This week marks the largest Tech Field Day event ever. Storage Field Day 8 will see 10 companies, from hot new companies like Cohesity and Infinidat to industry stalwarts like Nimble Storage and Intel, present to our panel of independent delegates. These writers and speakers were brought from around the world to learn, discuss, and share insight with our presenters. Like all Tech Field Day events, Storage Field Day 8 will be broadcast live on the Internet for all to see.
As implied by the name, this is the eighth Storage Field Day event produced by Foskett Services for Gestalt IT. With two focused events per year, this wraps our fourth year of Storage Field Day events and brings us close to the sixth year overall for Tech Field Day events.
In that time, Storage Field Day has seen the launch of exciting companies like Coho Data and Primary Data, who will both return for this event. We have also watched the development of Pure Storage, NexGen Storage, and Violin Memory, who have returned to the event frequently over the years.
Every Tech Field Day event features a delegate panel made up of of a dozen independent experts, and Storage Field Day 8 continues our tradition of mixing newcomers and familiar faces. Alex Galbraith and Josh De Jong are joining us for the first time, joining sophomore delegates Vipin V.K. and Jarett Kulm. This will be the third Tech Field Day event for Jon Klaus, Dan Frith, and Mark May. Rounding out the event are Field Day veterans, Ray Lucchesi, Enrico Signoretti, Scott D. Lowe, and Howard Marks.
Our delegates were selected by their peers through a process of nomination and voting. All were vetted on the basis of their technical expertise and storage focus and independent-mindedness. Becoming a Tech Field Day delegates is also a recognition for the contributions they have made to sharing their knowledge through social media and events. Most write popular blogs or contribute to industry publications, and many speak frequently at live or online events.
We invite the public to tune in for Storage Field Day 8 throughout the week. Live broadcasts will be hosted at the Tech Field Day web site and video will be shared on our YouTube channel. Those wishing to be part of the discussion can join in using the #SFD8 hashtag on Twitter.