In a spirit of fairness (and also because it is legally required), I am posting this Disclosure Statement. It is intended to alert readers to funding or gifts that might influence my writing. It will be updated as appropriate. It is intended to be incorporated by reference in future blogs.
The vendors for Network Field Day 5 (#NFD5) paid for my travel expenses and perhaps small items. The vendors in question are: Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Plexxi, Ruckus, and SolarWinds. I'd like to think that my blogs aren't influenced by that. Yes, the time spent in presentations and discussion gets me and the other attendees looking at and thinking about the various vendors' products, marketing spin, and their points of view. I intend to try to remain as objective as possible in my blogs. I'll concede that cool technology gets my attention!
Update 11/3/2013: Cisco/Insieme are (via Tech Field Day) paying for me to travel to NYC for the 11/6/13 Cisco ACI announcements and followup TFD round table discussion.
Update 11/15/2013: Invited to and joined Cisco Champion program. "I am a member of the Cisco Champions Program. Cisco Champions are passionate about Cisco and enjoy sharing our knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. I am not a representative of Cisco. My views as a Cisco Champion are my own." Cisco may well have provided considerations (access to experts, special webinars, T-shirt, etc.) and in fairness, you should know that in evaluating my independence. I am joining in the hope I can learn and pass along datacenter information that blog readers and others may find useful.
Update 5/12/2014: I did a small amount of paid NDA providing consulting about my opinions and tech input for CloudGenix, a startup now out of stealth mode. And Tech Field Day paid most of my expenses to go to ONUG NYC 5/4-6/2014, and they were paid for TFD video-recorded interviews which I participated in. The vendors interviewed: Glue Networks, HP Networking, and Nuage Networks.
Update 9/10/2014: Tech Field Day (and indirectly Cisco) paid my way to the Cisco UCS Launch in New York City on 9/4/2014. I enjoy occasionally visiting NYC. Free launches and lunches are fun. Tickets for the group to attend a Yankee game that evening were also provided. I enjoyed the game. I am neither a Yankees or Red Sox fan, nor a avid sports fan. And nobody bought my opinions.
Emphasize that last: my brain, mouth, writing, and opinions remain my own.