TFD is going to rock the delegates from June 22 through June 24 in Boston, MA. And you can rock too! The TFD presentations are both live-streamed then archived online so you can get access to the same high-quality, deep-dive technical content as the delegates. Sweet!
The full schedule, with live stream links, is available here.
Unlike other Field Day events that are aligned around technology domains (networking, wireless, etc.), Tech Field Day busts the silos; the presenters come from a variety of verticals, including security, data center networking, data analytics, and replication and business continuity.
In my brief review of the presenters, three high-level themes have emerged: virtualization, analytics, and data protection/storage. But each company has its own take on these themes and are applying them to different problems, so I’m anticipating a good variety of discussion.
Here’s a list of the companies presenting, with a short description of each. Several delegates have already written preview blogs on the presenters, so if you scroll down to the bottom of this page you can see what they’re saying.
NetWrix: NetWrix sells auditing software for security and compliance It tracks data access and data changes on Exchange, SharePoint, VMware, and other applications. Auditing and compliance are a pain, and a large number of companies sell audit/compliance aspirin, so I’m interested to see how NetWrix differentiates itself.
CloudPhysics: This company is all about analyzing vSphere environments to help operators troubleshoot, track configuration changes over time, and maximize efficiency. What are they bringing to the table that VMware isn’t already? I’ll ask.
Actifio: The company says that it “virtualizes” enterprise application data to provide a gold copy for management and re-use by other applications. I’m curious to hear more about how this works and to drill down on the technology and value proposition.
Plexistor: Plexistor makes software to turn commodity servers into souped-up data processing devices for in-memory databases and Big Data analytics. This isn’t an area where I have a lot of experience, so I expect to find myself in the deep end of the pool pretty quickly. But that’s a good way to learn to swim (or at least dog paddle).
Comtrade: Comtrade provides IT solutions such as software development and solution implementation and engineering, to industries including gaming, banking, telcos, and the public sector. The software division will be presenting to the delegates.
Zerto: Zerto offers replication and BC/DR software for virtualized and cloud environments. No arguments on the mission, so let’s dig into specifics and differentiation.
Plexxi: Yay! A networking company! Plexxi is an interesting beast: kind of cloudy, kind of SDN-y. It has its own line of hardware switches that let you build a single-tier data center network, plus controller software for automation and management, and a “platform” (is that another word for APIs?) to integrate third-party orchestration and provisioning tools. Plexxi sponsored a Packet Pushers podcast in 2012, and I’m looking forward to learning more.