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Converging Conference Communities in the Cloud | Gestalt IT Rundown: September 30, 2020

VMworld announcements galore, Intel nomenclature, and even more on this episode of the Gestalt IT Rundown!

News or Nah

Next-Generation D-Wave Quantum Annealer

If there is a Tesla of quantum computing, it’s D-Wave. They’ve been leading the pack, and just announced their next-generation quantum annealer, or “chip” in common parlance. Is it a big deal or just more nothing?

Intel’s 11th-Generation Tiger Canyon NUC

Stephen is an avid NUC user, and many of us have been following the development of Intel’s ultra-compact computer for years. News just dropped of the 11th generation NUC, known as Tiger Canyon. What does Stephen think of this upgrade? Is it worthy of the history of the NUC?

VMware vRealize AI Cloud

VMware AI Cloud was just announced, is it the final realization of the VMware SDDC or is just another misuse of AI / ML for the sake of marketing?

Arista Acquires Awake Security

Arista Networks is a long-time Field Day presenter, and they just announced at Networking Field Day that they are acquiring Awake Security. What does Awake bring to Arista, and is this big news or just another acquisition?

UHS Hospital System Hit by Ransomware

One of the largest hospital systems in the United States was just hit by malware. Universal Health Service has hospitals all across the country, and media are suggesting that tne Ryuk ransomware has disrupted operations of these hospitals across the country. Is this just the latest attack or something more serious?

Rundown Discussion

Decoding Intel’s 10nm Nomenclature

We’ve been talking for months about Intel’s stumbling in the horse race in semiconductor manufacturing. One of the most challenging aspects of this is figuring out just what the terms mean. This week we spotted a great article on AnandTech that shows just how confusing this can be! Intel’s 10nm process has had a dozen different names and many different iterations. What should we make of this situation?

VMware Project Monterey

VMware is partnering with companies like Pensando, Nebulon, and Nvidia to build a composable infrastructure solution around next-generation smart network cards. Known as data processing units or DPUs, this was the prize in Nvidia’s acquisition of Mellanox and allows flexible next-generation systems to be developed. We’ve seen presentations by Pensando and Nebulon at Field Day, and have been following Mellanox for years. What should we make of Project Monterey?

VMworld Shows the Future of Virtual Conferences

Of all the enterprise tech conferences, VMworld is legendary. It’s the conference that brings the entire datacenter industry together, and is the best-attended conference for independent bloggers like us. Thanks to the pandemic, VMworld went virtual this year. What do we think of the conference this year, and what does this mean for the future of tech conferences in general?

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About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.