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VFD-LogoI’ve already written some general considerations about the Tech Field Day events and now it’s the turn to write something particularly on the third edition of the Virtualization Field Day (#VFD3).

The organization itself of this event is perfect and honestly the Stephen Foskett‘s idea to make the Tech Field Day is awesome and represent a big opportunity both for the vendors (that can spread the voice in a different way) and for the delegates (that can really learn a lot from new solutions and/or approaches). For this reason my first thanks goes to the entire event staff (Stephen Foskett, Claire Chaplais, Tom Hollingsworth and Benjamin Freedman).

Then I need to thank and spend some words about the sponsors: without them and their support is not possible have a Tech Field Day, or at least is not possible cover the travel expense to permit also to European people to join at this kind of events that are always in US (by the way will be awesome have one Tech Field Day or at least one Roundtable also in Europe, sometimes…).

I’ve write some dedicated post for each sponsor of #VFD3 with for information and impression about each of them:

As you can notice there were three storage vendors although it wasn’t a Storage Field Day (but also at the Storage Field Day there could be some vendors not necessary storage focused), but actually rappresent also the attention and the focus of the virtualization world on the storage side and expecially on the Software Defined Storage.

Honestly is not so easy say which was the best presentation at this event. All of them were almost good and the interaction was wonderful, so I will only say that was really surprise by the Coho Data solution and approach (SDS+SDN) and I’ve appreciated the scientific approach of Pure Storage and CloudPhysics.

And what about the delegates and the #VFD3 group?

About the spirit, the people, the overall event it’s really amazing: many of the delegates meet in person for the very first time (this edition was characterized by several new delegates, included me) although, of course, they have engaged through social media in the past. But also of the new people, it was really friendly environment and a unique experience.  Tech Field Day is a community event for the community that can build stronger relationship and improve the quality and the level of the knowledge of each of us.

Also Eric Wrigth has written his impressions and consideration about #VFD3 and his post () give some good points.

And finally the #VFD3 by the numbers (see also Virtualization Field Day 3 Twitter Statistics):

  • 3 days (March 05-07)
  • 11 delegates
  • 7 companies
  • 37 videos
  • 2375 total tweets (during the event)
  • around 150 tweets for most delegates

Disclaimer: I’ve been invited to this event by Gestalt IT and they will paid for accommodation and travels, but I’m not compensated for my time and I’m not obliged to blog. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or published by any other person than me.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2794 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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