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Storage Field Day – 26th & 27th April 2012

The time has come around quickly and yet again I find myself attending another Tech Field Day.  However this will only be my third event; it’s also the very first Storage Field Day – an event dedicated to storage companies.  Over the course of the two days we will see a range of companies, some of whom have presented before and some of whom I’m less familiar with.  As usual there are eight presenting sponsors.

I’m looking forward to hearing more on Kaminaro, Nimbus Data and Tintri, all relative newcomers to the storage array market. Pure Storage also use SSD technology and have presented before.  Contrasting their SSD-based approaches will be Coraid and Drobo, coming from the other end of the market.

Dell have made so many recent acquisitions, I wonder what they will choose to present.  Perhaps they will announce their acquisition of our final presenter, Brocade…

Clear trends from the event will include:

  • SSD-based arrays and justifying their use in the data centre.
  • Storage for cloud; low cost alternatives to traditional storage.
Here’s a little briefing on each presenter.


Storage array vendor, mixing traditional disk and PCIe SSD storage from Fusion-IO.  I know little about this company but I’m looking forward to learning more about their specific unique selling points.
Another vendor selling solid stage storage arrays.  There are quite a few around these days, and each will need a pretty good selling story.
Originally called Data Robotics and a regular presenter at TFD events, Drobo have moved into the SMB market with their rack mounted devices.  I’m expecting to see some information on SSD support in their presentation.
Developer and only vendor of arrays using ATA over Ethernet (AoE) protocol.  An interesting company with what I think it is a good niche product.
The behemoth that is Dell.  Questions on my mind will be; who are they buying this week, but more seriously, how can they integrate all their recent acquisitions into a strategy rather than patchwork of products.
Brocade are the original fibre channel SAN company.  I feel they have slightly lost their way and become he company no-one wants to buy. It will be interesting to hear and see their thoughts.
Tiintri make storage for virtual environments.  I’ve had a brief overview of their product, but need to go deeper on this one.
Pure Storage have already presented at a number of previous events.  One of the growing range of SSD array vendors.  This is an opportunity to start doing vendor comparisons.


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