Insight Las Vegas 2015 – The Mojo is Back!

Insight Las Vegas 2015 – The Mojo is Back!
By Matt Hurford, Director of Systems Engineering, NetApp ANZ

Almost 6,000 people attended NetApp Insight, our technical conference that was held in Las Vegas last week. I have to say that I thought the energy at the event was the best it has ever been – NetApp’s mojo is better than ever!

We had almost 100 people attend from Australia and New Zealand, who consisted of a pretty even mix of internal, partner and customer folks. The exciting news was that as usual we punched well above our weight – at every turn was a sign showing our Customer Innovation Award winners for 2015 and three out of the seven winners were from A/NZ! Huge congratulations to everyone involved with ING Direct, RP Data and Nexon.

The praise didn’t end there, with CISCO SVP Nick Earle declaring in his keynote that the Australian FlexPod business was the fastest growing in the world, and Dave Hitz talking about how A/NZ customers were embracing the challenges of hybrid cloud.

Our customers that attended all commented on the energy and passion at the event; they felt part of the NetApp team and they came away knowing we had a solid strategy to deliver on our promise of a NetApp Data Fabric. We’ve never had a better portfolio and the break-out sessions provided a huge choice of sessions to discover everything from how our technologies work to learning about how companies have gone about using our solutions to transform their businesses. I loved the focus on management and control aspects of the Data Fabric – WFA and OCI are maturing very nicely.

For the first time we ran some demonstrations on the main stage – we showed the world how we can manage hybrid clouds built on NetApp from a single pane of glass and Neto from Brazil showed how we could seamlessly scale an All Flash FAS (AFF) solution running an Oracle workload from 45,000 IOPS to over 1.2M IOPS at less than 1ms of latency (that’s with over 5000 SnapShots and over 2000 clones).

We finished with Dave Hitz, our founder demonstrating some future functionality – showing how we will be able to drag & drop a backup in AWS and restore this to a SQL workload running in Azure. Cool technology that provides the meat on the Data Fabric bone.

The Kool-Aid has been drunk, the A/NZ technical team and our partners are now committed to energising our local business – we need to get out there and tell as many people as possible just how good our solutions are.

If you missed Insight this year head over to our Insight Webpage where you can watch the general sessions from each day.