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Announcing Tech Field Day 4: This Week in San Jose!

Gestalt IT is pleased to announce our next  Tech Field Day event. The Field Day delegates will convene this week in San Jose, CA, engaging some of the most innovative and interesting IT infrastructure companies.

The unique Field Dayâ„  concept brings together as equals two groups that rarely meet: Product vendors and independent thought leaders. The event includes 11 delegates and just five speaking slots. Both vendors and delegates are nominated and selected by an independent team of volunteers based on interest, technology and passion. The resulting discussions are packed with technical information, with feedback and questions flowing both ways across the table.

Presenting Sponsors

Just seven companies will sponsor and present at Tech Field Day 4. Delegates will spend two to four hours with each vendor, learning about their products, technology, and relevance to modern IT practices. The Gestalt IT Tech Field Day events have attracted some of the biggest names in information technology, and this event is no exception.

Tech Field Day 4 begins Thursday, November 11 at the NetApp campus in Sunnyvale. We will spend the morning learning about their unified storage technology and looking into their latest product updates. After lunch, the delegates will move to the PlugandPlay Tech Center to learn about the virtual I/O products developed by Aprius. Avere Systems is up next, presenting their tiered NAS appliances.

Friday begins with data management startup, Actifio. Intel hosts the delegates next, covering converged networking and their latest Xeon server processor technology. Friday afternoon will be hosted by The Hoffman Group in San Jose. There, Field Day veterans, SolarWinds, will cover their management and monitoring software. We will conclude the event with a look at the cloud backup capabilities made possible by Asigra.

Selected Delegates

Only eleven hand-picked delegates will attend this Tech Field Day event. Our selection process focuses on the unique characteristics of thought leaders: Independence, open-mindedness, technical knowledge, and influence are key criteria. The global team of delegates come from a variety of backgrounds, including server virtualization, enterprise storage, networking, security, and systems administration.

Field Day alumni,  Brandon Carroll,  Matt Simmons,  Derek Schauland, and  Robin Harris will be joined by seven new delegates:  Jon Owings,  Edward Aractingi,  Frank Owen,  Chris Dearden,  Bill Hill,  Paul Miller, and  Joe Onisick. Each has distinguished himself in his community, and each was selected by a team of delegates from past events.

About Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day

Complete delegate and sponsor lists are available at the  Gestalt IT  web site. We encourage those interested in IT infrastructure topics to follow the delegates on Gestalt IT (, Twitter ( and, Facebook (, LinkedIn (, Flickr (  and Vimeo (

For the first time, Tech Field Day will be streamed live over the Internet. Visit the special Tech Field Day 4 live stream page during the event to follow along!

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This is the concept behind Gestalt IT – that experts in a variety of disciplines are stronger when they work together. As a group, we formed a media organization focused on promoting community among independent thought leaders in IT infrastructure topics. Our productions include the Gestalt IT web site and the series of Tech Field Day events. Gestalt IT Media LLC community organizer, Stephen Foskett, can be contacted at, [email protected], or (508)451-9532.

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.


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