Storage Field Day 18 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 18.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

Here are my notes on gifts, etc, that I received as a delegate at Storage Field Day 18. I’d like to point out that I’m not trying to play companies off against each other. I don’t have feelings one way or another about receiving gifts at these events (although I generally prefer small things I can fit in my suitcase). Rather, I’m just trying to make it clear what I received during this event to ensure that we’re all on the same page as far as what I’m being influenced by. Some presenters didn’t provide any gifts as part of their session – which is totally fine. I’m going to do this in chronological order, as that was the easiest way for me to take notes during the week. Whilst every delegate’s situation is different, my employer paid for 4 days and I took 1 day of unpaid leave to be at this event.

 

Friday

My wife kindly drove me to the domestic airport. I have some status with Qantas so I get a little bit of special treatment and lounge access. In Sydney I had some cheese, sausage and crackers and a Coopers Original Pale Ale in the lounge. I flew BNE – SYD – SFO in economy class, and this was covered by Gestalt IT.

 

Saturday

Pavilion Data were kind enough to host me at the Warriors – Rockets game. We started at the Westin SFO with a few Lagunitas Pils beers before the game. We then caught a ride sharing service to Oakland Arena for the game. At the game we had a few Firestone 805 beers. After the game we took a car back to the Westin for a few more beers. I also had a Kobe beef burger (with American Kobe burger, caramelized onion, mushroom, cheese, and ginger gastrique sauce) at the hotel bar. I then shared a car back to my accommodation in Menlo Park. This was all covered by Pavilion Data. It was a great night, notwithstanding the Warriors losing the game.

 

Monday

On Monday morning I met with Pavilion Data at their offices. They kindly fed me some lunch from Chipotle. I had a taco and some rice and beans. I also had a chocolate croissant and a cup of Keurig pod coffee.

 

Tuesday

I had lunch with Georgiana Comsa of Silicon Valley PR and two of my friends at Refuge in Menlo Park. I had the Western Cheesesteak sandwich (with bacon, fried onions, provolone cheese, BBQ sauce, cilantro, and ranch dressing), and a litre of Radeberger Pils. I paid for Georgiana’s and my meals, and my friends paid for theirs. Georgiana covered the tip.

The Field Day delegates all met at our hotel on Tuesday afternoon. I had one Sam Adams Lager at the bar before dinner. I had two more Sam Adams at dinner, as well as a variety of dishes served “family style”, including:

  • Brussels with shaved brussel sprouts, pecorino, lemon, almonds, and cracked pepper;
  • Agnolotti with english peas, heirloom fingerlings, and fennel sofrito;
  • Bavette with 100% grassfed beef from marin sun farms, unfiltered olive oil, and fleur de sel;
  • Chicken with pasture raised marin sun farms chicken, green garlic, kamut, pickled mushrooms; and
  • Gelato – asian pear sorbet, parsnip gelato.

The food was great, and the parsnip gelato tasted surprisingly good. I received a lovely Kuala Lumpur panoramic photo book as part of the Yankee Gift Swap from Chin-Fah Heoh. Stephen also gave us a 3D-printed SFD18 souvenir.

I then had two Sam Adams beers at the bar after dinner.

 

Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel was scrambled eggs, super crispy bacon, potato, and coffee. I picked up a ExploreVM sticker, a (now collectible) Greybeards On Storage sticker, and some TechUnplugged Podcast stickers at our pre-event meeting. We were all given a Gestalt IT clear bag with a few bits and pieces in it.

WekaIO gave each delegate a WekaIO-branded Qi charger, WekaIO-branded notepad with built-in 4GB USB drive, and a WekaIO sticker.

For lunch we ate at the hotel. I had a burger with beef, tomato, lettuce, cheese, mayo, pickles, sesame seed bun, and some coffee-flavoured mousse for dessert.

VAST Data gave me a sticker and t-shirt. StorPool gave me a t-shirt, sticker, notebook, screwdriver multi-tool, and carry bag. After the day’s sessions ended, we had a mixer (including dinner) at Olla Cocina in San Jose. I had a Carne Asada slider, some chips and guacamole, empanadas, and prawn skewers. I also had a few tacos (al pastor, carne asada, and chicken) as well as a few Modelo Especial beers. Back at the hotel I had a few more Sam Adams beers.

 

Thursday

We had breakfast at Western Digital. I had sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, juice, and coffee. WD also kindly provided each delegate with a 1TB WD Black drive SN750. We had lunch at NetApp with Dave Hitz. I had a San Pellegrino sparkling water, herb baked salmon, braised beef short rib stew, creamy mashed potatoes, and salad (Lolla Rossa lettuce & cucumber, balsamic vinaigrette). It was delicious.

We went to dinner at Faultline Brewing. I had a few Kolsch beers, along with:

  • Chips ‘N’ Onion Dip – House made kettle chips caramelized onion-stout dip;
  • Crispy Calamari – Fried green beans / fried onion strings / chipotle aioli; and
  • Smoked Sausage Sandwich – Pale ale beer brat / Swiss cheese / sauerkraut / beer mustard / pretzel-hoagie roll / kettle chips.

Faultline never disappoints. I had a Sam Adams at the hotel bar afterwards and retired early to try and get some decent sleep.

 

Friday

We had breakfast at the hotel. This was scrambled eggs, super crispy bacon, potato, and coffee. I should have had the fruit, but there you go. Cohesity gave us a nice warm jacket with custom embroidery, and some chocolate.

I had a few coffees during the Cohesity session. We also had lunch at Cohesity. This was a variety of Mediterranean food from Dish and Dash.

After the last session ended on Friday, we all went to Georgiana Comsa’s house for a garden party. I had a few Firestone 805 beers and gotten beaten at H-O-R-S-E. I then took a car to SFO (paid for by Gestalt IT) and flew back to BNE. It was a great week. Thanks again to Tech Field Day for having me, thanks to the other delegates for being super nice and smart, and thanks to the presenters for some really educational and engaging sessions.

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