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GestaltIT TechFieldDay 2: The Delegates, the Presenters and the Technology Innovators

April 7th, 2010 No comments

GestaltIT TechFieldDay is being kicked off on Thursday 8th of April 2010, a two day event by GestaltIT. The pre event party is being hosted at the Hyatt in Boston, MA on Wednesday evening.

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Previous post on TechFieldDay 2, here

So here are the delegates attending this event.

All the delegates come from different facets of IT and bring a varied background in terms of technology and experience. Most of the delegates focus around Storage, Virtualization, Servers, Networking and Enterprise IT. Being in the trenches they have learned a lot, want to share the experience and bring a unique perspective on what Enterprise IT is all about and possibly help address some next generation issues.

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Here are the delegates with their own areas of expertise.

  • Virtualization Experts
  • Jason Boche
  • Carlo Costanzo
  • David Davis
  • Edward Haletky
  • Simon Long
  • Simon Seagrave
  • Gabrie van Zanten
  • Networking Experts
  • Greg Ferro
  • Storage Experts
  • Robin Harris
  • Greg Knieriemen
  • Bas Raayman
  • Not sure if I can call myself an expert…but sure storage centric
  • Enterprise Experts
  • Scott D. Lowe
  • John Obeto
  • Matt Simmons

Totally a very heavy focus on Virtualization this time around based on the heavy weight Virtualization experts we have in the team.

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As for the Presenting Sponsors, here is the list of Companies we know so far that are attending

  • Cisco Systems
  • Data Robotics
  • EMC Corporation
  • HP
  • VKernel

And sure, many more non-presenting sponsors of dinner and GestaltIT parties.

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So some of the technology we are looking forward to hear and talk about this week

  • Cisco Systems:
    • UCS, Nexus, Cisco OTV and Long Distance vMotion.
  • Data Robotics:
    • Drobo Elite, Drobo Pro and Drobo FS
  • EMC Corporation:
    • Unified Storage, Federation, vBlocks, VCE Acadia, FCoE, Symmetrix
  • HP Company:
    • IBRIX or now called the HP X9000
  • VKernel:
    • Optimization and Capacity Tools for VM environments

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Be Prepared, if you are coming to the GestaltIT Tech Field Day and are on either side of the fence….

So after attending the Tech Field Day in San Francisco, CA late last year and having attended some Storage Tech days at HP, here is my advice to everyone either attending as delegates or presenters.

  • Expect hectic two and a half days
  • Be prepared for less sleep
  • Mental exhaustion
  • No time to blog
  • Network with fellow Delegates
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Record, Record, Record
  • Come armed with your Twittering and Blogging tools (Camera, Video Cam, microphone, batteries, memory sticks, etc…

Here is the post by the previous TechFieldday delegates, talking about being armed with all the necessary tools and the expectations with Techfieldday

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For the presenters…

  • Stop the crap
  • Be heavily prepared
  • Give information that people are looking for
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Have answers ready, not let me get back to you

And if you are presenting, I would highly recommend reading this post by the previous TechFieldday Delegates, as to what is fair…

The technology innovators, I would highly recommend pick the brains of these invited delegates, get them to share some of their experiences, understand what they see in the industry, where they see things are headed, where they see issues, what they consider as your organizations positive and negative points. Share!! Share!! Share!!

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So…………… are you ready for the action, tweets, technology talk, deep dives and an opportunity to learn more about Enterprise IT? The after effects of TechFieldDay are typically seen for weeks in form of twitter chatter, blog posts and vendor communication.See you all soon……delegates, vendors, presenters and technology innovators…

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For the fellow twitter friends, you can follow me on Twitter @storagenerve, Twitter hashtag for GestaltIT Tech Field Day is: #TechFieldDay.

You can follow (list) all TechFieldDay 2 Delegates on Twitter here.

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Cheers
@storagenerve

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Disclaimer:
The sponsors are each paying their share for this non-profit event. We, the delegates, are not paid to attend this event. Most of us will take some days off from our regular job to attend. What is paid for us is the flight, meals and the stay at a hotel. We are not required to write positive, negative or neutral reviews about any vendors or this event.

GestaltIT #TechFieldDay 2, let the fun begin…

April 5th, 2010 No comments

We are coming very close to GestaltIT #TechFieldDay 2 being organized in Boston, MA on the 8th and 9th of Apr 2010.

