It really has been a field day the last day and a half here in Silicon Valley. We’re in the final stretch of the Gestalt IT sponsored Tech Field Day, which brings together independent bloggers from around the globe for hands-on demos at Silicon Valley storage and virtualization companies.
The participants are some of the smartest and most influential in their fields (see the full list here). They haven’t spared the presenting companies–lobbing difficult questions and putting their opinions out on Twitter. For those who survived the drubbing, it’s been celebratory. We’ve all been following the conversation on the #TechFieldDay hashtag.
The morning here at Ocarina was a blast. Co-presenter and partner Nirvanix announced its upcoming CloudNAS 2.0–due out November 20. And our “bring out your data” challenge yielded two winners, and our average compression rates with these tougher than tough data sets was impressive. (A whole new post on this to come soon.) On Twitter, folks were raving about the whiteboard session on compression and dedupe by our CTO, Goutham Rao. As Devang Panchigar, known to many of us as @Storagenerve summed it up: “Rest of the presenters at #techfieldday, please be ready for deepdive sessions, ppl are loving it need tech not marketing.”
And we must apologize for the arctic conditions at the front of the room nearest the servers. Lots of tweets about using laptops as heaters and renting jackets. Guess that air conditioning works just a little too well!
Here are the posts I’ve seen so far on the event–no doubt there will be more.
First of all, Rick Vanover has been busy!
**Update** One more post from Rick: Day 2 recap of Tech Field Day
Within minutes of leaving Ocarina (or perhaps while still there) he posted this on Tech Republic: Storage-based compression and deduplication overview. Plus all these are also up:
TechRepublic – Storage in the cloud: Availability and SLAs
Rick Vanover’s Blog – Field Day Recap of Activities
Virtualization Review – Every Day Virtualization: Quick Thoughts on Virtualized I/O
Rick Vanover’s Blog – Gestalt IT Tech Field Day: Here we go!
Live blogging has been going on nonstop on John Obeto’s Absolutely Windows blog.
Musings of Rodos – Three days of posts:
And … Day 2
Featuring a video interview with Goutham Rao, CTO of Ocarina Networks, whose whiteboard presentation was a deep dive into the technology behind our compression and dedupe solution.
And now … Summary post: Gestalt IT Field Days 2009
Carlo Costanz0 – VMWare Info Tech Field Day
Rich Brambley - Gestalt IT Tech Field Day: Day 2 With a lovely picture of Mike Wilson, test architect at Ocarina running the compression of the participants’ data sets.
Marc Farley – StorageRap – Boy, the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day yesterday sure was fun This post includes a video featuring this blogger and Mr. Farley going on a mission for organizer Stephen Foskett.
Looking forward to seeing what else comes out. What a truly joyous and interesting event!