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Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview

January 8th, 2015

VFD LogoI am very honoured and hugely excited to have been invited to the legendary Virtualisation Field Day, being run by Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth as part of their Tech Field Day series of events.

I’ve been following Tech Field day events since they started and to be invited as a delegate for Virtualisation Field Day 4, #VFD4, is fantastic.

What a cool list of delegates I’ll be joining: Amit Panchal, Amy Manley, Christopher Kusek, Emad Younis, James Green, Jeff Wilson, Justin Warren, Larry Smith, Marco Broeken, Matt Simmons, Mike Preston. I’ve met a number of them before so will be happy to reconnect and meet some more amazing people in person finally.

VFD4 is in Austin, Texas from 14th-16th January, that’s next week and being Austin is meant to be warm and sunny! It should have been a welcome break from cold and dark London but seems the weather currently forecast for next week will be only a few degrees warmer! Can’t complain though as some of the rest of the USA is well below freezing.

Tech Field Day events are structured so a bunch of companies within a particular IT sphere (virtualisation obviously for VFD4) present on whatever they have to say to a group of what are called delegates who get to ask questions.

What sets Tech Field Day apart from being just another presentation is that they are streamed live. This isn’t a closed door, behind the curtain, please stay beyond the cordon while we polish and perfect everything for your consumption event. What we hear is what you will hear if you watch the stream. I therefore see my participation as a delegate as two fold. Obviously being there I can interact directly and ask any questions or ask for clarification but in my opinion even more importantly can act as a proxy for everyone else who can’t physically be there and so can have a chance to be involved pretty much as if you were there and ask questions via the delegates. The conversation will be happening on Twitter with the #VFD4 hash tag. If you don’t want to publicly ask your question, feel free to DM me or send an email and I’ll ask your question.

I’ve been having a look at the companies presenting so here are some of my thoughts, presentation times are local to Austin.

Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: SimpliVity Wednesday, Jan 14 09:30 – 11:30
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: Platform9 Wednesday, Jan 14 13:00 – 15:00
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: VMTurbo Wednesday, Jan 14 15:30 – 17:30
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: StorMagic Thursday, Jan 15 08:00 – 10:00
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: SolarWinds Thursday, Jan 15 10:30 – 12:30
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: CommVault Thursday, Jan 15 13:30 – 15:30
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: Dell Friday, Jan 16 08:00 – 12:00
Virtualisation Field Day 4 Preview: Scale Computing Friday, Jan 16 13:00 – 15:00

There’s going to be a lot to learn and discuss next week so I’m very much looking forward to being part of something amazing.

Gestalt IT is paying for travel, accommodation and things to eat to attend Virtualisation Field Day but aren’t paying a penny for me to write anything good or bad about anyone.

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