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Over the next few days, you will see a ton of new blog posts coming out from various different sources, including invited delegates and many vendors. I do promise to provide an extensive coverage of this event on twitter and on this blog. Twitter hashtag for this event is #techfieldday

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This is a very unique event where GestaltIT organizes a few delegates to visit a few vendors in the enterprise IT arena. During these visits, we get to hear, talk and learn about the vendor technologies, direction, future and a vision into their products and services. With a similar event already organized in Nov 2009, called the TechFieldDay 1, this is a repeat event but with a lot of success on its belt, we all look forward to the great success of TechFieldDay 2.

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Social media is taking a new turn and that means, every non-conventional means of marketing is being tried these day using the underlying concepts of web 2.0 and social media. There is a nice post by Stu Miniman recently posted on his blog covering how blogging and other non-traditional communication means have changed the way we blossom the underlying message to the readers.

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Tons of credits go to Stephen Foskett for organizing this event. Glad to be invited and being able to attend the 2nd Tech Field Day in a row. It was lots of fun last time and looking forward to this amazing event being hosted in Boston, MA.

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It all started about a year and a half ago with blogging and then twitter and all the events that followed it. First the EMC World 2009, then Vmworld 2009, HP TechDay 2009, EMC Forums NYC 2009, GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009, HP Blades Day 2010, HP Storage Day 2010 and now the GestaltIT Techfieldday-2 2010. These are a lot of events in one year, with scheduling conflicts, office travel, personal commitments, its hard to attend each one of them, but the knowledge that is gained out of one of these events is more than one can imagine.

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Really glad to be part of this storage / virtualization community and hope to continue this work in the future…On Twitter, follow me @storagenerve, Twitter hashtag: #TechFieldDay. You can follow (list) all TechFieldDay 2 Delegates on Twitter here.

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Cheers
@storagenerve

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Disclaimer:
The sponsors are each paying their share for this non-profit event. We, the delegates, are not paid to attend this event. Most of us will take some days off from our regular job to attend. What is paid for us is the flight, meals and the stay at a hotel. We are not required to write positive, negative or neutral reviews about any vendors or this event.

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What happened to the Storage Industry!!

April 1st, 2010 2 comments

I just woke up……to find a total disarray in the storage industry. Things have changed but what changed, why did it change.  Nothing matches up to my last remembrance.

Did you know….

Chuck Hollis doesn’t work for EMC and is now blogging for TechTarget, his blogs are still so futuristic about the mainframe world and how it will rule the market. Barry Burke on his blog is talking about the benefits of using an iUSPV versus using an iV-Max, and has been named as the top friendliest blogger. Dave Graham is now working for AnandTech.com as the chief editor and has taken over the world by his blogs about the next generation AMD processors.

Storagezilla has now become lonely social media voice at EMC, though these days he talks a lot about how to integrate storage platforms with mobile devices. Stu Miniman still blogs occasionally on his blog but has gone to Chair the FCoE Standards committee and now hates social media. Ed Saipetch decided to turn to industry speaking and is amongst one of the leading speaker for Environment Protection.

Chad Sakac decided it was enough with VCE, vArmy, Private Cloud and these days is working hard to built the next generation weapons systems for the Army, though not everyone within the Army is so excited, Chad with his partnerships is bringing some big momentum. Steve Todd finally decided to get into management and left his long legacy with DG, XAM and programming and now doing something…..that he doesn’t want to understand.  Christopher Kusek (CXI) decided to move out of EMC and is now an activist against animal killing….

Wow… for a change….

Vaughn Stewart like Kostadis decided to move out of the Storage – Virtualization industry and these days they work together at a furniture startup. To my surprise, Val Bercovici now works with Chad in his advanced weapons systems design. After the great acquisition of NetApp, Dave Hitz has now moved over to 3Par and is helping build the next storage platform. After all, Alex McDonald decided to move to HP and now works along with Calvin Zito on competitive landscape.

Hu Yoshida decides to quit blogging and these days work along with Barry Burke and Barry Whyte and often talk about the iUSPV platform and how it may change the way we do mobile computing. All the 3 of them are working on designing the next genration platform called the iV-U-S. Claus Mikkelsen still occasionally writes about VM’s and LPar’s on mainframes and still considers HDS platform as the most monolithic architecture, just publically doesn’t accept it.  David Merrill now gave up on the whole idea of Storage Economics and is typically telling customers, always buy more storage for your future needs, TCO, ROI, ROA are not good examples and measures for Storage acquisition.

