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I’m heading to Tech Field Day 11 and DockerCon!

June 9th, 2016
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Tech Field Day

Tech Field Day 11 is happening in Boston, from 22-24 June and I feel very honored to be asked to participate as a delegate.

This will be my third Tech Field Day event, I previously attended Virtualisation Field Day 4 and Virtualisation Field Day 6. I like the change back to the roots of naming it Tech Field Day as virtualisation is so ubiquitous it has lost its meaning and can in some circumstances be a limiting definition.

I’ll be joined by Alastair Cooke, Andreas LesslhumerArjan TimmermanDrew Conry-MurrayHoward MarksJoep PiscaerJon HildebrandMariusz KaczorekMark MayMatthew Leib and Raff Poltronieri

Great to also have three new faces to the Tech Field Day family, new thoughts and voices are always important and as Tech Field Day covers the whole IT spectrum we have storage and networking specialists in the mix with more generalists like myself.

The format is the same as other events, companies get a chance to present their products which is all streamed live for anyone to view, there’s no closed door policy, what we see is what you see. More importantly you can also join in publicly via the connectedness of social media on #TFD11 or privately via DM/email if you prefer to keep a low profile.

Here are some of my advanced thoughts on the companies presenting:


Equally exciting is on the way to Tech Field Day I’ll be flying via Seattle to be at DockerCon from 19-21 June.

Docker has had so much buzz surrounding it over such a short time its crazy not to get caught up in the excitement and where better to get immersed than at DockerCon itself.

Much has already been written about Docker but we’re only starting to scratch the surface of this new option in microservice delivery for simpler application deployment.


What is super interesting is that Microsoft is the main sponsor. Yes, a container packaging / management framework built for Linux is being brought into the Windows ecosystem. That is unbelievably powerful.

As workloads start to span clouds and we are able to take advantage of features from different clouds this is hugely important. Being able to first of all describe the config you want whether it is a docker container on Linux or an upcoming Windows Server 2016 native container using the same descriptive language is the operational simplicity we all want.

If you have code that works best on Linux, great, if you have code that works best on Windows, great, but now you can define and orchestrate the building and deployment of two completely different containers environments with the same tools. We’re only starting to see the possibilities and as we see the ecosystem mature there is a huge amount of innovation that will be realised.

I’ll be very interested to see first of all how Docker for Windows will work but also to see how Docker and largely containers are going to play out in the future.

What’s the future of containers and Docker?

  • Are they just a replacement for VMs?
  • How is the security isolation being advanced to further blur the lines between when you need a VM vs needing a container.
  • Is Ubuntu LXC the container hypervisor to rule them all
  • What do people think of the future of VMware and its Photon Platform?
  • Will the innovation for containers largely happen outside the actual container itself and Docker containers become more of an invisible component, great for the community but not so great for Docker itself as a company.
  • How does Mesosphere vs. Kubernetes vs. Docker Swarm play out?
  • How will the future serverless platforms run on invisible containers?
  • Are containers just the PDF of infrastructure?

Much to learn, very exciting.

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

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