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I’m really honored to have been invited to as a delegate at the first edition of Data Field Day (#DFD1) event, scheduled in May 13–15, 2015 in California (Silicon Valley).

Like others Technical Field Day events, Data Field Day is organized by Stephen Foskett and his team, with the purpose of bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format.

Data Field Day event will cover different topics: from big data to analytics to hyperscale architecture and cloud security, and all waves of innovations that are transforming the IT. A new format for some growing trends, including micro-services, mobile and the Internet-connected world.

Announced vendors that will present are:

  • Cloudera: if you talk about Big Data you cannot mention Cloudera that not only one of the first Hadoop distribution, but it’s really strong (and the fact that has start early in the big data world will really help) in the services aspects (including Big Data as a Service offers on different platform included Azure), both for support and also for training/certification. I’ve met them on 2014 and I’m really curios to listen something news and their point of view on how it is transforming.
  • Hedvig: this company is completly new for me and by looking at their web site, seems more a (modern) storage company. But if you look carefully at the architecture it’s a distribuited storage platorm with a native API for consume the resource (and also a proxy for all “traditional” access). Also they are supporting both x86 and ARM servers (this second one is still not so common in storage, but become more and more interesting in the server arena). I’m really curious and excited to learn more and more.
  • SanDisk: this company does not need presentation, it’s well know in the consumer space, but also in the enterprise space (they’ve bought Fusion-IO less than one year ago). I’ve met then several times, but I’m really curious to see how their presentation will match the DFD topics.
  • One secret company (until the event): of course on this I cannot say nothing (yet). But I’m really excited to join at one Field Day with a “stealth” company (there is a long tradition of companies that have been revealed during those events).

As other Tech Field Day, all sessions will be streamed live, and recordings will be available after the event and could become available also for non delegates. In most cases they become a must to understand some technologies (see this post on why you need to be watching Tech Field Day).

One big new from other Tech Field events is that Data Field Day will also include a special Ignite-style event the evening of Wednesday, May 13. I’ve no idea yet on how will be work, but there will be lightning talks about cloud security, scalable data platforms, DevOps, containers, and many topics besides… so something really cool!

It’s not the only notable difference: the delegated list is more heterogeneousthan usual (and this could be really cool for sharing different point of view and different experiences) and the number of companies is shorted than usual (this will mean days less dense or more space for each sessions, in both cases will be great to learn more).

I can’t way! of course, I will prepare some reports after (or maybe during) the event itself.

See also the posts of some other #DFD1 delegate:

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.


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.