I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been selected as a Tech Field Day delegate once again, this time for the first Storage Field Day, the first storage-focused Tech Field Day event that will take place in the surroundings of San Jose, CA on April 26/27th.

We will meet eight very interesting companies: Kaminario (@Kaminario), Nimbus Data (@NimbusData), Drobo (@Drobo), Coraid (@Coraid), Dell (@Dell_Storage), Brocade (@BRCDcomm), Tintri (@TintriInc), PureStorage (@PureStorage) while Quest Software (@Quest) will sponsor the party on Thursday night. Many of them have interesting cutting-edge products based on SSD technology, that has been the talk of the town lately.

I would like to thank both Stephen Foskett and Matt Simmons for letting me be part of this.

But what is Tech Field Day anyway? read it in their own words:

Our Field Day events bring together innovative IT product vendors and independent thought leaders to share information and opinions in a presentation and discussion format. Independent bloggers, freelance writers, and podcasters have a public presence that has immense influence on the ways that products and companies are perceived and by the general public.

As you can see it sounds like fun! 🙂

It will be a pleasure to share the same space with such a wonderful bunch of gifted technical folks and industry pundits, here’s the delegates list, I’m sure you will recognize most of the names:

Robin Harris StorageMojo
ZDNet
@StorageMojo
Hans De Leenheer HansDeLeenheer @HansDeLeenheer
Chris M Evans The Storage Architect @ChrisMEvans
Dwayne Lessner IT Blood Pressure @dlink7
Scott D. Lowe TechRepublic
Virtualization Admin
@OtherScottLowe
Ray Lucchesi Ray on Storage
Silverton Consulting
@RayLucchesi
Howard Marks DeepStorage
Network Computing
@DeepStorageNet
Robert Novak rsts11
Google+
@gallifreyan
Nigel Poulton InfoSmack Podcast
NigelPoulton.com
@NigelPoulton
Fabio Rapposelli Juku
P2V IT
@FabioRapposelli
Derek Schauland Technically Speaking
TechRepublic
@WebJunkie
Arjan Timmerman VDICLOUD
ITQ
@Arjantim

Make sure to follow the event on Twitter using the #TechFieldDay or #SFD1 hashtag, the @TechFieldDay account and the official delegate Twitter list; there will also be a live video stream of the event at the Tech Field Day website.

The day before Storage Field Day begins (April 25th) there is going to be an interesting SSD-themed Symposium taking place at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose (where the Tech Field Day crew is staying), attendance is free but you need to RSVP here, the Symposium will feature a keynote by Mr. StorageMojo: Robin Harris as well as a panel with notorious storage folks Chris Evans, Nigel Poulton and Howard Marks, the event will be sponsored by SolidFire, Nimble Storage, Nimbus Data, Violin Memory, Virident and Velobit. I’ll hang around the event so if you’re near San Jose and want to meet up just RSVP and show up!.