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:
Most presentations are streamed live on this page, at TechFieldDay.com, 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!
|Engineering his way ‘downunder’ to the CCIE.|
|Bob McCouch, CCIE #38296, is a networking consultant in Pennsylvania, USA, with over 10 years of industry experience.|
|CCIE Instructor, Blogger, and Technology Enthusiast|
|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 is an independent network consultant, recovering UNIX sysadmin and protocol aficionado|
|Soon to be Author, Blogger, NA and CA IPv6 Task Force, Microsoft MVP, IT Pro, Network Engineer, Technical Speaker, IPv6 Evangelist|
|Network architect, CCIE, podcaster & blogger.|
|Greg is a freelance Network Architect and Engineer, host of Packet Pushers Podcast and semi-professional writer.|
|Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, is the chief technology advisor at NIL Data Communications.|
|Jason Edelman, CCIE 15394, is a Senior Solutions Architect at a VAR focused on emerging networking technologies.|
|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!
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!