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Exciting Announcements at HashiCorp’s Annual Conference

HashiCorp recently held their annual conference, HashiConf 2023, in San Francisco (and virtually) to unveil some exciting enhancements to their suite of multi-cloud infrastructure automation software. Key themes revolved around infrastructure and security with an emphasis on how to use the cloud operating model to achieve operational cloud maturity and improve the developer experience while enabling platform teams to put controls in place to manage risk and cost.


Here are some of the important enhancements to their products that we think will benefit Daymark customers (with links to additional information at the end of this blog):

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Wed, Nov 01, 2023

The Compelling Case for Pure FlashBlade//E

In March of 2023, Pure Storage announced an exciting addition to their product fleet with the FlashBlade//E, their newest all-flash unified file and object platform with revolutionary density and TCO.

FlashBlade Background and Evolution

For the uninitiated, Pure’s FlashBlade platform, first released in 2016, was built on a custom blade architecture to address file and object storage requirements of the most demanding modern applications and unstructured data workloads in the world. Things like AI and machine learning, log analytics, genomics and imaging, even extraordinarily fast restore and ransomware recovery for backup applications.

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Thu, Jun 01, 2023

The Big Scoops from Microsoft Ignite 2022

Microsoft’s Ignite Conference was back to a face-to-face event his year in Seattle, Washington. The Daymark Solutions team was there soaking up the latest Microsoft has to offer and absorbing what’s in the works for the year ahead. This year’s conference theme of “doing more with less” spoke to the immense value of Microsoft’s product portfolio. From Power Platform’s low-code/no-code improvements to a host of new solutions under the Microsoft Entra, Purview and Viva umbrellas, doing more with less is really about making our lives easier in the modern digital work era we live in while providing first-in-class technology and security. The following are some notable takeaways from this year’s Ignite.


Microsoft Intune Premium - Advanced Management Suite

  • What’s the Scoop?
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Tue, Nov 08, 2022

What’s Holding You Back from the Cloud?

What’s holding you back from the cloud? For many organizations it’s the need for a new set of operational knowledge for IT staff. Cloud solutions can alleviate many of the operational aspects of maintaining infrastructure, but can also bring many of the same traditional requirements for designing connectivity, data availability, performance, and security. This knowledge requirement is exacerbated in hybrid-cloud models where one set of operational tools is maintained on-premises, while another set is required in the cloud. For IT teams who are already stretched thin, these challenges can lead to stalled adoption, increased costs, and other difficulties.

4 Key Hybrid Cloud Operational Challenges

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Wed, Jun 29, 2022

Key Takeaways on Infinidat InfiniGuard

On February 9, 2020, Infinidat rolled out some major enhancements to its InfiniGuard enterprise data protection platform. The announcement themes revolved around enhanced data protection, faster recovery and overall cyber resilience.

Here are some key takeaways and features worth noting:

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Tue, Feb 15, 2022

Microsoft Ignite The Tour: Worth the Trip

Microsoft has a well-known yearly user conference in Orlando called Ignite. But did you know there is a smaller, free version of this conference? Microsoft Ignite The Tour is set to hit 30 cities around the world in 2020, including two U.S. cities: Washington DC, Feb 6-7th and Chicago, April 15-16th.

I had the benefit of attending the first 2020 event in Toronto earlier this month. In this blog, I’ll review the unique format of this event and share my personal highlights. Hopefully, I’m able to convince a few admins and business users to attend.


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Mon, Jan 13, 2020

VMworld 2019 Key Takeaways

As usual, VMworld was a whirlwind of announcements, presentations, demos, meetups and networking opportunities. It’s a week of non-stop activities and it’s hard (actually impossible) to soak up everything. But I did manage to glean quite a bit and wanted to share my thoughts on some of the highlights and key takeaways.

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Fri, Sep 20, 2019

2018 Run to Home Base – Another Home Run

Thanks to All on Team Daymark

For the 9th straight year, Daymark employees, their families and clients supported “Run to Home Base” an annual event committed to helping veterans suffering from mental trauma and brain injuries. It’s an inspiring event that Daymark employees are fully committed to. At this year’s event we were able to offer our clients the unique opportunity to join “Team Daymark” thanks to our partnership with Cisco.

This year, “Team Daymark” was 31members strong joining the more than 2,400 others who participated in this great cause on July 28th. With this year's fundraising of more than $25,000, “Team Daymark” has now raised more than $145,000 for Run to Home Base.

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Fri, Aug 03, 2018

Takeaways from Cisco Live!™ 2018

I recently returned from this year’s Cisco Live! in Orlando. It was a busy week jam packed with great speakers, engaging sessions, demos and product announcements. There was so much going on at any given moment it was hard to get to every session of interest. Now that I’m back I’ve had some time to digest all I learned and thought I would share my key product takeaways for network security.

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Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Thoughts from Veritas Vision 2017

Vision 2017, Veritas' annual global conference was recently held in Las Vegas, providing customers, partners and Veritas employees the opportunity to meet and discuss the upcoming year of new releases and capabilities from the Veritas product portfolio.

The focus was on Veritas' strategy to support emerging IT industry direction and requirements. The conference was heavily themed on discussions around cloud adoption and overall product enhancements.

Key takeaways from the general keynote sessions:

  • Veritas is not a one stop shop for backup anymore
  • 360 Data Management provides a single platform solution for all facets of IT in traditional, hybrid, and cloud data centers
  • Customers are leveraging multi-cloud data centers
  • Veritas is focused on rapid product expansion and accelerated support for multiple workloads

There were several major product announcements delivered at the keynote address. Here is a summary:

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Thu, Sep 28, 2017