Tech Field Day #5 featured some amazing companies and products. While I do not want to reinvent the wheel and duplicate much of the writing that the other delegates have provided, I would like to take a moment to comment on all of the presentations. Read on for my take on the Tech Field Day #5 presenting sponsors and their respective products.
Gestalt IT is pleased to announce our next Tech Field Day event. The Field Day delegates will convene in and around San Jose, CA on February 9 and 10, 2011. There, they will engage some of the most innovative and interesting IT infrastructure companies, with leading enterprise software provider, Symantec, headlining.
Surprise! Huawei Symantec has arrived in the United States, ready to take on the midrange storage and network security market with a line of devices that have proven their worth in the international market for three years. I sat down with the company’s management at Storage Networking World and quizzed them on their plans and aspirations for growth.
Oracle has its sights set very high. Although the company is best-known for its namesake database software, a steady string of acquisitions has transformed the company (and its colorful leader, Larry Ellison) into an industry powerhouse. Much speculation revolves around Oracle’s next move, and a surprising meme is developing, suggesting that the company is looking at making another massive purchase. Could HP or NetApp follow Sun into the hands of Oracle?
Today is the (a?) day of reckoning in the 3Par saga, with Dell widely expected to make a counter-offer higher than HP’s bid. But this mega deal, like the Data Domain war before it, sends a strong signal to the enterprise IT world: It’s open season on data storage companies! But the rising superpowers are also likely looking at networking as an area of expansion. The game is afoot!
This week’s Tech Field Day roundtable discussion is an audio chat on the subject of Symantec’s VMworld-related announcements. This discussion occurred prior to the official announcement of these three products and was part of our joint effort to support VMworld, including Symantec’s sponsorship of our “Get Away to VMworld” contest.
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.
When we announced our “Get Away to VMworld” contest, we knew it would be popular. But we had no idea that it would spark interest from so many people! We are overwhelmed by the response, with more than 70 entries, and by the support from our friends at Symantec, Xsigo, Zetta, and Veeam. It has been so successful, many are asking us to do it again for future shows, and not just VMworld!
We’re extending and enhancing the Gestalt IT â€œGet Away to VMworldâ€ Contest thanks to two wonderful additional sponsors, Zetta and Veeam!
The annual VMworld gathering in San Francisco has become the central event for virtualization-related companies, but not everyone can attend this must-go event. So we contacted some of our favorite technology companies about sponsoring a contest to send another deserving person to the show!