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Five minutes with Michael DeLandre


We sat down with Michael DeLandre,Acting Vice President for NetApp Australia and New Zealand and Professional Services and Systems Engineering Director for NetApp Australia, to discuss the year that was, and his predictions for the IT storage market for 2013.

1. What trend was most widespread in 2012?

It has been said that Australia has lagged behind the rest of the world in the adoption of virtualization technology. However, in 2012 we witnessed the penny drop and saw significant increases in enthusiasm across the market invirtualizing business critical applications,combining them with a tailored storage solution on a virtualised platform.

2. What is your key prediction for the IT storage market in 2013?

The rise of Big Data has left an indelible impact on the storage market, and we are seeing user generated data growth increases at a rate of 50% year on year.

This yearBig Data will continue to be the key to deciphering customer behaviour. In order to drive smart business decisions, organisations will require storage solutions which deliver data availability and simplify management and optimise performance.

We will see cloud computing continue to grow in 2013, with organisations spending more on cloud, particularly in the SaaS area.

Organisations will increasingly take up ‘storage as a service’, enabling them to integrate data management with their cloud services. Therefore in 2013, we will see business efficiencies that have not been previously possible.

3. What is NetApp planning in 2013?

From a product position perspective in 2013, NetApp will continue to provide strong agile data infrastructures through the industry leading unified storage platform, clustered Data ONTAP.

With the introduction of data rich apps and the continuation of the BYOD trend in 2012, we saw an increase in the proliferation of data.

NetApp will continue to address this unpredictable data growth in 2013,helping organisations identify their business needs, and implement an agile data infrastructure, like clusteredData ONTAP, enablingbusiness toseamlessly scale their infrastructure and do more with less.

About Michael DeLandre
Acting Vice President for NetApp Australia and New Zealand.

Michael DeLandre is the acting Vice President for NetApp Australia and New Zealand, and theProfessional Services and Systems Engineering Director for NetApp Australia. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company’s Professional Services and Pre-Sales Engineering groups across Australia and New Zealand.

DeLandre manages NetApp’s major customer implementation projects and works closely with customers in an advisory role, offering strategic counsel to help them successfully implement the right technical solutions for their business. He is actively involved in the company’s pre-sales technical consulting business and the development of design and technical solutions.

DeLandre has more than 25 years experience in the IT industry, with extensive experience working with channel partners and major enterprise accounts.

Prior to joining NetApp, DeLandre was the Technical Services Manager for BMC Software. In this role he was responsible for technical pre-sales and professional services systems for the northern region. 
Prior to joining BMC Software, DeLandre spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems where he held the position of National Systems Engineering Manager. In this role he was responsible for overseeing the entire Systems Engineering team.

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