Storage Field Day 3 Next Month

Coming up next month is Storage Field Day 3 which will be held on April 24th through the 26th and is part of the Gestalt IT – Tech Field Day events. I will be participating as a delegate (as I have before) and will be meeting with a number of storage companies in the Denver Colorado area to learn about their product offerings from a technical perspective and how they will fit into the virtualization realm.

The companies that will be presenting at this event are; Avere Systems, Cleversafe, Marvell, NetApp, NEXGEN Storage, PernixData, SanDisk, Starboard and two other companies that have not yet been named.

I am very familiar with NetApp, NEXGEN and Starboard since I have been working on NetApp systems for quite a few years and also met NEXGEN and Starboard at a prior Tech Field Day event, but I am interested to hear about the new product(s) and to engage in more technical detail about the presented material from each.

As always, I do my homework when meeting these companies so that I can start to pry open the inner workings of their product(s). Being a huge fan of file based storage, I fully intend to have some technical conversations with Avere Systems about their FXT Edge filers and to learn more about the way they tier and scale their platform from a capacity vs. performance standpoint.

After reading about Cleversafe’s product, I am very interested in the products they have listed in their portfolio. The product looks to have three components to it. The Manager, Accesser and Slicestor. Without going to far into what each of these components do, I am refraining from further discussion in this post and will wait to have a fact to face with them about it.

Marvell’s DragonFly product looks interesting with their NVRAM for SAN & NAS and NVCACHE & NVDRIVE that look to be designed for cloud solutions. I will make a note of talking to them more about the NVDRIVE since that product is stated on the website to target public and private cloud environments with the PCIe SSD accelerator with write-back caching on their tiered non-volatile memory.

I am very curious about PernixData’s “Flash Virtualization Platform”, that upon preliminary review, looks to have a play in the virtualized datacenter space with a application data tiering method that is targeted towards application acceleration.

Look for follow up posts about these and the other companies that we will be meeting at this event. With the lineup of delegates that they have planned for this, I expect some very technical discussions.

Rick

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