It’s been a week since I’d landed in San Jose and waited anxiously to meet the other delegates for Networking Field Day 7. The entire week was something like I’d never experienced and it definitely changed my perspective on not only the community, but my career as a whole. I can’t say this enough, but what Mr. Foskett has started and kept running for years now is something invaluable to the industry and I hope it keeps going to years to come.
When I’d landed in San Jose, I sent along a text to Stephen. He greeted me and promptly notified me that the other delegates had taken to a local bar inside of a bowling alley as the bar in the hotel hadn’t opened yet. I sat at the shuttle pickup for about 20 minutes waiting to be shuttled to the hotel, enjoying every minute of the 65 degrees and sun, and the fact that I’d just left 7 inches of another coating of snow at my house here in Connecticut. There is something inherently evil about the weather in Silicon Valley. I can see how it could become an addiction to live there. However, as the shuttle driver had pointed out to me, the hills are usually a lush green and with the current water shortage they were anything but that, more of an arid brown.
I’d finally arrived at the hotel and was promptly given the key to my room and I’d noticed the one and only Bob McCouch wasn’t far behind me, judging by his tweets. I send along a text and he was bout 10 minutes out. I hung my shirts and waited anxiously to see everyone. I’d meet a bunch from the previous Cisco Live but I hadn’t meet the other delegates whom I’ve now realized are a great set of people with whom I hope to keep a very active relationship with. Once I’d meet up with Bob and few other delegates we settled in and started talking tech right from the get go, while we waited for dinner. Awesome.
After our arrival dinner and some drinks we all settled in a bit early for the night to rest up for our first day of Networking Field Day!
The first day brought us three vendors exhibiting their wares :
The second day we was the first day which we were carted around the Valley to meet more vendors at their various facilities, I have to say this was my first trip to Silicon Valley and I was a bit in awe and caught myself, more than once, driving down the street and being amazed at seeing all of the big name companies with whom I’ve used their products.
The line up for the second day included :
After a very long day of presentations we were able to stop for some sushi for dinner where I introduced a good friend of mine Matt Oswalt to sake, both cold and warm. He didn’t seem to be thrilled at the flavor.
The third and last day of the event was a bit shorter than the others but we still have a great line up of vendors which included :
This post isn’t going to deep dive into any of the vendors or technologies, as it is more of a recap post than anything else and I’m still digesting the technologies and solutions and potential use cases for those technologies. But I wanted to give everyone a run down of the vendors I’ll be writing about over the coming weeks and let everyone know that there was one resounding message from this Networking Field Day and that was the networks and systems of today will definitely NOT be the networks and systems of tomorrow. The amount of open source involvement from the vendors and their commitment to the OpenDaylight Project has left quite the mark on me and where I see myself going within my career moving forward. And there will be PLENTY more of that coming down the pipe as I start to blaze my trail in that direction.
So, there you have it, the list of vendors who presented, the major overarching message that I’d received and what to expect from me in the coming weeks. Take the time to check out the links listed above for all of the Networking Field Day content and stay tuned for some of my posts regarding them!