Marc Farley and Greg Knieriemen started Infosmack Productions and now run a very successful media business (talk shows, comedy, podcast – all storage / virtualization related) competing with the biggest media houses. You can call Marc and Greg at 1-800-INFOSMAC to appear on their podcast.  Stephen Foskett is now an end user managing 10 PB’s of Storage and turned into the biggest critic of storage and virtualization vendors. Every chance he gets he manages to beat up the vendors. Pretty apparent from his blogs, he hates everyone now…

As consolidation hits everywhere and doesn’t spare Storage Monkeys, Wikibon, Backup Central, The Register and GestaltIT, which are today called as GestaltMonkeys.com and RegisterBackupWiki.com. The storage analyst are no more just storage analyst and typically use a “i” in front of their twitter handles, website addresses and company names, showing an integration between storage and “i” products from Apple.

Many Vmware focused bloggers like Duncan Epping, Eric Siebert, Rodney Haywood, Simon Seagrave, Rich Brambley and Daniel Eason now have a big section on their blogs about HyperV, Xen, Amazon S3 and Azure. Scott Lowe’s focus has turned to Cisco and now he writes books on the next generation virtualization engine by Cisco. Marc Farley on the StorageRap blog decides to quit making those Steering Wheel Camera and Check it out videos, but continues to make 3par storage videos while hunting bears.

Storagebod now works for EMC, he has lately become “The Seller of Dreams”. Storage Architect – Chris Evans decided he had enough with the Storage Industry and now works and blogs fulltime for the Wine Industry. Jon Toigo now works at his startup called Toigo Partners on his first project called FunnyToigo designing his first disk array called the OptimizedToigo. Nigel Poulton permanently quits blogging and now works at a Networking startup with Greg Ferro as his boss. GrumpyStorage had enough with the storage industry and now calls himself GrumpyCloud.

Just realized either I am still in my dreams or today is the 1st of April… remember this is a light hearted peak into the storage industry. Which one of these is your favorite….

HP StorageWorks Tech Day 2010

March 25th, 2010 4 comments

After a successful event last year, HP again invites a group of bloggers for a round of Storage deep dive. HP has managed to pull some successful events organized specially for the Social Media folks over the past 6 months and include the #hptechday (HP StorageWorks Day), #hpbladesday (HP Blades and Software Infrastructure Day) and #hpanalystday (HP Analyst Day) which was hosted couple of weeks ago. HP is totally leveraging and pushing the social media engine for educating and creating a buzz around HP products and seems its working in there favor so far.

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This will be my 3rd visit to HP in 6 months, which includes the prior #hptechday and #hpbladesday. This is an invite only session targeted for “independent bloggers”. Most of the bloggers invited are end users, partners or consultants.

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The HP StorageWorks Day 2010, #hpstorageday is being hosted in Houston, TX on the 29th and 30th of March, 2010. The primary focus of this event is HP’s StorageWorks products. Typically in these events, we get a deep dive into products, key presentations from marketing execs and product teams, access to engineering and product designers / architectures and hands on lab/demo of the equipment.

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This is a non-NDA event, which makes it lucrative to attend and will hopefully give a vision into HP StorageWorks and Convergence roadmap.

The twitter hashtag for this event is #hpstorageday

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Some agenda as discussed on HP Storage Block Blog by Calvin Zito include

  • Key presentation by HP Executives
  • Presentation on Convergence Infrastructure
  • Presentations on StorageWorks products
  • Lab and Demos
  • Storage networking discussions
  • Storage management (SRM) discussions
  • Tour of HP labs and manufacturing facilities in Houston, including the POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter) tour.

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Here are the folks that will be attending the event (in random order)

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Over the past couple of years, HP has emerged to be one of the leading players in the storage industry. The so-called “acquisition” of Dave Donatelli from EMC has excelled HP’s movement in the converged infrastructure space along with some robust integration between its storage, networking and server platforms. Dave heads ESSN (Enterprise Server Storage Networking) Division within HP.

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The acquisition of both IBRIX and Lefthand has helped HP position itself very well in the storage and convergence space. The latest acquisition of 3Com will hopefully combine along with its current offering in the networking space and help further integrate its convergence strategy. There was a good post by Dave Vellante of Wikibon on My HP V8 Moment after he attended the #hpanalystday

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Well it all starts on the 29th of March, 2010 – Monday and Tuesday, stay tuned on Twitter for hashtag #hpstorageday

Again thanks to the IVY Worldwide team, Becca Taylor and Calvin Zito from HP for the invite to the event.

And thanks for reading this blog, appreciate all your comments, views, feedback and RT’s!!!

Cheers
@storagenerve