Goodbye X-IO, Hello Axellio and Violin 2.0!

Stephen Foskett breaks down a big acquisition in the storage market, the reborn Violin Systems acquiring X-IO. This gets complicated as Violin is buying X-IO’s legacy ISE storage line, while their edge Axellio product is being spun out into a new company. Stephen sees this as a win for both remaining companies.


NetApp: HCI Stands For “Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure”

Stephen Foskett wrote up his thoughts on NetApp’s HCI as he saw at Tech Field Day Extra at NetApp Insight 2018. Some may quibble if their architecture is “hyperconverged infrastructure”, but for NetApp, that’s beside the point. NetApp was focused on making a true hybrid cloud infrastructure, taking a more functionalist look at what HCI has to be. Stephen sees this as being what will allow NetApp to keep customers in the fold as they move to converged and cloud solutions.


NetApp’s Data Fabric Gets Real

At Tech Field Day Extra at NetApp Insight 2018, the delegates got to see NetApp’s vision of Data Fabric come a little bit more into reality. In this piece, Stephen Foskett outlines how the company has taken Data Fabric from more of a marketing formulation into a real set of data services, orchestration, and management solutions. This is all backed by their previous release of Cloud Volumes to make hybrid storage a reality for the unique swath of customers in NetApp’s customer base.


Smaller Conferences Can Have a Bigger Impact

After organizing a Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018, Stephen Foskett wrote up a thoughtful piece about the power of smaller conferences. By having a more self-contained feel, Stephen frequently saw much more intimate connections being made between the company and attendees. This also allowed for more diverse viewpoints to be heard throughout the event.


9 Years of Tech Field Days with Stephen Foskett

In a recent TotalPackets video, Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett was interviewed by Kori Younger. They discussed why Tech Field Day resonates with both presenting companies and the larger IT community of experts.


Commvault and Services

At Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2018, Stephen Foskett got to talk with Sabrinath Rao and David Ngo. They discussed some of the exciting new products from Commvault, including the company’s new as-a-Service offerings. These represent not just a simple change in payment, but rather give companies the cloud-native flexibility to consume Commvault data management on-demand.


Cloud Storage – AWS, Azure, and Beyond

Ned Bellavance and Stephen Foskett break down the cloud storage options from AWS and Microsoft Azure. They then illustrate why the cacophony of choice from just those two providers make it almost impossible to do a true comparison of either performance or value. They see something like NetApp’s Cloud Volumes, which they saw at Cloud Field Day earlier this year, as a way to approach some consistency in the marketplace.


Multi-Cloud, DevOps, and Storage

From the presentation from NetApp at Cloud Field Day earlier this year, Ned Bellavance and Stephen Foskett wrote an in-depth article looking at the challenges of applying DevOps concepts to storage, especially in a multi-cloud environment. NetApp addressed this challenge with Cloud Volumes, which they see as providing the flexibility demanded by DevOps without sacrificing the functionality of robust data services.


3D XPoint Is At A Crossroads – Can Intel and Micron Deliver?

With the announcement that Intel and Micron are dissolving their partnership, Stephen Foskett says that their joint 3D XPoint technology is at a crossroads. So far 3D XPoint has been over-promised and underperforming, but Stephen says the product shows some promise in the enterprise, citing NetApp’s Storage Field Day 16 presentation and discussions at Dell Technologies World.


What Differentiates Servers in a Commodity x86 World?

Dell and servers have been on Stephen Foskett’s mind after visiting Dell’s Austin headquarters with Tech Field Day 16 and Dell EMC in Hopkinton for Storage Field Day 16. The newest generation of Dell servers have just about every feature you could ask for, but after testing out a PowerEdge R7415, Stephen says what really differentiates them from the competition is the management platform. Dell EMC’s Quick Sync 2 technology as the integrated iDRAC management platform is a huge upgrade from previous versions and easily beats out the competition.


Tech ONTAP Podcast: NetApp at Storage Field Day 15

On the most recent episode of NetApp’s Tech ONTAP Podcast, Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett and Storage Field Day delegate Glenn Dekhayser discuss what they saw from the company at their most recent Field Day presentation.


A Conversation with Congruity360 COO Mark Shirman

At Commvault GO 2017, Stephen Foskett sat down to interview Congruity360’s COO Mark Shirman. They discussed the company’s managed services portfolio, business model, and new data center.


Commvault GO 2017 Keynote Live Blog!

If you’re catching up on all the great content coming out of Commvault GO from last week, a good place to start is the Gestalt IT live blog from their keynotes. Stephen Foskett ran down all the major speeches and announcements.


#CiscoChampion Radio, S4|Ep.14: All About Tech Field Day

Cisco presented at last month’s Tech Field Day and Networking Field Day events, and has a long history of excellent presentations. Stephen Foskett was their guest on their Cisco Champion Radio podcast and discussed what makes the events special.


Surprise! Facebook Shares Dramatically Improve Reach, Clicks, and Views

Stephen Foskett discusses the hard numbers of Facebook shares and how they affect viewership. Using 29 full Tech Field Day presentations with varying number of shares, he proves that there is a direct correlation between shares and people reached and views concluding that “a single share will likely double the views for a Live video post.”


Storage is Getting Cloudier!

Stephen Foskett shares his thoughts on the increasing cloudification of storage. He highlights NetApp’s move into Microsoft’s Azure cloud as a prime example. It’s all part of what Stephen calls the “Year of Cloud Extension”!


The Year of Cloud Extension

The idea of incorporating cloud storage into the data center has been around for a while. But Stephen Foskett thinks we’re seeing philosophically different approaches to it recently, with many companies embracing the premise of data non-locality. Stephen sees this change in the assumption from data being tied to a data center to the cloud as a transformative shift allowing for true data center transformation.


Pure Accelerate 2017 Keynote Live Blog

Stephen Foskett was living blogging during the Pure Accelerate keynote! Make sure to check it out to get his initial reactions to all the exciting announcements.


SPEP03 – TFD12 | Open TechCast

At Tech Field Day earlier this month, a number of our delegates and staff got to sit in on the Open TechCast. Give it a listen to hear Alex Galbraith get the latest takes from Stephen Foskett, Matt Crape, and Mike Preston!


What’s The Deal With Containers, Anyway?

In this keynote from Deltaware Data Solutions’ 2016 Emerging Technology Summit, Stephen Foskett gives essential background on the emerging trend of containerization of enterprise applications. What are containers and how will they affect enterprise IT? Why is Docker so important? Foskett addresses both the technical and architectural questions, discussing which applications will be containerized, the benefits and costs, and what it means for IT operations.