NetApp Cloud Volumes 101

Bhavin Shah takes a look at NetApp Cloud Volumes, after their recent announcement that it is now available on Google Cloud. Cloud Volumes provides cloud-native enterprise-class file services to users, all based around a familiar usage-billing model. He walks through how to get started using Cloud Volumes, and previews where NetApp is expanding it after watching their Cloud Field Day presentation.

Innovate or Die? Three Ways to Cloud Enablement

At Cloud Field Day last month, Ned Bellavance got to thinking about how companies approach cloud enablement. After seeing a variety of approaches, he highlights three ways for companies to succeed at this difficult task.

ThinkPiece: Cloud Field Day: Can an old dog, learn new tricks?

At Cloud Field Day Michelle Laverick saw some encouraging sign from established companies adapting to the reality of the cloud. NetApp, Oracle, and Veritas all showed that despite being incumbent companies, they have identified how to be competitive against newer cloud-focused startups. This often involved spinning up entirely new teams that can operate with agility. Not every company was convincing in their cloud play, but Michelle was definitely impressed to see older companies making moves to stay competitive with the cloud giants.

NetApp: Highly Performant Storage for Cloud Native Apps

Martez Reed takes a look at NetApp’s Cloud Volumes, which the company covered in their Cloud Field Day presentation last month. Based on their well known ONTAP portfolio, Cloud Volumes presents a fully managed CIFS/NFS storage solution from within the public cloud.

NetApp Finds Its Cloud Feet

After hearing from NetApp at Cloud Field Day, Justin Warren feels the company has turned a corner in their cloud messaging and story. The presentation was done by Eiki Hrafnsson, who was brought into the company as part of their Greenqloud acquisition. He showed how ONTAP in the cloud and Cloud volumes have the API support needed, and provide real benefits in the public cloud.

NetApp embraces cloud for future business growth

A few years ago it might have been surprising to see NetApp at an event like Cloud Field Day, but after seeing them at an event earlier this month, Chris Evans thinks its consistent with the companies recent embrace of the public cloud. Eiki Hrafnsson presented for two hours, focusing on what the Cloud Data Services business unit will be focusing on going forward. Chris thinks these moves could help fill the gap between the enterprise data center and the cloud.

NetApp’s & Next Generation Storage Technologies

In this piece, Chan Ekanayake takes a look at what he saw from NetApp at Storage Field Day back in March. He begins by reviewing the place of NVMe in the enterprise market, then expanding into how NetApp plans to incorporate NVMe and storage class memory into their storage offerings. This would provide an extremely fast and low latency storage environment perfect for demanding workloads like AI.

Cloud Field Day 3; Day 2 – That One Thing….

Day two of Cloud Field Day was the busiest of the event. Delegates were treated to see Droplet Computing come out of stealth, followed by presentations from Rubrik, Riverbed, and NetApp. In this post, Chris Porter runs down what he saw from each, and what stood out in each presentation.

Live blogging Cloud Field Day 3 at NetApp!

NetApp’s Justin Parisi was able to be at their Cloud Field Day presentation this week, and shared his live blog from the event. It’s a really interesting perspective on the presentation, which focused on NetApp’s Cloud story, including ONTAP Cloud and Cloud Volumes. Fire up the Cloud Field Day video, and scroll along with the blog to get the “real time” experience.

Own the Data Pipeline

In this post, Chin-Fah Heoh takes a look at NetApp’s Data Pipeline, which they outlined during their Storage Field Day presentation earlier this month. Chin-Fah puts the idea of a data pipeline into historical context, and looks at how NetApp is using it for AI workloads.

CFD3 Prep Post: NetApp

Justin Warren continues his preview of the presenters for Cloud Field Day happening next week. In this post he focuses on NetApp. This post focuses on a fiscal analysis of the current state of the company. After a rough fiscal 2016, and flat revenue in 2017, Justin thinks 2018 looks much better for revenue growth thanks to better cost management and increased sales. Justin is interested to hear more on how the company will deliver on its Data Fabric vision at Cloud Field Day.

Come And Splash Around In NetApp’s Data Lake

Dan Frith heard from NetApp at Storage Field Day earlier this month. While no stranger to the company, Dan got to hear something relatively new from the company. Senior Technical Director Santosh Rao overviewed some of the big data platform challenges that the company is looking to address. Overall Dan thinks NetApp has a lot of tools at their disposal and a comprehensive vision to address the data market, seeing the company in a “good place”.

NetApp Data Fabric Cloud Field Day 3 Preview

The CTO Advisor himself, Keith Townsend, will be heading out to Cloud Field Day next month. Presenting at the event will be NetApp. In this CTO Dose, Keith discusses what to expect from them at the event, focusing on the company’s proclaimed transition to a data company.

What’s really define an HCI solution?

At Tech Field Day last month, NetApp’s Adam Carter presented how the company conceptually approached the idea of Hyperconverged Instrastructure. Andrea Mauro wrote up his thoughts on the presentation. For him, its less important whether NetApp’s solution fits into the HCI buzzword, but rather what is the actual value of the solution.

Tech ONTAP Podcast: NetApp at Storage Field Day 15

On the most recent episode of NetApp’s Tech ONTAP Podcast, Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett and Storage Field Day delegate Glenn Dekhayser discuss what they saw from the company at their most recent Field Day presentation.

Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: NetApp

Chris Evans is hearing out to Silicon Valley next month to take part in Cloud Field Day. In this piece, he previews what to expect from NetApp. He’s looking forward to hearing more about the company’s transition from a storage company to data management. This is based around Data Fabric, which Chris calls “an under-told stor[y]”.

The True Meaning of HyperConverged

The definitions of words can sometimes be tricky in the enterprise. For Alastair Cooke, the problem comes when we force a term to conform to an arbitrary set of mechanical elements, rather than around business need. This was brought to mind during Tech Field Day, when NetApp presented about their philosophy behind HCI, which is far more about the simplicity of operating an environment designed purely to run VMs, than simply adding storage to a server box.

Tech Field Day 16: Comparing Three HCI Architectures

Troy Mangum at NetApp reviews the company’s HCI presentation from Tech Field Day last month. The presentation featured NetApp’s chief HCI architect Adam Carter comparing different HCI architecture models, but importantly noting that despite architectural difference, the goal of any of them is to deliver the same business outcomes. Adam reviews why NetApp made the choices it did with HCI. Overall the presentation generated fascinating discussion between the NetApp team and the delegates around the table.

NetApp and IBM gotta take risks

At Storage Field Day, Chin-Fah Heoh heard from two companies with a considerable legacy in IT: NetApp and IBM. The former presented on their Data Pipeline, ONTAP 9.3 updates, and ONTAP Select. IBM meanwhile highlighted their data protection offerings with SpectrumProtect Plus.

HCI/Not HCI – It doesn’t matter

For Keith Townsend, it doesn’t matter much if a solution is called HCI or CI. “At the end of the day, the label doesn’t matter. You can call a hotdog a sausage or a sandwich (Just as long as you don’t put ketchup on it).” In general, HCI’s promised simplifiation of IT operations works great for smaller teams, but breaks at scale. This becomes another management stack that adds to, not reduces, complexity. NetApp has an interesting approach by allowing IT to use existing SolidFire management tools on their HCI platform, thereby not introducing yet another management stack.