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Storage Field Day 7 – 11-13 March 2015

Storage Field Day 7 – 11-13 March 2015

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Next week I will be in the Bay Area to attend Storage Field Day #7, the latest event of Stephen Foskett’s hugely successful Tech Field Days.  The Tech Field Day (TFD) series has been running since 2009 (see the nice picture with the first attendees in it) and has grown to encompass specific disciplines including virtualisation, networking, wireless and potentially “big data” some time this year.  There are also a number of mini field days at tech conferences.

If you’ve seen and experienced TFD before then feel free to stop reading now; if not then please read on.  The TFD series is technically focused, with independent bloggers providing presenting vendors with a set of tough and incisive questions as they go into deep dive on their technology offerings.  Videos are live and on-demand shortly after the end of each day (especially for those of us not in the PST timezone).  There’s also a lively twitter stream of comments, chat and opinion to supplement the in-person comments.  This means of course, you have the ability to join in the conversation yourself and engage with the conversation – ask a question on Twitter and someone will ask it for you (hashtag #SFD7).

2010-2014-Tech-Field-Day-ViewsSo who watches TFD presentations?  Well, check out the stats on Stephen’s post here – which shows, in total since the event started, over 750,000 video views and a growth pattern that continues to climb rapidly.  This of course is only one part of getting the message out; there have been hundreds of blog posts created and thousands of tweets written, so any vendor presenting can be sure of great exposure.

Who will we see at SFD7?  The list is currently:

  • Catalogic Software
  • Cloudian
  • Transporter
  • EMC
  • Exablox
  • Kaminario
  • Maxta
  • Primary Data
  • Springpath

Some of the more forward thinking bloggers (Keith & Co) attending the event have already posted background information on these companies.  I’ve provided a few links at the end of this post, plus a link to Arjan Timmerman’s summary of the attendees (saves me a job).  So look out for comments from Wednesday 11th march and use the #SDF7 to keep in touch.

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Disclaimer:  I was personally invited to attend Tech Field Day, with the event team covering my travel and accommodation costs.  However I was not compensated for my time.  I am not required to blog on any content; blog posts are not edited or reviewed by the presenters or Tech Field Day team before publication.

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
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