Making the move from BlackBerry/QNX was not an easy decision to make, so many great people and a ton of great work being done on the IoT products. However, NetApp’s appeal to me is their concept of the Data Fabric.
It dawned on me while while working on an IoT cloud that Enterprise customers will be accumulating massive new datasets that reside on premise behind the firewall, in the public cloud or private clouds. Giving customers the ability to easily manage their data across all three of these data locations is of high value, indeed it’s also high risk but high rewards if done well. Delivering on this customer scenario is absolutely what we’re working on here at NetApp.
Our first products for the cloud now reside in the Amazon AWS Marketplace, current customers will see product names that they know and use today. However, this is just the first step towards delivering on NetApp’s Data Fabric vision, and while our customers can now use the same OnCommand data management tools to now manage their Data Fabric across all three data locations there’s much more to come.
I’ll be writing more about what we’re up to here, as well as what I see from my new seat out in the Ecosystem.