Podcast 6: Stack Wars Roundtable 1

  1. Podcast 1: Gestalt IT Tech Field Day Overview
  2. Podcast 2: Tech Field Day Drobo Roundtable
  3. Podcast 3: Tech Field Day VKernel Roundtable
  4. Podcast 4: Virtual Field Day Nimbus Roundtable
  5. Podcast 5: HP Roundtable at Tech Field Day
  6. Podcast 6: Stack Wars Roundtable 1
  7. Podcast 7: Stack Wars Roundtable 2
  8. Podcast 8: Symantec Application HA, VirtualStore, and NetBackup 7
  9. Podcast 9: Compellent Roundtable at Tech Field Day
  10. Talking Cloud Storage Gateways With Nasuni and Cirtas
  11. Podcast 11: Why do we have Wi-Fi controllers in the enterprise?

This week’s Tech Field Day roundtable discussion is an audio chat on the subject of stack wars – the creation of all-in-one “stacks” of IT equipment by the major vendors. These stacks have been quite a hot topic of discussion both inside Gestalt IT and in the community as a whole.

The discussion was wide-ranging, and we’ve split it into two episodes. This first episode includes discussion of the following:

  • What is a stack anyway? Is it enough to have a pile of kit or do you need unifying management?
  • Why are vendors doing this? Are they trying to lock us in or is there some progressive concept here?
  • Are stacks and clouds synonymous? Ed jokes that stack is the new cloud, but perhaps there’s something deeper here.
  • Are stacks just for high end? Edward points out that some companies are offering much smaller options, and even software-only stacks.
  • Greg and Robin talk about the progress made in the 1980’s and 1990’s towards exploded “best of breed” architecture and point out that the new stacks are opposed to this concept.
  • Who are we marketing the stack to? Rich and Ed note that it’s more appropriate for new customers (high-level management, service providers) not the old IT folks.
  • Rich brings up the topic of VDI. Perhaps stacks and blocks make sense for VDI where they might not be applicable in the server-oriented data center space.
  • Another concern is the balance of resources in stacks or blocks – what happens if you run out of storage or some other resource? And what happens if, as Greg points out, somewhere inside the stack is a piece of “rubbish” equipment?

Joining the call are the following Gestalt IT authors and Field Day delegates:

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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 TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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