Tech Field Day 14 Primer: NetApp

Matt Crape finishes off his preview posts for Tech Field Day this week with NetApp. He’s been impressed how the company has adapted, both with their successful integration of Solidfire, as well as their embrace of DevOps culture. The latter is especially important, as it’s enabled the companies offerings to be automated in code, gather than manually managed via a clunky GUI. Matt can’t wait to see what the company is working on next.


The Future of On-Prem in a Cloud World

Rich Stroffolino shared an interview from ZDNet, considering what the roll of the cloud would be in the data center. Rich found it part of an interesting trend in the enterprise, seeing cloud computing as less of a zero-sum game with on-prem, and more of a spectrum. In the interview, Michael Howard and Monty Widenius both actually predict a move back to on-prem infrastructure, as cost and performance are better presented vs the seeming ease of the cloud. It’s an interesting debate, we’ll see how the winds of change impact the role of the public cloud going forward.


Netapp – an #SFD12 Update

When a company with NetApp’s extensive history and portfolio presents at Storage Field Day, sometimes you don’t know what to expect. Matt Leib certainly found a lot to like from their presentation earlier this month. He got a glimpse into how the company is proceeding in light of the SolidFire acquisition, and remained impressed by their approach. The company has managed to integrate the company without quashing its consistent innovation, always a challenge for a large company like NetApp. Matt saw this innovative spirit actually flowing back into some of NetApp’s new and updated solutions.


Storage Field Day 12 – Day 2 Recap

Adam Bergh went to first first Storage Field Day this month. In this post, he gives some of his thoughts from day two of the event. He heard presentations from Nimble Storage, NetApp, and Datera.


NetApp’s Dave Hitz on the Cloud

Rich Stroffolino wrote up his thoughts on NetApp founder Dave Hitz’s talk about how the could has impacted enterprise IT in general, and how NetApp has responded. It was a fairly honest appraisal, with Dave admitting the company’s position two years ago was not completely competitive within their market. Overall, he found the cloud is not a zero-sum game, and that even on-prem solution could stand to a little “cloudification”.


Can NetApp do it a bit better?

At Storage Field Day earlier this month, the delegates saw a presentation at NetApp. Chin-Fah Heoh wrote up his thoughts. For him, the highlight was hearing from company founder Dave Hitz, who spoke both during the presentation, and at a follow up lunch. He also liked what he saw from CloudSync, which he thought provided an interesting service for going between on-premise and AWS cloud. Make sure to check out the entire piece for Chin-Fah’s complete thoughts on the presentation.


NetApp Aren’t Just a Pretty FAS

Aside from some prime seating for the presentation, Dan Frith really enjoyed what he saw from NetApp’s Storage Field Day presentation last week. He was particularly impressed by their Cloud Control for Office 365, which is targeted for people who’ve done a migration over to Microsoft’s SaaS platform, but haven’t done anything to protect or retain that info. He’s also looking forward to digging into their Data Fabric solution, which he got an overview of during the event.


2017 Predictions, Prospects, and Prognostications

One of the best part of the New Year is the spate of predictions. Taylor Riggan has his own set, and they forecast a really interesting 2017 for enterprise IT. Taylor has some thoughts on where OpenStack, Hybrid Cloud, and Object Storage usage. He provides some really in-depth thoughts, so make sure you check it out!


Post-Insight Wrap-up, Storage Security, and other thoughts!

Post-Insight Wrap-up, Storage Security, and other thoughts!


S3, to rule them all! (storage tiers, that is)

S3, to rule them all! (storage tiers, that is)


Geek Speak: Snapshots Aren’t Backups (But They Could Be A Big Part…)

Geek Speak: Snapshots Aren’t Backups (But They Could Be A Big Part…)


NetApp, You had my curiosity…

NetApp, You had my curiosity…


NetApp, Storage Class Memory and Hyperconvergence

NetApp, Storage Class Memory and Hyperconvergence


Not all “Inline” Dedupe is actually Inline – and it matters

Not all “Inline” Dedupe is actually Inline – and it matters


NetApp’s approach to Data as Fabric

NetApp’s approach to Data as Fabric


Moving Data Between Clouds w/AltaVault & OnCloud

Moving Data Between Clouds w/AltaVault & OnCloud


NetApp Finally Pivots

NetApp Finally Pivots


Hybrid Cloud and Data Mobility

Hybrid Cloud and Data Mobility


NetApp – Is This The Dawn Of A New Day?

NetApp – Is This The Dawn Of A New Day?


Build or Buy – A Tale of Two All-Flash Strategies

Build or Buy – A Tale of Two All-Flash Strategies