shifting IT landscape. Read the article at Gestalt IT, or watch the Delegate Roundtable Discussion on the website.

Modernizing the Extranet With Alkira

Extranets, also known as B2B networks, are essential for organizations to connect and provide additional services to each other. While this market has been dominated by a few providers, the lack of competition often leads to delays in provisioning connections. Fortunately, Alkira has introduced Extranet-as-a-Service, leveraging zero trust network architecture and cloud networking advancements to offer a more secure, scalable, and cost-effective alternative. With a familiar dashboard and consumption-based pricing, Alkira’s solution simplifies extranet management and enables secure data exchange, even in complex acquisition scenarios. Read more in this LinkedIn article by Tom Hollingsworth!

Ways to Amplify Unvalued Security Teams in Organizations

The security staff is often the most unappreciated members of a workforce. It is a problem that seems to be at the root of its failings. With the exponential growth of networks and the increasing number of breaches, it is clear that security is a pressing issue. However, there is a lack of awareness and understanding surrounding the imperfections and limitations of security measures. It is essential for organizations to elevate awareness, forge a cohesive internal culture, and invest in the right tools and training to support their security teams. Additionally, responsible packaging and marketing from vendors can help buyers make informed decisions. Ultimately, removing obstacles and valuing security specialists is essential for ensuring cyber resilience. Watch the delegates from the recent Security Field Day event explore this at a roundtable discussion.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Tom Hollingsworth interviews Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink, in this Tech Field Day delegate spotlight. Roy shares his journey from network software engineer to product management and eventually transitioning into the analyst space with his research and analysis service, AvidThink. He discusses the challenges of staying up-to-date in the rapidly evolving technology landscape and highlights the value of focusing on targeted and cutting-edge areas. Welcome to the Tech Field Day community, Roy!

Summer Field Day Fun at Networking Field Day 32

The summer edition of Networking Field Day is set to be an exciting event with presentations from top companies to an excellent panel of delegates. Join us on Wednesday, July 26th to hear from Broadcom about their latest advancements in Ethernet for AI and ML networking. We’ll also have a delegate roundtable discussion on pressing networking issues and the opportunity for you to add your voice to the conversation. Then we’ve got Nile talking network as a service. Thursday morning has Anuta presenting their flagship ATOM platform. Don’t miss out on the live streaming and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn for updates!

Cross Training for Career Completeness

The importance of cross-training with different technology disciplines is emphasized in a thought-provoking blog post by Tom Hollingsworth. Drawing inspiration from martial artist Bruce Lee, the author highlights the value of incorporating new skills and knowledge into one’s expertise to stay relevant in the ever-evolving tech industry. Using the example of wireless engineers understanding the bigger security picture, the article encourages professionals to embrace cross-training and see the bigger picture to have a successful and prolonged career.

Safe and Sound at Security Field Day 9

Security Field Day 9 promises to showcase how security companies and teams are addressing ever-evolving cybersecurity threats to keep users safe. A lineup of prominent security companies will present their innovative solutions to reduce security risks, ensuring a better and secure user experience. Broadcasting live on June 28 and 29, we will see presentations from Commvault, HashiCorp, NetAlly, Cisco, Cribl, and Noname Security, highlighting their approach to enhancing data security and protection focused on critical areas such as backups and disaster recovery, multi-cloud defense, and Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Learn more about Security Field Day in this video featuring Tom Hollingsworth!

Excitement in the Air With Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live US 2023

Tech Field Day Extra returns to Cisco Live US 2023, featuring presentations from Cisco as well as Opengear and BackBox, streaming live on June 6 and 7. Tuesday begins with Opengear, followed by Cisco Enterprise, ThousandEyes, and Security. Wednesday features a presentation from BackBox and more presentations Cisco focused on IoT, Cloud and Compute, and Secure Policy. Check out the live stream on LinkedIn and the Tech Field Day website!

The Power of Expertise at Ventev

Tom Hollingsworth explores Ventev’s capabilities in wireless antennas and enclosures. The company has experts in IoT and industrial segments, and provides solutions for a variety of wireless challenges, including hostile environments. Ventev’s IoT solutions, such as the integrated enclosure solution that matches Aruba switches, include AC, DC power, and UPS, ensuring the network’s safety during power outages. The combination of expertise in research and data analysis, antenna designs, and power suggests that it may be worth consulting with Ventev for almost any wireless project.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Raymond Hendrix, Owner of Wi-Fi Wise International

Raymond Hendrix is a new Field Day delegate who serves the RF side of communication, particularly in the wireless domain. He has expanded his IT knowledge through military training, learning about token ring networking and electronic warfare and working with a 16-kilowatt jamming vehicle growing his interest in RF and antennas. His biggest challenge is obtaining clear requirements from customers, requiring effective communication skills in his field. Meet Raymond in this discussion with Tom Hollingsworth.

Meet Field Day Delegate – Kerry Kulp, Founding Partner at Velaspan

This article introduces Kerry Kulp, Founding Partner of Velaspan, who was among the new delegates attending Mobility Field Day 9. Kulp wears many hats at Velaspan, fulfilling roles in business leadership, development, and consulting. In a conversation with Tom Hollingsworth, Kulp shares his journey into the IT industry, his early days in wireless and mobility, and his interests in technology, particularly cybersecurity.

Aruba Isn’t a Wireless Company (Any More)

Although widely known as a wireless company, HPE Aruba Networking has grown into a full enterprise networking company today, emphasizing the importance of user-focused and holistic product lineups. As highlighted at the recent Aruba Atmopshere event, the company’s offerings have expanded beyond just wireless access points and devices that power them, to include campus and data center switches, SASE/SSE, IoT, and cloud-enabled management, to name a few. The shift in perception towards a more comprehensive networking company from being just a wireless company signifies rising maturity and effectiveness in catering to the complex needs of a modern user.

Making Mobility Magic at Mobility Field Day 9

Mobility Field Day 9 is May 17-19 in Silicon Valley, bringing together the top technology minds and experts in wireless and mobility to share their innovations and contributions to the field. With presentations from Arista, Celona, Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper Networks, NetAlly, and Ruckus Networks, attendees can expect updates on advancements in AI networking, SASE, and cybersecurity, among others. The presentations will be streamed live on our online platforms and feature roundtable discussions from our Field Day delegates. Watch this video for more information!