Storage Field Day 18 – Day 0

Dan Frith is no stranger to Storage Field Day, but it’s still always a treat when he decides to cross the ocean and join as at the event. In this post, Dan previews the events, includes a full schedule, and even links to the video. Be sure to check out our full event playlist to see all the same presentations as the illustrious Mr. Frith.

Komprise Continues to Gain Momentum

After hearing from Komprise at Storage Field Day late last year, Dan Frith got to have a deeper conversation with their president and COO Krishna Subramanian. This was based on a new round of funding for the company. For Dan, he still finds their unstructured data management solution to be an under appreciated but vital need for most organizations. Adding features like NAS to NAS migration and deeper analytics only sweetens the deal.

Storage Field Day – I’ll Be At Storage Field Day 18

World traveler and storage guru Dan Frith will make his way from Down Under to join us for Storage Field Day in late February. While in Silicon Valley, he’ll get to hear from long time storage veterans like Western Digital and NetApp, along with disruptive startups like Cohesity, Datera, and WekaIO. Dan is no stranger to the event, and we’re looking forward to his thoughts on the presentations. Be sure to mark your calendar and watch along on our live stream!

NVMesh 2 – A Compelling Sequel From Excelero

Dan Frith saw Excelero emerge from Stealth at Storage Field Day last year. Now the company has released a major update to their NVMe pooling software solution, NVMesh 2. This adds MeshConnect with TCP/IP and Fibre Channel support, MeshProtect with parity-based redundancy and mirroring, and MeshInspect for analytics. Dan sees this release smoothing out some of the rough edges of NVMesh 1, and making it a lot more attractive for enterprise customers.

Storage Field Day 17 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

It’s always great to have Dan Frith as a delegate for Storage Field Day. In this post, Dan puts together a list of all of his and other delegate coverage from the event. It’s an impressive amount of quality coverage. As more rolls in, be sure to check back at the Storage Field Day event page for a comprehensive list.

StarWind Continues To Do It Their Way

Dan Frith heard a presentation from StarWind at Storage Field Day last month. He likes the company because they look to innovate to solve everyday storage problems in the enterprise. In this presentation, they focused on NVMe over Fabrics, looking at their developments of NVMe SPDK for Windows Server, and a NVMe initiator for CentOS.

Intel’s Form Factor Is A Factor

Dan Frith got to see Intel’s Optane team present at Storage Field Day last month. At their presentation, the company explained why they are iterating on storage form factors, including their recently released “ruler” drives. These are designed to solve density and temperature issues, allowjng for more storage in a given rack size.

NGD Systems Are On The Edge Of Glory

Dan Frith got to see NGD Systems at Storage Field Day last month. In this post, he writes up his thoughts about how NGD is approaching the problem of edge computing. Their approach isn’t simply to move the compute layer to a remote location, but rather to move compute directly onto the storage layer. This provides a cheaper alternative than moving the data to a central location, with massive latency and parallelism benefits as well. You don’t have to be “Gaga” to see the benefits in that.

I Need Something Like Komprise For My Garage

At Storage Field Day, Dan Frith heard from Komprise, and how they are helping organizations manage the deluge of unstructured data. Using advanced policy-based management, Komprise is able to identify cold data and redirect it before it hit advanced data workflows or data protection schemes best used for hot data. Dan just wishes now he had something similar to deal with his storage problems in his garage at home.

Storage Field Day 17 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Having Dan Frith along as a delegate for a Field Day event means two things. He’s written a steady stream of posts giving detailed and insightful looks at the presenting companies. But he’s also written his regular disclosure/event journal about things he did outside of the event presentation themselves. We’ve come to expect this kind of rigor from Mr. Frith. He does not disappoint here.

Storage Field Day 17 – Day 0

Dan Frith is coming back out to Silicon Valley for another Storage Field Day experience. This is Dan’s eighth Storage Field Day, and we always appreciate him crossing an ocean to attend. Make sure to follow along with the presentation on our live stream, and engage with Dan and the other delegates using #SFD17.

Storage Field Day – I’ll Be At Storage Field Day 17

Later this month, Dan Frith once again will make the sojourn from Down Under to Silicon Valley for his eighth Storage Field Day. He’ll be hearing from StarWind, Komprise, NGD Systems, and get the latest from Intel’s Optane group. That’s a lot to cover in an event, but if it’s anything like Dan’s previous Storage Field Day experience, he’ll have a number of blog posts with plenty of alacrity and insight.

Pure Storage – You’ve Come A Long Way

With Pure Accelerate coming up next week, Dan Frith takes a look back at how Pure Storage has evolved, but stayed true to their core focus since debuting their first products in 2011. He’s looking forward to seeing what they have in store for this year’s event.

Storage Field Day 15 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

Dan Frith finishes up his posts from Storage Field Day with his usual “Link-o-rama”, containing his extensive series of posts, as well as sharing pieces from his fellow delegates. If you missed any of the event, make sure to checkout Dan’s reviews of the presentations.

Druva Announces Cloud Platform Enhancements |

Dan Frith takes a look at the Druva Cloud Platform. This provides data management as a service, allowing you to provide protection for all your assets within a single service and interface. Dan first saw the company at Tech Field Day Extra VMworld US in 2017, and is looking forward to getting reacquainted next week when they present at Cloud Field Day.

Hedvig’s Evolution

When he first saw Hedvig in 2016, Dan Frith already thought they had a good story around scalable, software-defined storage. After seeing them again at Storage Field Day this month, he found increased maturity around their interface and data protection features. Instead of having to drop into the CLI, all tasks during the presentation were easily handled in their GUI. He thinks the improvements shown demonstrate a company that listens to the needs of their customers.

Datrium Cloud DVX – Not Your Father’s Cloud Data Protection Solution

Datrium presented at their second Storage Field Day, providing details on their Cloud DVX solution. Dan Frith wrote up his thoughts on it, and whether it lives up to Datrium’s claim of being “Cloud Backup Done Right”. Compared to a lot of “cloud-ready” data protection solution, Dan found Cloud DVX to be an “elegant solution”, with a lot of efficiency that should be very appealing to Datrium customers.

Huawei – Probably Not What You Expected

Huawei opened a lot of eyes with their Storage Field Day presentation last week, including delegate Dan Frith’s. He wasn’t familiar with the company’s storage products prior to the presentation, but learned them make their own SSDs and storage controller chips, getting started in flash production in 2005. He found their storage arrays have all the features considered table stakes in a modern array, but ensuring that data integrity and protection options are really built out and robust. Dan was also impressed by the company’s 3:1 deduplication guarantee.

Come And Splash Around In NetApp’s Data Lake

Dan Frith heard from NetApp at Storage Field Day earlier this month. While no stranger to the company, Dan got to hear something relatively new from the company. Senior Technical Director Santosh Rao overviewed some of the big data platform challenges that the company is looking to address. Overall Dan thinks NetApp has a lot of tools at their disposal and a comprehensive vision to address the data market, seeing the company in a “good place”.

Western Digital – The A Is For Active, The S Is For Scale

At Storage Field Day, Western Digital presented. The delegates got to hear from both their Tegile and HGST divisions. Dan Frith highlights what he saw about ActiveScale, HGST’s scalable object system. Coupled with cloud management features, Dan thinks it’s a “solid platform”.