Tag: NetApp

TECHunplugged Chicago was great, what’s up next?

Last week TECHunplugged Chicago registered another great success, and I’m very pleased about it. The sessions presented by influencers and vendors were amazingly good, and the open panels were extremely useful and interactive. Chicagoans loved it! But don’t trust my word, all the videos are online and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as we did! A special thanks goes to the vendors who helped us to make this event special for end users. Primary Data, Pure Storage and Veeam sponsored the event but it’s the value they brought with the quality of their speeches, always informative and...

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NetApp, You had my curiosity…

Two years ago I was very negative about NetApp. The company was perceived as a sort of dead man walking, stuck with this idea of ONTAP everywhere. End users and partners were bored (couldn’t blame them). All attempts made in the past to build a broader product line-up had failed or, at least, were not as successful as expected. But then something changed. From “ONTAP only” to “Data Fabric only” I have to say that the first time I heard about Data Fabric I was curious, although skeptical. The idea of building a data mobility layer which connected all...

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NetApp StorageGRID Webscale 10.3 and updated paper

NetApp has announced a new version of its object storage platform StorageGRID Webscale. This is not a point release as the name suggests… in fact, the number of new and improved functionalities is quite impressive and range from improved S3 support to a better UI and performance.   StorageGRID, part of an ecosystem We know that the NetApp Strategy has changed drastically in the last couple of years, moving from being ONTAP-only focused to what can be defined as a more mature approach, aiming to match customers’ needs with the most suitable products. And that’s not all, the most...

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Solidfire more cloud-enabling than storage vendor

Yesterday I was at the Solidfire Analyst day and this idea about the cloud-enabling vendor popped up just after a couple of hours of presentations and demos. The new licensing model, new features and also how the software works and is presented is unbusual, not only from traditional storage vendors, but also from many storage startups. From this point of view, also looking at the “good enough” AFF, the role of Solidfire in NetApp’s product family is even more defined and forward looking. The news You actually don’t need to get the news from me. My friend Chris Mellor...

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NetApp is deONTAPifying itself, and this is good!

Yesterday I had the chance to sit in the same room with Dave Hitz and Dave Wright, founders of NetApp and Solidfire respectively, among many other great folks from those two companies and I got the impression that I was finally talking to a totally different NetApp compared to just a year ago. I got the impression that I was finally talking to a totally different NetApp compared to just a year ago. I don’t know if this is only my personal perception or reality but I invite you to watch the SFD videos recorded during the session so...

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