This post is part of the blog series related to Storage Field Day 13 and the Pure Storage Accelerate conferences. Find out the entire SFD13 content, presentations, articles, presenting companies and delegates here.
As the title says, I’m in for a very special week in June! I have the pleasure and honor to be invited at the Pure Accelerate conference in San Francisco, then at Storage Field Day 13. This thirteenth edition will, for a change, take place in Denver, Colorado – a first for me!
This event will take place over three days, between June 12th and June 14th. I will be participating in the quality of Storage Field Day delegate, albeit only on 12th and partially on 13th. I’m excited to meet the Pure crew again and hopefully physically see the new FlashArray //X about which I wrote when it was launched, not too far ago. I’m also looking forward to see how FlashBlade adoption is progressing, and generally look at what Pure have in the making.
If you aren’t registered yet, head over here to view about the event and eventually register. For those going, I’m looking forward to meet you
FTC Disclosure: Since early May-17, I have become an investor in Pure Storage, merely by virtue of learning to work with stock/market applications. I own 2 (yes, two) shares of Pure Storage, so hopefully you will understand that at the current market value of one PSTG.K share, my opinions about Pure Storage are very likely to remain objective and not influenced by my stake in the company.
Storage Field Day 13
Storage Field Day 13, a part of the Tech Field Day events organized by Gestalt IT, predictably focuses on storage technologies, trends and industry actors. Once again, I’ll have the privilege to join a group of rock-solid industry experts, prominent analysts and seasoned subject matter experts who share the love for storage technologies – another chance to learn from the experts!
The delegates will listen and interact with the following companies:
- Dell EMC – I’m looking forward to hear from Dell EMC post consolidation. I’ve limited interactions with them as a customer currently, mainly with vBlocks and Dell XC systems. My former interactions with EMC were as a Clariion admin in 2009-2012 period, then as an EMC partner when I was working at Dimension Data. I must confess I’m quite neutral towards them, so I have high expectations.
- Exablox – I met Exablox at Storage Field Day 10 in May 2016. I liked the technology but for whatever reason I never had the opportunity to write about them. I hope to learn something new this time and finally come up with an interesting article. And for those who don’t know, Exablox folks are nerds about coffee and probably have one of the best espresso machines & coffee I’ve had in the USA. Looking forward to get my shot!
- Primary Data – This will be my third encounter with Primary Data. I’ve written about them extensively here. The last time I’ve met them was at Storage Field Day 11 in October 2016. I am curious to hear what news they have.
- Seagate – I know Seagate mainly as a manufacturer of HDD and SSD devices. They also have a line of Data Center products, about which I know very little. Will they speak about that? Or their latest innovations in the world of flash media? It would be interesting to hear about ClusterStor. Let’s see here too.
- SNIA – All I know about the SNIA is that it is a non-profit working with industry actors. I recall that they work or contribute on protocols, initiatives and specifications such as Swordfish. To me, it’s the storage industry version of the IETF (the Internet Engineering Task Force, not the fictional Star Wars universe Imperial Engineering Task Force!). Will they talk about Swordfish? Or advances in the industry? Their stance on NVMe? Let’s be surprised.
- X-IO – The surprise of the show. I don’t know them at all, and I had first mistaken them for one of their competitors. They seem to have a comprehensive product line using a very specific technology. I’m looking forward to hopefully get a deep-dive and get an understanding of which workloads / market segments they are targeting.
Storage Field Day 13 will, like all Tech Field Day events, be broadcasted live (the stream will be reachable directly from www.techfieldday.com main page). Be sure to tune in when we will be live and use the #SFD13 tag to interact with the delegates, the TFD crew and presenting companies. We will definitely be on Twitter.
See you soon in Denver or online!
SFD13 Disclosure: this post is a part of my SFD13 post series. I am invited to the Storage Field Day 11 event by Gestalt IT. Gestalt IT will cover travel, accommodation and food during the SFD13 event duration. I will not receive any compensation for participation in this event, and I am also not obliged to blog or produce any kind of content. Any tweets, blog articles or any other form of content I may produce are the exclusive product of my interest in technology and my will to share information with my peers. I will commit to share only my own point of view and analysis of the products and technologies I will be seeing/listening about during this event.