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Hype and Reality Are Not Related

The history of information technology is bound up with hype. In this discussion, Tech Field Day 24 delegates Paul Stringfellow, Robert Novak, and Craig Rodgers discuss the endless parade of hype with Stephen Foskett. Whether it’s 5G or edge or disaggregated infrastructure or the cloud, every technology goes through a wave of hype before it becomes reality. How can we tell what a technology will really deliver and what’s just marketing talk? The famous Gartner Hype Cycle is more about marketing than the reality of technology adoption, and a product can be good or bad regardless of the amount of hype surrounding it. That’s one thing the delegates are watching for during the Field Day events! Amazingly, hype can even be productive in pushing change and adoption of new concepts, and even product development to meet these inflated expectations.

On-Premises for Today’s Roundtable:


Craig Rodgers

Paul Stringfellow

Rob Novak


Stephen Foskett

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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.

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