Heading to Cloud Field Day 5

As I write I’m currently on route to the West Coast of America, where I’ll be taking part in Cloud Field Day 5. For some reason, Gestalt IT have decided to invite me back, I clearly didn’t do anything too horrendous back at Cloud Field Day 3!

Cloud Field Day (CFD5 for short), is put together by Gestalt IT, and is part of the Tech Field Day stable of events that they have now been running for 10 years. It aims to get together a small bunch of delegates and put them in front of various tech companies over the course of a few days. The delegates come from across the globe and tend to be respected writers, bloggers, twitters etc, and me ;). It’s a hugely fun event and a massive privilege to be able to take part in.

We have a packed schedule and over the 3 days we’ll be seeing Veeam, Pure, Sysdig, Nginx, Juniper, Cohesity, Rubrik, VMware, and Datrium. For every one of those vendors, I’m really looking forward to learning what each of them is up to, especially as its likley to be direct from their technical folks.

I’m especially excited to learn from Sysdig and Nginx, as I work daily with container technologies. I’m a huge advocate for including security from day 1 in any container platform implementation, and I’m very aware of the visibility challenge the extra layers of complexity such a platform will invariably introduce. Its in these areas where I understand Sysdig aims to help, either via propriety products like Sysdig Secure or through their open source contributions such as Falco. I’m not particularly familiar with these products so I’ll be aiming to learn more about them.

Whilst Nginx powers a huge part of the web (either directly, or as the software behind services such as CloudFlare), its not something I bet most people are familiar with. Its certainly something on my list I want to learn more about, so CFD5 is the perfect opportunity for that! I’m sure they will cover what the recent F5 acquisition means for the company. I’m also interested to see if they talk about integration with Kubenetes, in regards to the Nginx Ingress controller.

I’m looking forward to seeing Rubrik again, after seeing them last year at CFD3. It will be really interesting to see how things have moved on over the last year. I’d like to find out more about how the Polaris platform has evolved, as it was launched at the same time as CFD3 was running. I’m also really excited to learn about Rubik Build, the open source community Rubik launched earlier this year.

With Pure, I’ll be interested in hearing about their persistent volume integration and management for containers, via the Pure Service Orchestrator. I’m also a tiny bit familiar with their Cloud Block Store, which looks like a great bit of engineering, so I’m fascinated to find out more.

On Veeam, they seem to be going from strength to strengh with significant recent investment. I’m really interested to hear their story of how they have evolved from being know originally as the only native virtualisation backup solution. I’ll be looking to hear about cloud integrations and migration possibilities, and also anything around Kubernetes and container based data recovery. Whilst containers can be perceived as only running stateless workloads, many applications are using containers and storing state in volumes attached to those containers, and that state often still needs to be recoverable.

Being a bit of VMware junkie, I’m really excited to visit the VMware campus for the first time. VMware plan to spend around 4 hours talking about VMware Cloud on AWS, a service I’m really excited by. I’ll be interested to hear more about technologies such as Elastic vSAN, NSX-T integration and UI enhancements, HCX capabilites, and if there are any new bare metal instance sizes. I’m also hoping they can talk a little more about AWS Outpost, if they don’t talk about it I’ll be sure to ask questions!

Last but not least, are the vendors where I don’t have any specific items of interest, such as Juniper, Cohesity and Datrium. For those companies, I’m looking forward to hearing about their general product offerings.

You can follow all of the action on Twitter under the #CFD5 hashtag and watch the live streams over at the Tech Field Day site (https://techfieldday.com/event/cfd5/) . The schedule is as follows, with UK timings added to help us Brits.

Date Time (US) Time (UK) Event
Wednesday, Apr 10 8:30-10:30 16:30 – 18:30 Veeam Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Wednesday, Apr 10 11:00-12:00 19:00-20:00 Pure Storage Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Wednesday, Apr 10 14:00-15:30 22:00 – 23:30 Sysdig Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Wednesday, Apr 10 16:00-18:00 00:00-02:00 (Thursday) NGINX Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Thursday, Apr 11 8:00-10:00 16:00-18:00 Juniper Networks Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Thursday, Apr 11 11:00-13:00 19:00-21:00 Cohesity Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Thursday, Apr 11 15:30-17:30 23:30-01:30 Rubrik Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Friday, Apr 12 9:30-14:00 17:30-22:00 VMware Presents at Cloud Field Day 5
Friday, Apr 12 15:00-17:00 23:00-01:00 Datrium Presents at Cloud Field Day 5

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