GestaltIT quiz: part 5/7 - Do the Drobo? Win an iPod Nano (among others). Last chance!

By Renegade on Tuesday 10 November 2009 10:25 - Comments are closed
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Ok, this is the last post when it comes to the prizes. Again, with the links in this post you will have a new chance to win (among others) an iPod Nano from the Gestalt Tech Field Day.

What do you do? The only thing you need to enter the contest, is to just fill out what you think is the best answer. There is no right or wrong, it's all just a matter of finding out if the people know about the company and perhaps even the product(s).

Today it's about the following three companies called Data Robotics, Nirvanix and Ocarina. You might be guessing what a Drobo is? Well, from the name of the company you can already deduce the name of a product. But if you want to know more, you might want to investigate a bit.

So, let us pick your brain for the last time a try to grab some of the stuff in this event! :)

Good luck to all you! :)

Oh, and just to clarify. From now on it's all about the event and what's going on there! Look forward to some (hopefully) interesting reads. If you want me to ask any questions relating to the products or suppliers, please send me an e-mail on raayman (at) gmail (dot) com or drop me or the other people attending a short note on twitter and we will see that your question gets the attention it deserves during the event.

GestaltIT quiz: part 3/7 - Symantec does storage? Win an iPod Nano (among others).

By Renegade on Friday 6 November 2009 09:25 - Comments (2)
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Since I'm just posting a repeat post for this quest I'll try to keep it short. Again, with the links in this post you will have a new chance to win one of the prizes from the Gestalt Tech Field Day, among them a new Ipod Nano with video.

What do you do? The only thing you need to enter the contest, is to just fill out what you think is the best answer. There is no right or wrong, it's all just a matter of finding out if the people know about the company and perhaps even the product(s).

Today it's about the following two companies called 3PAR and Symantec Storage. And as the title says, I'm sure a lot of you will be wondering that Symantec even does storage since most people tend to know them from other offerings.

So, let us pick your brain a little and join in and get some "schwag" to show off. :P

Good luck to all you! :)

GestaltIT quiz: part 1/7 - What the Xsigo? Win an iPod Nano (among others).

By Renegade on Wednesday 4 November 2009 19:56 - Comments (2)
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Ok, so here is the deal. If you read my last two blog posts you will know about GestaltIT by now, and the fact that I will be traveling to San Jose in California next week. Part of the fun is to interact with the people attending, but what do the people reading the blogs get from it (beside the posts and tweets? Well, you get a chance to win one of the prizes, among them a new Ipod Nano with video.

You don't have to participate each day in order to be eligible for one of the prizes, but participating over the course of these seven day won't hurt your chances of winning either. :P

So, what do you need to do? Search? Nope! How about google then? Well, you can, but you don't need to. The only thing you need to enter is to just fill out what you think is the best answer. There is no right or wrong, it's all just a matter of finding out if the people know about the company and perhaps even the product(s).

In this case the first company to kick off the event is called Xsigo. Peoplo who attended VMworld 2009 almost certainly encountered Xsigo’s products, whether they were aware of it or not.

So, what do you do to enter the event? Simple, just click here and fill out what you think applies.

Have fun, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! :)

[Update]
The second part of this daily contest is also online. In it you will find some questions about MDS Micro.

Prepare to zjoin ze gestalt...! Or GestaltIT tech field day preparation.

By Renegade on Tuesday 3 November 2009 16:14 - Comments (4)
Categories: General, Gestatl IT, Views: 7.146

As you may have read in my previous post I was asked to join the GestaltIT tech field days.

Some people commented on the win-win fact for both the person attending, and the company presenting. And yes, I agree with both. But a post made by Ocarina Networks on their blog gave me a different view on what would be my own benefits.

Basically they posted a challenge for the attendees, stating the following:
[q]In anticipation of this event, we’re challenging the attendees to bring us their toughest data set on a thumb drive. It can involve whatever files they want Ocarina to try to shrink–JPEGs, video, audio, PDFs, homeshares, email databases and so on. They will probably want to include several similar but not duplicate files, such as a series of PowerPoint files that contain some of the same slides but also different ones, or similar slides that have been edited.

