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Come Meet the vSamurai at VMworld


If you’ve been following me via this blog or elsewhere on this series of tubes, you may know that I have taken on more of a customer and partner facing role in the past couple of months. This has given me the opportunity to do more of what I love, which is getting people excited as well as evangelizing what Coho Data is all about. The storage marketplace today is very crowded, with more and more start-ups on the scene on what seems like a daily basis. It’s hard for me to catch up with all that’s going on, let alone the buyers of the technology themselves. It’s not going to get any easier, until some major/sudden consolidation happens, but that’s mere speculation…

I’m looking forward to talking with members of the VMware and virtualization community, customers, partners, and anyone else that finds their way to VMworld this year. Recalling back to about a year-and-a-half ago, when I was making the decision to leave NetApp to join a company that is truly innovating in the storage market, I saw the potential that Coho has to offer. Now, I feel that a lot of the promise is being realized. This will be our 2nd VMworld and we’ll be upgrading from Silver sponsor last year to Platinum sponsor this year! We’re doubling-down on VMware and I am truly excited about what we’ll be showing and talking about this year. I’m privileged to share the details with you as we get closer to the show…

Until then, if you’d like to set-up a meeting to talk with me or another one of our other experts, head on over here.

Or if you’d just like to sign-up for a chance to win a free pass to attend the show, click below:


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Storage Field Day 6: Videos

I really enjoyed the Storage Field Day 6 crew taking the time to drop by Coho‘s office last week. It’s always a pleasure to see Stephen, Tom, and the delegates geek out about storage. I also got to hang with my fellow vExpert, Forbes Guthrie. I always enjoy the chance to see Andy Warfield, our founder and CTO, present. It’s a great opportunity for me (and the audience) to be educated on modern trends in storage and networking.

Without further ado, here are the embeds of the videos from last week:

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Coho Data at Storage Field Day 6!


I am pleased to announce that Coho Data is participating in Storage Field Day 6 this Thursday morning 11/6 (from 8-10AM PST). Tech Field Day has special meaning for me, as it harkens back to the beginnings of my involvement in the greater technical influencer community. Leading up to my attendance at my first VMworld (2010), where I first met Stephen, and John Troyer, I started blogging and helped jump start what has become the Tokyo VMware User Group. Shortly following that, in early 2011 I got invited to attend Tech Field Day 5 in Silicon Valley as a delegate. I also attended Tech Field Day 6 in Boston. That was the 1st unofficial “virtualization” focused event which was a lot of fun. I have met many people and made good friends with several individuals from the Tech Field Day community, among others. That experience also helped open up the opportunity to present at VMworld regarding my experience during the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and my 1st technical marketing job at NetApp (and my current position, for that matter).

I owe a lot to Stephen for the opportunity and am very much looking forward to helping Coho to host the delegates for the event later this week. I learned much of what I knew (at the time; before I joined the company) about Coho from the various events that they have done in the past, and I look forward to helping educate more and more influencers on what Coho has to offer with our market-differentiating, high- performance, web-scale storage solutions. I look forward to seeing you there as well!

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vExpert Webinar

It was great presenting last week’s vExpert Webinar along with my colleague Forbes Guthrie.

We did an overview of our scale-out technology, a deep dive on our integration with SDN and then spoke about the innovations we revealed at VMworld a couple months back.

For those of you who were not able to attend the webinar, you can watch it here. Enjoy!

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Coho’s Andy Warfield on TWiT!


Andy Warfield, Coho Data‘s illustrious CTO and Co-Founder, will be appearing on the TWiT network’s This Week in Enterprise Tech (TWiET) podcast (episode #100… wow!) this coming Monday, July 21st at 2:30PM PST.

I have been an avid listener of TWiT since the very beginning so this is an especially big deal for not only me, but allows us to speak to a unique audience about how we’re defining the world of SDS and SDN.

Catch the live stream here on Mon or, you can find the playback here (once posted).


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