Google+
Home > Gestalt IT, Storage, Technology, Virtualization > GestaltIT TechFieldDay 2009: Post 10 (Day 2)

GestaltIT TechFieldDay 2009: Post 10 (Day 2)


4 hours of sleep and back on the road this morning.

.

There were several companies lined up to present today. Starting with Ocarina Networks, then Nirvanix, then Truth in IT, then Data Robotics and Bhava Communications. Today’s day was planned to be one of those action packed days, just like yesterday.

.
Today morning started early for all of us. Again on the road, but just across the street from where we were staying in San Jose, the 2 min walk to Ocarina Networks. Had an early breakfast sponsored by Ocarina Networks. They also gave us an Ocarina (egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes) to take home.
.
So with today’s presentations, we really did not know what to expect. Though I had a feeling Ocarina Networks will do something very unique after meeting with their CEO (Murli) last night at the GestaltIT Party.
.
Ed Entering Ocarina Networks

Ed Entering Ocarina Networks

Ocarina Networks

Ocarina Networks

Devang making Faces

Devang making Faces, Nigel Poulton

Ocarina Networks
.
George Carter comes in first and gives a product overview of what Ocarina is, how it works, where it resides, the architecture, the compression, the dedup and various other aspects of the entire solution. During his presentation he mentions how there are several Academia Scientist that work at Ocarina on several Compression algorithms for standard files like JPEG, TXT, PDF, ZIP’s, etc, etc. He also shows how the technology takes the data, uncompresses or unzips it, compresses it again, calculates checksum and then upon validation of the checksum, discards the original file to write with the newly compressed file.
.
Then we went through an Ocarina product hands-on lab exercise to configure dedup, compression, etc in the Ocarina Resource Manager. I so much wish, they had given us a VM with the Ocarina Resource Manager and Report Manager to play around for my test labs in the basement. I much think, I need to do a deep dive blog post on this technology, stay tuned for it over the next couple of weeks.
.
Ocarina also had an open challenge to bring in about 2GB’s of data on USB sticks that they will try to compress and give out prices to people that has the most compression and the least compression. John Obeto won the price for the most compression achieved on the data he brought in, while Greg Ferro won the price for 0 compression, since the files he brought on the USB stick were mzip files from back 30 years, probably not used in the industry any more.
.
Nirvanix
.
Then Peter and AJ from Nirvanix took the stage to talk about how Nirvanix technology works and how it can help Enterprise customers with its Public Cloud Infrastructure, some existing customer stories and how customers have leveraged this growing Cloud Infrastructure company to provide some very unique solutions.
.
Ocarina Networks Continued
.
Gou Rao (CTO) from Ocarina Networks takes the stage next. Wow, this guy is so young, but he knows so much. He went through the entire Dedup (how it works), Compression (how is works), Ocarina Networks (how it uses Dedup, Compression, Algorithms around these technologies). This session was one of the best techno-geek talk I have ever heard. Gou had answers for everything, though with the deep dive, he did lose some audience, but it was a great session from my perspective, because I was learning something new and I love to talk and hear about technology.
.
Again with him, same story, he was just so much passionate about what we was talking, he won the crowd with his smartness. The combination of passion and presentation skills, make up an ultimate recipe for a presentation success.
.
During the break, had about 30 mins of talk time with Murli (CEO, Ocarina Networks) and Gou (CTO, Ocarina Networks) about how this technology integrates within storage arrays and how customer leverage it today. Sorry to make this statement, I now truly believe that Ocarina technology could so rapidly be integrated into a storage array, making them potentially a take over target, but may be the investors are already expecting it.
.
Truth in IT
.
Oh…the lunch was great, vegetarian Falafel sponsored by Truth in IT (A W.Curtis Preston Company). Curtis presented during lunch on how Truth in IT is a new concept for the IT industry and how customers can benefit from it. To check out the Truth in IT concept, please visit here.
.
If you email Curtis and become a member of Truth in IT, you will get one year subscription for half the membership cost. Email curtis at blogfriends@truthinit.com.
.
Data Robotics
.
Then the journey started in the bus to go to Data Robotics, the DROBO guys. If you haven’t seen the DROBO yet, here is the picture.
.

Drobo

Drobo

Greg Knieriemen

Greg Knieriemen

.
After initial introductions and some food, we settled in the conference rooms at Data Robotics. Some known faces from last nights GestaltIT party were there. The CEO of Data Robotics Geoff Barrall (Also founder of BlueArc), started with the presentation on the features of DROBO and DROBOPRO. For a CEO, I bet he knows exactly what the product offers, not only from a marketing perspective, but also from a technology standpoint, the invention from Drobo is the technology called BeyondRAID. After a few powerpoint slides, Geoff started white boarding the entire BeyondRAID technology. At this point the camera’s were not allowed, but it was great to see how a CEO even understands the nuts and bots of a technology.
.
At the GestaltIT party, I had some time to spend with Michael Moran and Jim Sherhart from Data Robotics and I specifically mentioned how much we love the white board sessions and understanding on how the technology works. I think they were not planning for a white board session with their presentation since their understanding is, the white board sessions on the DROBO technology becomes a bit confusing for people in terms of how it all operates under the hood. If my short chat with Data Robotics made them change and come up with a white board session, I am glad. I know everyone in the audience loved it.
The white board session was amazing, Goeff’s presentation lasted for about 60 mins and then Jim Sherhart and Michael Moran took the stage to talk a bit about futures and some more under the hood technology.
.
If I had to pick the top 3 most impressive presentations at GestaltIT TechfieldDay 2009, this would be one of those. Very impressive, very impressive when a CEO does it who has a complete product vision.
.
Then started the quiz, where for 30 mins they showed us the hands-on demo of the product including some configurations on the DROBO, etc, etc. In team A we had Chris Evans, Simon Seagrave, Rodney Haywood and myself. Went through answering all the questions on the product quiz and got each one of those correct.
.
IMG00208-20091113-1441

W.Curtis Preston, Stephen Foskett, Robin Harris, Drobo Engineer

W.Curtis Preston, Stephen Foskett, Robin Harris, Drobo Engineer

Finally the results were declared and Team A had won the quiz. So we all take home a DROBO. Looking forward to receiving it in the mail shortly.
.
As we were leaving, we received some very personalized T-Shirts from Bhava Communications with individual Twitter and Blog Addresses imprinted on the T-Shirts.
.
At around 4 PM we started to head back to the hotel. Dropped a few folks at the hotel. The next destination was FRY’s – the geek heaven in San Jose. We all were happy to arrive at FRY’s.
.
IMG00213-20091113-1620
.
Had about 60 mins to shop, I decided to go in there, but had made up my mind that I will not be bringing anything other than myself out of the store, as I just didn’t have any space in my bag to bring stuff home.
.
.
Oh….people bought all sorts of things……..Mac’s, ix4’s, drives, etc, etc. You can imagine what happens when 15 storage bloggers walk into a store….and then walk out of there.
.
Finally arrived back at the hotel, and jumped to do a Podcast on StorageMonkeys as a Wrap up for GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009.
.
Had a great dinner with the rest of the group in San Jose. People were starting to head back home and say goodbye at around 8 PM. For many of us, we were not leaving until Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.
.
Headed back to the bar for more discussions around what we heard and saw today, but before I could finish my first drink…the sleep factor kicked in.
.
Will finish my blog post the next morning…..and then will be heading to SFO for a fun day.
.