Meet the #TFD Founder: Stephen Foskett

It was great to have Aruba Network interview Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett on the event’s tenth anniversary. In it, they discuss how the event got started, what has changed since the beginning, and what the event offers delegates and presenting companies.


Juniper NXTWORK 2019 Keynote Live Blog

If you missed any of the major announcements from Juniper NXTWORK 2019, be sure to check out the live blog from Gestalt IT. Stephen Foskett was there and documenting all the news.


Druva Protects Corporate Data Outside the Firewall

Enterprises are increasingly using applications outside the firewall, with SaaS solutions like Slack and Microsoft Teams becoming increasingly important. At the same time, these applications attract just the type of corporate data (chat, files, and workflows) that can place organizations at legal or operational risk. They’re also using cloud-based automation tools like ServiceNow and Okta, and even running applications in Amazon AWS. That’s why it’s a good thing that data protection providers like Druva are adding support for this “outside the firewall” data. Stephen Foskett digs into their presentation from Tech Field Day in this piece.


Where Did Tech Field Day Come From? Tech Field Day at 10

One of the most common questions people ask Stephen Foskett is where the idea for Tech Field Day originally came from. In this post for Gestalt IT, he discusses the world of influencer/blogger relations back at the start of the event, including a key “blogger day” with HP (now HPE) storage. After that event, Stephen worked with others in the community, both on the blogger and vendor side, to create the first-ever Tech Field Day event, 10 years ago this month!


SolarWinds Aims to Connect the Data Dots

Everyone has a story to tell, and if you’re willing to listen, you just might learn something! The same is true when it comes to business associates; even companies ought to have a defining story. In addition to listening and watching, it’s also important to know the right questions to ask. Questions, context, and analysis turn information to data and transform data into a story. Stephen Foskett looks at how SolarWinds is working to connect these data dots into a story, based on what he saw at Tech Field Day.


Meeting the Storage Performance Requirements of AI and ML Workloads With WekaIO

Two of the most impressive technological advancements in recent years are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). But AI and ML workloads require vast amounts of storage and high-performance access from multiple servers. This is the ideal market for the WekaIO distributed storage solution, as demonstrated at Storage Field Day in February. It offers scale, performance, and compatibility with AI and ML workloads.


Nth Generation Symposium Keynote Live Blog

If you missed the Nth Generation Symposium Keynote, be sure to check out the Gestalt IT live blog to stay up to date on all the news and announcements.


Celebrating 10 Years of Pure Storage and Tech Field Day

Pure Storage has grown from a scrappy upstart to an established player in enterprise storage, and Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day were there the whole time. From their first Field Day appearance in 2011 to today’s Tech Talks and Exclusive Field Day events, we have grown together over 10 years.


It’s All About the Delegates: Tech Field Day at 10

Gestalt IT tapped into the power of a unique and growing community of independent IT influencers, and this remains our most valuable asset. We built Tech Field Day primarily to serve this community and have always kept their needs in mind. Our delegates make it all possible, and I will always be grateful for their friendship and support.


Tech Field Day 20 – The Ten Year Anniversary Edition

We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Tech Field Day. As one of the first delegates at the first event, Greg Ferro shares his excitement at the anniversary, and shares a video of the closing speech from the event. While a lot in IT has changed in the last 10 years, it’s great to still have a lot of those first faces involved with the event.


Commvault Go Day 2 Live Blog

If you need the TL;DR on the Day 2 Commvault GO keynote, be sure to check out the Gestalt IT live blog. They break down all the news and provide the analysis about how this will effect Commvault and their customers going forward.


Stephen Foskett Gets the Latest News From Commvault at Commvault GO 2019

Stephen Foskett is interviewing Commvault management to learn the latest news at Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2019 in Denver. Commvault recently acquired Hedvig, a software-defined storage company, and is enhancing its backup offerings with this highly-integrated, scalable storage solution. The company also announced Metallic, a new software-as-a-service offering.


Why You Should Consider Software-Defined Storage in Your Data Center

Datacenter architectures must meet the changing needs of many applications, while also supporting demanding workloads today. Datera’s design focuses on data movement, to allow flexibility for growth as requirements change. It uses commodity hardware and machine learning to create an optimal and cost-effective storage platform for the modern datacenter. Stephen Foskett breaks down their approach based on Datera’s presentations at Storage Field Day and Tech Field Day.


Accelerate Day 1 Recap With Stephen Foskett From Gestalt IT by Pure Storage

In this Pure Report podcast, our own Stephen Foskett provides a recap of the first packed day of Pure Accelerate. If you missed any of the announcements from the show, be sure to listen to his thoughts on FlashArray//C, Storage Class Memory, Cloud Block Store, FlashBlade, Pure1 and more.


Pure Accelerate 2019 Day 2 Keynote Liveblog

Ken Nalbone and Stephen Foskett live-blogged the Pure Accelerate 2019 keynote. This is day 2, featuring Leland Melvin and James Governor.


Pure Accelerate 2019 Day 1 Keynote Liveblog

Stephen Foskett live blogged day one of the Pure Accelerate keynote. Be sure to check out all the latest announcements, then dig into our presentations from Tech Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate.


IBM’s New Class of Data Protection: Upcycling of the IT World?

As discussed at Storage Field Day in February, the idea of reusing and repurposing stored data makes sense from both a business intelligence perspective and from a cyber-resiliency standpoint. IBM’s solution is based on a solid foundation with years of enterprise use, and enhances the snapshot capabilities already found in most enterprise storage systems. Stephen Foskett looks at how Spectrum Protect Plus really moves IBM’s data protection offering forward, “upcycling” data for the enterprise.


Leaving the Ecuador Open | Gestalt IT Rundown, September 18, 2019

This week on the Gestalt IT Rundown, Stephen Foskett and Ken Nalbone are joined by Justin Warren live from Pure Accelerate. They talked about all the big news from the event and what you can see from the Tech Field Day Exclusive presentations.


Can You Avoid Moving to the Cloud? No, and Why Would You?

On this episode of Deloitte’s On Cloud podcast, Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett discusses the origins of the Tech Field Day event series and how the event has evolved and adapted over time. We’re approaching our tenth anniversary, it’s a wonderful perspective on the history of the event.


StorPool’s Strategy Rose to the Cloud—and Beyond!

Before buzzwords like “cloud” and “software-defined storage” (SDS) became part of our everyday vocabulary, software developers like Boyan Ivanov, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of StorPool Storage, already were hard at work devising ways to build extremely fast, reliable, and scalable storage solutions for public and private use cases. While the solution may not have had a fancy moniker, Stephen Foskett looks at what StorPool presented at Storage Field Day and how it aims to re-energize block storage, combining high-end storage area network (SAN) technology through software and the performance of local solid-state drive (SSD) storage.