Tech Field Day

Nothing but ClearSky Ahead

This last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a Tech Field Day event, in Boston, Massachusetts. During the event, ClearSky invited us to their headquarters and took the time to present their vision and solution.  I must admit, I had not heard of ClearSky prior to the event, but doing some quick reading, my appetite was whet to learn more. The Lowdown: Founded in 2014, ClearSky aims to provide storage in a way that is a little outside the box.  Most storage admins are aware that the majority of[…]

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Secondary Storage is Cohesity’s Primary Goal

Cohesity is a company I had heard of before but really didn’t know anything about.  Thankfully, this week during Tech Field Day 12, I was able to sit and listen for to what they do, and why they do it.  In short, Cohesity wants to be the secondary storage in your data center. Their strategy is to be the landing zone for all the data for secondary storage and to analyze, protect, replicate, and move that data if needed. What is secondary storage? Secondary storage is not something a lot of people think[…]

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Time to bring back the middleman

  Who is the middle man?  In a lot of circles, the middle man is someone that is a threat.  The man in the middle attacker, the one who takes your data in transit and uses it for nefarious purposes. In other circles, he’s seen as the useless figure in a transaction.  Someone who is preventing you from getting what you want directly from the source, instead forcing you to deal with the terms and conditions they set.  Sometimes the middle man is no person, but is software – like[…]

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All Your Protocols Are Belong To Us

In the storage wars, we typically hear about block vs file, iSCSI vs Fibre Channel, SAN vs NAS, and so on.  The truth is, none of that really matters; at least, not as much as some make it out to. What’s really important, as with most IT decisions, is using solutions that allow the business the ability to consume, transform, and utilize its data as effectively and efficiently as possible.  While there are many different ways to allow the business to do so, I Want to focus on the different storage[…]

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Tech Field Day 12 – Kickoff

  Next week is the start of Tech Field Day 12, and I am honored to be selected as a delegate!  I’ve attended some previous Tech Field Day events, both at VMworld, but this will be my first full event. What is Tech Field Day?  It’s an event put on by Gestalt IT Media, that brings bloggers, writers, and thought leaders in contact with various IT related companies, products, and solutions.  Each event lasts a couple days, and they are broadcast live, and also uploaded for future viewing.  The great thing[…]

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Docker – Tech Field Day Extra @ VMworld 2016

  While attending VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas this year, I was invited to sit on the Tech Field Day panel for Monday.  One of the companies presenting was Docker. Mike Coleman from Docker presented to the panel and did a great job.  While I am familiar with containers conceptually, I have not yet implemented them in a lab or production environment.  And, being from the Ops side of DevOps, I was in no rush to jump onto the container bandwagon.  However, That’s about to change. Like most Ops people, the idea[…]

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