I’m going to keep this recap brief because I have an entire slew of thoughts to work out into content over the next few weeks. I spent the week in San Jose for Networking Field Day 9, known by the twitter hashtag #NFD9.
To those of you stumbling across this post and asking what I’m talking about, you can find the recordings of the live stream at http://techfieldday.com/event/nfd9/.
Also, I’ll be launching a new site that’s in a beta-phase right now, at datanetworkingtalk.com. DNT will become my forum for discussing data networking and industry news. Global Config will still be here though, but it will have a much more clear focus.
So, here’s my brief recap of what I saw this week.
SDN and SDN Apps
There are viable products around SDN that can be deployed in todays networks. It’s not so much about SDN though, it’s about the Apps that SDN enables. Brocade had a nice showing and Pluribus has some ideas as well.
We also visited two different SD-WAN companies that allow you to securely leverage Internet connections as well as private WAN connections to provide optimized connectivity between the branch and the data center (in a nutshell). Both companies took a bit of a different approach. I think this area will be popular in 2015 and so I’ll be discussing this in the weeks to come.
Network Management, Monitoring, and User Experience
Some interesting presentations revolved around the UX side of things for sure, and we saw companies talking about how to handle the monitoring of the network from the user perspective and we also saw a spunk competitive product that’s probably a lot less expensive.
A big part of this event is unfortunately not captured on video. The conversations between delegates are phenomenal. There’s a community here of like-minded people who love technology, have many many years of combined experience, and are willing to help one another beyond the scope of a Field Day. So many things were discussed that I wouldn’t even know where to begin, however it also has sparked quite a few ideas for upcoming posts.
Once again, this was another fantastic Field Day, thanks to the incredibly hard work of Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth. The event is also made possible by the presenting vendors and I want to extend a personal thank you to them for being engaging and offering technical details that weren’t overweighted with marketing material that would not be beneficial to us. Soon, yes very soon, I’ll have more information and opinions on the event and what was presented. Stay tuned.