On November 13 when the participants arrive, we’ll collect all the thumb drives. Then we’ll pick a few at random from a hat, and do a real time demonstration of the Ocarina ECOsystem compressing and deduping the files.[/url]

Now, as you might have guessed from the text in this quote, Ocarina Networks specializes in data deduplication. Basically they have a look at the data you want to store, find similar patterns and have them all point to one valid copy of the data. The process itself is a little more complex than that, but this short version should give you the gist of it.

Now, how did this change my mindset on what benefits these kind of challenges have to the attendees?

Simple. By challenging you, they are asking you to bring a tough dataset. They want to prove that this technology works, no matter how impossible the set of data may be when it comes to dedupe. And that's where the catch is.

Investigation!

Since most of the people attending like a good challenge (or so it would appear to me) and most of them are not the experts in dedupe, they need to investigate! Sure, bringing a thumb drive along with some data is no problem. But you probably want to make it challenging, so you need to investigate what kind of data gives dedupe solutions a hard time. You can look for reviews, blogs, tests and a lot more and you will find a lot of information on the various dedupe solution types (end-to-end, back-end, etc).

And that brings me to the point of this post. I want to give the guys from Ocarina a run for their money and I want to see what the product can do. So I searched for a dataset that is hard, and I created a fairly normal dataset. Both containing some structured and unstructured data and I am curious to see what the results will be. Independent from the results however I learned a lot about dedupe, not just from this vendor but in general, and that is to me one of the biggest personal benefits I can see when it comes to this event.

So let's see how this goes, and expect a longer post on dedupe after or during the GestaltIT tech field days! Only a little over a week left until we kick it in to a higher gear. :)

By the way, the first part of the title of this blog post was supposed to be slightly German sounding since "Gestalt" is an actual German word. Somehow I can't help but think of some sort of dodgy Monty Python sketch when talking about "the Gestalt". :+

"You are an industry thought leader." Ehm, did you pick the right guy?

By Renegade on Friday 23 October 2009 16:42 - Comments (5)
Categories: General, Gestatl IT, Views: 5.037

The title of this post was my first thought when I received the invitation to join the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day.

To start off from the beginning, I'm a regular reader over at Gestalt IT. "So what is Gestalt IT" you may wonder now. Well, on their website you will find the following:
We are collecting the best analysis and commentary from leaders in the fields of virtualization, networking, storage, and desktop engineering.

...

We work with independent experts, bloggers, and writers to generate content focused on IT infrastructure topics. Many of our articles and posts are syndicated from the blogs of their authors, meaning that they select their best and most relevant work and transmit it to us using an RSS feed, just like Google Reader and other feed readers use. Posts are then formatted and edited for publication here.
So, you could call it an agregate of posts that are collected and submitted by people who know their stuff in things IT.

So, I read that they were organizing something called a "Tech Field Day", which is basically an event where they invite bloggers from all over the place to come to San Francisco and see and test new products by various vendors. You can use the stuff they introduce, punch holes in their product and exchange ideas and opinions.

The big difference to a regular conference? It's not sponsored by a big company. The main point is not profit. The people there are free to say what they want and can write about the things that they find interesting.

So, after reading about it I asked the initiator of this Idea, Stephen Foskett, when we would be seeing something similar in Europe. Shorlty after I received a short tweet from him with the question if I would consider attending.

Now, having the quote from the field day website in mind, namely:
The following industry thought leaders have tentatively agreed to attend
I was pretty confident he just sent his tweet out to the wrong person. But actually he did mean to talk to me. Can you imagine that? 8)7

Anyway, after confirming that I would be more than happy to attend I am now on the list as it appears and will probably be in San Jose, CA on the 12th and 13th of November and you can expect some blog posts about what I will see there and if we have some WiFi going on you will also see some tweets.

We will be seeing products introduced by:And the event is sponsored by some other companies who won't be presenting but will for example help in hosting part of the event:I'm looking forward to it, because instead of spending some time with myself, I will actually be able to talk to some genuinely smart folks there and be able to exchange ideas and opinions.