Tech Field Day 11 – the presenters part 2 #TFD11

Next week (June 22-24) Tech Field Day 11 will take place in Boston and I am excited to be invited as a delegate. As I am not familiar with the products of every single presenting company, I took a closer look at them in the last days as preparation.

Here you can find a short summary about every presenting company and the date/time when you can watch the presentation live. I also added some links to online resources. There you can find deeper information as my summary is written really general.

This is part 2 of my blog post about the presenters of #TFD11 – read about the other presenters here:
Tech Field Day 11 – the presenters part 1:  Zerto, Comtrade and Cloudphysics








   streamed live: Wednesday, June 22 – 16:00 – 18:00




Actifio’s solution is all about data management. They have the vision of “Data Virtualization” and compare it with the advantages of the positive effects we all know from good old “Server virtualization”. With server virtualization it was possible to eliminate multiple, underutilized, redundant machines. “Data Virtualization” should eliminate multiple duplicate data sets.

To reach this goal, the software non-disruptively captures data at the block level from production applications like Oracle DBs and apps, Microsoft SQL, Exchange, SAP and much more. In a next step, a “Golden Master Copy” is created, which is then updated on an incremental forever basis from source production applications.

This Master Copy can be used to clone, live clone, mount, and restore data. It also allows you to test and prove disaster recovery plans as often as needed without disrupting production systems.

With the product “Actifio One“, the company also offers a cloud-based application resiliency service to protect and recover physical and virtual machines and act as an application data vault in the cloud.

A key feature of Actifio One are predefined recovery plans, that allow the customer to execute recoveries of specified servers in the cloud on a self-service basis on-demand.

Actifio Link-o-Rama:

Actifio Partners With Amazon & Google To Offer New Cloud Services
PCMag – Actifio Review
Actifio – how it works (pdf)
Tech Field Day 11 Preview: Actifio


plexxi_stickynotePlexxi logo




streamed live: Friday, June 24 – 10:30 – 12:30




To fulfill the expectations based on their motto “Building a simply better network for cloud builders”, Plexxi offers three products:

  • Plexxi Switch
  • Plexxi Control
  • Plexxi Connect

With these solutions, Plexxi enables customers to build an application defined network that can handle the explosive growth of traffic in private and public clouds.

Plexxi Control and Plexxi Connect are software-defined networking solutions, so let’s take a look at Plexxi Switch first.

The new Plexxi Switch 3 is a powerful physical switch developed by Plexxi, that is capable of delivering up to 100 GbE connectivity.

What makes this device special is that it is using high-speed fiber optic interconnections to communicate DIRECTLY with other Plexxi switches.

This means that optical signals are not “switched” from switch to switch as in a traditional architecture in order to connect two devices. In this solution the devices communicate directly with each other because the switches in between are able to passively pass the signal through if it is not intended for itself.

With Plexxi Control, the company delivers a product for automation, orchestration, control and visualization. The physical switches appear as a pool of resources and Plexxi Control provides a single point to monitor, manage and optimize the network. As it is resource and application aware it can optimize/tune network traffic based on the application.

The third product is the Plexxi Connect Open Integration Platform. This year in March, Plexxi announced a suite of new product capabilities for this platform, delivering a workload-responsive and programmable network fabric for converged infrastructure and storage environments.

As far as I know Plexxi will present and demo about Plexxi Control 2.2 at #TFD11 – so I am looking forward learning more about it in Boston.

I am also looking forward hearing some customer success stories based on the products of Plexxi, maybe in combination with the co-existence of existing networking equipment. I do not come from the networker side, but I know that it is very often not desired by the network teams and a long way, to change a switch vendor.

Plexxi Link-o-Rama:
Demitasse – TFD11 Introduction Plexxi
WoodITWork – Tech Field Day 11 Preview: Plexxi
Plexxi Introduces Cloud Builder 2.2 Software Suite & New Switch 3 100 GbE Hardware Platform
The pioneer in converged network infrastructure for public and private cloud deployments: Plexxi
Plexxi Reinvents Data Center Networking



I attended #TFD11 as an independent blogger. I received no compensation for attending the event, but Tech Field Day (GestaltIT) was so kind to pay for airfare, transportation, meals and leisure program.  There was no requirement  to write positively about any of the vendors (or write about them at all) – so all you read about the event on my site is my personal opinion.

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