SolarWinds – Moving Monitoring in the Right Direction

Nathaniel Avery got to hear from Solarwinds last week at Tech Field Day from the company’s home base of Austin. He got to see how the company’s IT portfolio has expanded, now encompassing over 50 products, including network management, systems management, database management, IT security, helpdesk, and DevOps. What he really enjoyed hearing was how Solarwinds put work into their product design to make moving within this massive product portfolio less daunting, like trying to match interfaces when possible. It’s that behind the scenes kind of conversation you can only get at a Tech Field Day event.


TechField Day 18 – Day 1 With Datera, NetApp and VMware

Ed Horley was one of the delegates that made his way down to Austin for Tech Field Day last week. The event had a full roster of prominent IT companies. In this post, Ed focuses on what he heard on day one of the event, with presentations from Datera, NetApp, and VMware. For him, the three companies showed varying approaches on how to differentiate their solutions based on how they are handling data analytics. These differences in approaches were illuminating in how each pitched their value to the delegates.


Tech Field Days

Marina Ferreira just attended her second Field Day event, heading out to Austin for Tech Field Day last week. While it could occasionally border on information overload, being around fellow smart, opinionated people in the Tech Field Day community more than compensated. Be sure to see all the same presentations she did by watching the comprehensive video coverage.


NetApp to Showcase Active IQ at Tech Field Day 18

NetApp was one of the presenters in Austin for Tech Field Day last week. In this post, Rip Wilson gives a preview of what was discussed at the event. The presentation focused on NetApp’s vision for data science, delving deep into their Active IQ intelligence platform. Be sure to catch the full video of their presentation for the full deep dive experience.


TFD18 Prep: VMware

Justin Warren is getting ready to head out to Tech Field Day in Austin later this week. Of course, he’s doing his homework before the presentations. In this piece, he’s looking at what to expect from VMware. They’ll be presenting on vSAN and particularly focusing on vSphere Health. As an Ops guy at heart with a long history with automation, there’s a lot to like with vSphere Health, even if its ideas aren’t exactly new. He’s interested to see how it handles being an advisory tool for automation versus something that remediates without constant interaction.


VMware vSAN – Join Us at Tech Field Day 18!

It’s always exciting to have a presentation from VMware at an event, and they’ll be presenting this week at Tech Field Day in Austin. In this post from John Nicholson, Sr. Technical Marketing Architect for vSAN, he previews the company’s presenters and what will be on the docket for discussion. Be sure to watch along on our live stream!


TFD18 Prep: Datera

Justin Warren did a full profile on Datera ahead of the company’s recent presentation at Tech Field Day in Austin. The company recently had a lot of corporate shakeup, bringing in a lot of new faces in the c-suite. This hasn’t stopped the company from impressive customer and revenue growth though. The company seems to have found a sweet spot as a software-defined storage as-a-service provider, serving customers with low-latency storage while offering stateful data portability not found on typical cloud offerings. We’re looking forward to see if Justin was just as impressed after their presentation.


TFD18 Prep: NetApp

Justin Warren wrote up a look at NetApp prior to their presentation at Tech Field Day in Austin last week. He outlines the moves NetApp has made to be relevant in the cloud, and why perhaps we’re still waiting to see revenues catch up to their technological change. That’s the context he had in mind ahead of their presentation at Tech Field Day. Be sure to watch their entire presentation on our full event video to judge for yourself.


Tech Field Day 18 Here we come!

It’s always great to have Keiran Shelden along as a delegate. He just came down to Austin for Tech Field Day last week, and got to drink from the IT firehose with the other delegates. Aside from the educational benefit, Keiran enjoys getting to have conversations about the tech with the other delegates and people at the companies themselves. For him, it’s important to provide a positive dialog, to help build better relationships and better solutions.


TFD18 Prep: Solarwinds

Justin Warren must have been a good student, because he’s always sure to do his homework for Tech Field Day. Before heading down to Austin last week, Justin wrote up a preview of what he expected to see from Solarwinds. The last time he heard a presentation from them was in early 2016, so a lot has changed since then. The company has grown dramatically, positioning themselves to be an all-in-one IT management company. We’re looking forward to seeing if their presentation convinced Justin in his posts going forward.


Tech Field Day Delegate – Part Deux

Nathaniel Avery returned for his second Field Day event as a delegate at Tech Field Day in Austin last week. After attending Cloud Field Day last year, it was an interesting change to hear presentations from more broadly across the data center. As a returning delegate, he definitely brushed up on the presenters before the event, and was better prepared for the off-camera networking that’s an important part of the Tech Field Day experience.


Join us at Tech Field Day 18

At Tech Field Day events, we like to get a wide swath of companies to present. Some are unknown startups, who can offer an interesting and insurgent perspective. But it’s also just as important to hear from industry stalwarts, like VMware. They presented at Tech Field Day last week, doing a deep dive on vSAN and vSphere Health specifically. You’ll need to check out the full video of their presentation to hear all the details.


Tech Field Day 18 is Feb 6-8 2019 – Look out Austin!

Ed Horely has been attending Tech Field Day events for over half a decade, originally joining the delegate fold back in 2013. He most recently returned at Tech Field Day in Austin last week, getting to drink for the IT firehose for two days. We’re looking forward to what Ed though of the event in future posts. Be sure to watch all the Tech Field Day video on our YouTube channel.