Category: Events

Storage Field Day 10 Next Week

Yep, next week is Storage Field Day 10 (also known as #SFD10 on Twitter).

As always, this looks like an action packed event filled with three days of non-stop meetings with companies in Silicon Valley. I’ve been to a number of the Tech Field Day events in the past and there really is no event quite like it. The presentations are extremely technical in nature and we, the delegates are encouraged to ask the tough questions about the product(s) so that the viewers get a real understanding about them.

Here is a quick lineup of the presenters, their products and what I am looking to derive from these meetings:

Kaminario kicks off the event Wednesday morning at 9:30 PST and I am very interested to hear more about their scale up and out architecture. Seems like a unique design centered around a pair of controllers. I missed the presentation at SFD7 but have been watching this company for a while now.

Primary Data is up at 12:30 PST and I’ve had the pleasure of talking to them in the past. I am interested in hearing more about this software solution (DataSphere) that allows customers to use their own storage hardware (such as NetApp, Nexenta or EMC Isilon). One other item that I want to cover with them is their non-disruptive data movement technology, so look for a blog post that focuses on that in the near future.

Cloudian wraps up the day at 3:00pm PST with what I hope will be an in-depth discussion about their HyperStore appliance. Doing a little research on the FL3000 uNode Server Chassis has me intrigued with a design that fits eight servers in 3U’s of space and how that is leveraged with the solution.

Pure Storage kicks off Thursday at 9:30 PST at their headquarters. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with this company many times in the past and the discussions are always extremely technical in nature. I’ve also deployed this product in the past and found the administration of the array to be remarkably simple. The solution that I hope we get to discuss in detail is their “Flashblade” product which I’ve done a fair amount of reading on and aim to dig into some details on the modular blade format of this product.

We then head over to Datera is up next at 1:00 PST with their Elastic Data Fabric that focuses on Openstack, Container, Service Provider and Data Store solutions with a self-optimizing product that is infrastructure aware and utilizes commodity hardware to provision storage on. According to their website, they have centered their product with DevOps in mind. This should be a fun conversation to have.

Next up on Wednesday we visit Tintri at their HQ building to talk about the All-Flash, Hybrid-Flash Arrays with an analytics & management software package that can manage 32 arrays. Software lineup includes ReplicateVM, SyncVM, SecureVM, Automation Toolkit, vCenter Web Client Plug-in, Management Pack for vROps as well as OpenStack support.

Nimble kicks off Friday at 8:00am PST and I am looking forward to catching up with their latest product lineup. I’ve been following them pretty close over the five years or so and am impressed by the rapid growth f this company. They have a interesting product lineup that includes the all flash arrays, adaptive flash arrays, their Infosight Predictive Analytics and hoping to learn more about the SmartStack Integrated Infrastructure product while I’m there.

Hedvig is online at 10:30am PST to discuss their “One Platform for any application”. This is a company that has produced a “unified storage solution” that supports block, file and object based data. Doing some initial research on the company and they have a full set of API’s that are developer focused as well. Really anxious to learn more about the Hedvig distributed storage platform and really understand their storage service layer.

Exablox finalizes the day at 1:30pm PST and to be honest, I haven’t looked at them in quite some time. Doing some initial fact finding on them I found that the “OneBlox” architecture is quite unique with a ring based scale-out design. I am most interested in how this NFS datastore performs as you start growing and removes the limitations.

You can catch all the action live through the video stream located here:

Rick

VMworld 2015 Kicks off Tomorrow

VMworld officially kicks off tomorrow morning with the big keynote and breakout sessions that start right away afterwards. I heard on the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast that they will be live streaming the keynote to the official VMworld app this year, so that will be a good way to watch it if you can’t make it to the morning session.

Personally I plan to hit the solutions exchange, like I said in my previous post and start talking to many of the vendors to find out what they are up to. I keep up to date on most of them, but there are quite a few that I need to circle back on and hope to talk to a few system engineers that are staffed there.

Later in the afternoon is the solutions exchange reception and is always a good time to mingle in a more relaxed setting with food. During this time I hit the “New Innovator” section and this year they have showcased roughly ten of them on the VMworld sponsors page.

Tuesday,  I will be Tech Field Day delegate at VMworld – so tune in at ~4:30pm PST here to see coverage of Reduxio. My preliminary research on this solution is that they have a “time machine” type of hybrid backup solution that data can be restored in 1 second intervals that sounds very interesting.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Rick

VMworld 2015 is One Week Away!

Well, looks like its that time of year again! The biggest virtualization event of the year is one week away and this will be my 8th year at the event.

What are some of my top items on my to do list? Well, as always – there is the networking aspect of it that I find to be the most valuable. Meeting all the great social media folks that I’ve known for nearly a decade and to hear what they are up to nowadays and talk shop.

Another top item on my list is to hit the solutions exchange floor opening night and see what’s new (or what hasn’t been announced yet) from the SE’s that work the booths. There is a section off to the side every year that showcases all the new companies and they are at smaller kiosks. I encourage you to go check them out since you never know who the next big player in the market will be. I’ve witnessed first-hand the transition some of these organizations have made to one of the 10×10 booths they sit in today.

I am simply amazed at how close this community is and never thought that I would meet so many people that share the same passion for technology that I do. Just witnessing the personal career growth of these individuals has been awesome. So many that have started on the customer side and are now product evangelists for various vendors, independent consultants that are in the field every day and of course figure heads for VAR’s all over the globe.

The fun (for me) starts with VMunderground Sunday night that has experienced tremendous growth in popularity over the years. I remember going to one of the first few  events they held back in the late 2000’s where there was enough room upstairs at the Thirsty Bear to hold it. Now it has opening acts and is a monster of a party to kick off the week. Hats off to the group for organizing this every year!

I’m sure most of you have your schedules filled to the brim by this time and hope to see many of you this year!

See you there!

Rick