Cloud Field Day 18: After-Action Perspective From the Delegates

We loved Nathan Bennett’s group Cloud Field Day after-action report video and wrote up an article to go with it at Gestalt IT. The event offered a platform for tech companies to showcase their developments and gain feedback from our delegates. Juniper Networks presenting their AI integration into Apstra, while Mezmo impressed with its telemetry capabilities and user-friendly interface. Long-standing industry player, VMware, was noted for its adaptability in the multi-cloud environment, proving that the evolving tech landscape remains exciting and innovative. Get the delegate reaction to all the presentations in this video!

Cloud Field Day 18 – After Action Report

This “after-action report” is a YouTube video featuring a group of Cloud Field Day delegates discussing the presentations and content from our recent event. Organized by Nathan Bennett, these videos give an immediate and unvarnished look at the presentations.

WEKA Da Hecka?

Nathan Bennett shares a deep dive into the functionality and benefits of the WEKA Data Platform, designed for high-performance workloads and AI/ML applications. He notes WEKA’s multi-cloud capability, lauding its performant hybrid management across four major cloud marketplaces including AWS, Azure, GCP, and Oracle Cloud. What sets WEKA apart is its cost-effectiveness and its cluster scaling features, enabling it to fit seamlessly into existing business ecosystems and budgets while intelligently managing data workloads.

AMD With #CFD18 – What’s a Chip Manufacturer Doing in a Cloud Conference?

Nathan Bennett gives an overview of AMD’s presentation on cloud native solutions at Cloud Field Day. AMD discussed the increasing trend towards running solutions within a DPU (Data Processing Unit) in cloud environments. Bennett challenges AMD’s focus, suggesting that the real impact of chipset makers comes from how the tech is tailored and used by individual hyperscalers, stressing the need for customers to pay attention to the broader context of what chip manufacturers are doing.

Prosimo – How Multi-Cloud Networking Should Work – CFD18

Nathan Bennett dives into the challenges and benefits of multi-cloud networking with a focus on the solutions provided by Prosimo. Highlighting how the complexity of multi-cloud networking can be addressed, Prosimo’s capabilities of establishing connections across different network areas are pointed out. With three encounters with Prosimo, Bennett concludes that the platform is an efficient solution to these challenges, noting Prosimo’s ability to create a mesh, guide traffic between clouds, and enable services without relying on IP addresses.

VMware Tanzu/Aria

Nathan Bennett analyzes VMware’s product rebranding and the introduction of the Tanzu portfolio in this Cloud Field Day post. He discusses the Tanzu Transformer for migration practices, Tanzu Hub for overseeing lifecycle of cross-cloud services, and Tanzu Guardrails for maintaining compliance requirements. Despite initial confusion over the rebranding, Bennett praises the functionality of the combined products but emphasizes the need for clarity amidst product name changes.

Mezmo – #CFD18

Nathan Bennett recently attended Cloud Field Day and learned about Mezmo, a telemetry and observability company, previously known as LogDNA. Mezmo aims to help organizations gain a deeper, more insightful understanding of their data, including where it’s going and what it’s doing, even across different use cases. One standout feature is their Telemetry Pipeline, which aids in validating and specifying what data is needed from various sources, while their cleanly designed UI and built-in “Incident” mode for debugging are also impactful aspects of their platform.

Juniper Networks IaC Apstra

Nathan Bennett takes a deep dive into the challenge of automating the datacenter just like the cloud with Juniper Apstra. Leveraging a detailed demonstration of network orchestration using Terraform, Apstra showed how they can transform networking and speed up digital transformation. Bennett’s write-up gives a step-by-step account of how a fully functional spine and leaf network can be built and even migrated into AWS.

Juniper – Building AI Clusters

In this short article, Nathan Bennett discusses how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has hit a bottleneck in performing tasks due to large-scale deployments, which Juniper aims to address by refocusing on compute power. It highlights that each GPU now has a 400G NIC, staggering amounts of networking capacity that were previously unthinkable. Juniper also offers online demonstrations through their cloud laboratory, allowing users to experience their cutting-edge technology without needing any additional hardware or connections.

Juniper – Being an Operations Superhero

Navigating through the realms of network automation and AI cluster creation, Juniper Networks delved operations analytics in, focusing on Apstra’s role in facilitating operational understanding. Apstra aids in identifying data sources, running commands to discover network errors, and using a graph database to validate and leverage data for a comprehensive understanding of the entire solution. The data then finds its way to a visually appetizing dashboard, paving the way for s-flow and net-flow data consumption, making Apstra’s data analytics solution an essential tool in comprehending, validating, and visualizing network operations.

Mind the Gap Between Hyperscale and Enterprise IT

Stephen Foskett and Cloud Field Day delegates Allyson Klein, Eric Wright, and Nathan Bennett examine the gap between hypserscale and enterprise IT in this episode of the On-Premise IT podcast. The episode’s guests scrutinize the disparities across numerous areas, including AI and sustainability. They propose that these differences stem from the influence hyperscalers have on technological developments and discuss the importance of bridging the hypserscale-enterprise IT gap.

Cloud Field Day 15 – Day Three

While back on-site for our hybrid Cloud Field Day, some delegates got together and discussed what they saw from RackN on Day Three. Nathan Bennett, Jim Jones, Lino Telera, Ray Lucchesi, Eric Wright, and Calvin Hendryx-Parker all sat down to give their in-depth thoughts from the day along with a brief recap from other presentations throughout the week. Take a look here or visit Nathan’s YouTube channel for more!

Cloud Field Day 15 – Day One

Field Day delegate, Nathan Bennett, is joined by delegate, Eric Wright to discuss the first day of September’s Cloud Field Day. In this video, they both go into detail on presentations from Prosimo, Google Cloud, and Kentik. If you want to learn more, watch the video here, or visit Nathan’s YouTube channel.

Cloud Field Day 15 – Day Two

Nathan Bennett is here to discuss his thoughts on Day Two from Cloud Field Day. He enjoyed being able to see the different solutions from a Kubernetes perspective during presentations from StormForge and Metallic, a Commvault Venture. Take a look here for more from Nathan’s or visit his YouTube channel.

CFDx NetApp – Thoughts

The very first Cloud Field Day Exclusive with NetApp was this past September where Chris Williams, Jim Jones, Nathan Bennett, and many other delegates joined together at NetApp headquarters along Santana Row. In this latest YouTube video, Chris, Jim, and Nathan, sit down with Stephen Foskett to discuss their thoughts on the NetApp presentation and their cloud solutions. You don’t want to miss this technical discussion!

Cloud Field Day 12

The time has finally come for the very first hybrid event in Cloud Field Day! Watch live from San Jose, California. Thanks to Field Day Delegate Nathan Bennet for providing the schedule for the event.

Nathan Bennett

Cloud Architect at Sterling, working also as a DevOps Advocate in Cloud Native technology