It is with much delight I received an email recently inviting me back to San Jose, California for Network Field Day 6 this September. Tech Field Day is described on the website as the following:

Our Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived and by the general public.

NFD4 had a profound impact on my career with a recent promotion. I really believe in the platform and what it can offer to vendors, delegates, and the community as a whole.

Much has changed and the landscape has certainly evolved since I was last in Silicon Valley. This year has a strong software focus and riding on industry trends of late, I expect a lot around SDN, SDDC, and overlays.

The vendors who are sponsoring NFD6 are below.

Here is the presentation schedule:

Presentation Calendar

Most presentations are streamed live on this page, at, and at some delegate and presenter web sites. After the event, the following pages contain video recordings of these presentations.

Wednesday, Sep 11 09:30-11:30 Spirent Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Wednesday, Sep 11 13:00-15:00 Plexxi Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Wednesday, Sep 11 15:30-17:30 ThousandEyes Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Thursday, Sep 12 10:00-12:00 WildPackets Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Thursday, Sep 12 13:00-15:00 Big Switch Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Thursday, Sep 12 16:00-18:00 Nuage Networks Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Friday, Sep 13 08:00-10:00 SolarWinds Presents at Networking Field Day 6
Friday, Sep 13 10:30-12:30 Aruba Networks Presents at Networking Field Day 6


The vendors who have me quite excited are:

  • Plexxi – Since their disruptive debut to the market Plexxi has had an edge about it which I can’t seem to ignore. With affinity based networking coupled with Layer 1 reprogramming of their fibre ring, this company shows promise to pave their own way. Eager to see what the brains trust put forth to us this time around.
  • Thousand Eyes – cloud monitoring and detailed reporting brings transparency to SaaS providers and their customers. I have played a little with their offering and I hope to gain a fresh perspective from their presentation.
  • Wild Packets and Aruba – For me these two are the odd ones out. Wireless based vendors breaking into the enterprise. Mind wide open here so I do not know what to expect and I am looking to be impressed.

Here are the delegates! Check out the number of CCIEs! It will be great catching up with those I met last time and the new faces too! Anthony Burke @Pandom_
Engineering his way ‘downunder’ to the CCIE. Bob McCouch @BobMcCouch
Bob McCouch, CCIE #38296, is a networking consultant in Pennsylvania, USA, with over 10 years of industry experience. Brandon Carroll @BrandonCarroll
CCIE Instructor, Blogger, and Technology Enthusiast Brent Salisbury @NetworkStatic
Brent Salisbury works as a Network Architect, CCIE #11972. Carole Warner Reece @cwreece
Carole is a senior network consultant for NetCraftsmen with over fifteen years of industry experience. Chris Marget @ChrisMarget
Chris is an independent network consultant, recovering UNIX sysadmin and protocol aficionado Ed Horley @EHorley
Soon to be Author, Blogger, NA and CA IPv6 Task Force, Microsoft MVP, IT Pro, Network Engineer, Technical Speaker, IPv6 Evangelist Ethan Banks @ECBanks
Network architect, CCIE, podcaster & blogger. Greg Ferro @EtherealMind
Greg is a freelance Network Architect and Engineer, host of Packet Pushers Podcast and semi-professional writer. Ivan Pepelnjak @IOSHints
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, is the chief technology advisor at NIL Data Communications. Jason Edelman @JEdelman8
Jason Edelman, CCIE 15394, is a Senior Solutions Architect at a VAR focused on emerging networking technologies. Matt Oswalt @Mierdin
Matt Oswalt is a datacenter network engineer, blogger, and podcast host

The lovely people who organise this event now have an extra helper this year! Claire Chaplais @CChaplais Stephen Foskett @SFoskett Tom Hollingsworth @NetworkingNerd

The hashtag on twitter #NFD6 will link you in to all of us tweeting. With my tim tams packed, my vegemite at the ready, I look forward to leaving the land down under and sharing in what this event has to offer.

Follow along and enjoy the ride! September 11-13 there will be a live stream up for you to watch. Recordings will follow later with our blogs and more!


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