After years spent focusing on personal technology, businesses are increasingly turning back to the enterprise. The corporate IT market is much more dynamic and competitive, with a few very large “superpower” companies discovering their power to drive purchasing decisions. If a supplier can create an integrated “stack” of hardware and software, they can push product purchases that might otherwise be overlooked or postponed. This is the main reason that enterprise IT acquisitions work so well: Where a small company must fight to sell their product, a large one can hitch it to a much more strategic sale and have it pulled along.
Symantec have been looking at why customers are not going â€œthe last mileâ€ with virtualisation. Why are customers not deploying their Tier 1 applications on their virtual platforms? Symantecâ€™s view on this was that customers still have issues with application level failure within guest VMâ€™s. This product has been designed to fill that void and at present is a product with no real competitors.
As my friend Stu Miniman pointed out, a recent VMware video suggests the company is about to jump into networking in a big way. Dubbed “vFabric,” this new offering would be a generic hypervisor for virtual network devices, from load balancers to security appliances, and would presumably be integrated with the existing vNetwork Distributed Switch functionality. This appears to be more than just a generic version of what Cisco already uses for their Nexus 1000V!
Presentation #3 was by F5 networks at the F5 Technology Center. Compellent presented to the Tech Field Day delegation about their automated storage solution which they call â€œFluid Dataâ€. View Compellentâ€™s introductory video. The final Tech Field Day presentation was from NEC, on their HYDRAstor storage array.
The Seattle Tech Field Day was actually 2 days. Across those 2 days, the TFD delegates watched 5 presentations from 5 different vendors, plus had a mixer-style dinner with all the vendors. Most of these presentations were storage and virtualization related. Only one vendor, F5 Networks, would be considered to be a networking company, and even their presentation showed some of their fancy new integration with VMware.
Dan is down with the flu, so Greg and Ethan bring Brandon Carroll on board to discuss the news of the week in an abbreviated program.
Gestalt IT is pleased to announce the next date in our ongoing series of Tech Field Day events. The Field Day delegates will convene in Seattle, WA on July 15 and 16, engaging some of the most innovative and interesting IT infrastructure companies.
Although Tech Field Day Seattle hasn’t officially been announced yet, we have started naming names. Six delegates have been confirmed and announced so far, all of them new to the event.
Solid-state storage performance stalwart, Texas Memory Systems (TMS), has secured access to the patents and source code of SAN virtualization pioneer, Incipient, Inc. TMS will likely use this new technology to cluster and scale their storage offerings, while Incipient remains independent for now.