For the second year in a row, NetApp has won a coveted AI Breakthrough award for the Best Machine Learning Platform with our partner Lenovo. The AI Breakthrough Awards program was founded to recognize artificial intelligence (AI)–related technology innovators, leaders, and visionaries from around the world.
All the award nominations for a range of AI and machine learning categories such as AI Platforms, Robotics, Virtual Bots, and Natural Language Processing were evaluated by an independent panel of experts in the AI industry. The winning products and companies were selected according to several considerations, including innovation, design, and user experience, as well as overall technological advancement for their respective categories. This year’s program attracted more than 2,000 nominations from many countries. There was no fee or sponsorship required to apply for the awards.
Mike McNamara is a senior product and solution marketing leader at NetApp with over 25 years of data management and cloud storage marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over ten years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, Dell EMC, and HPE. Mike was a key team leader driving the launch of a first-party cloud storage offering and the industry’s first cloud-connected AI/ML solution (NetApp), unified scale-out and hybrid cloud storage system and software (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system and software (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON).
In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent event speaker. Mike also published a book through FriesenPress titled "Scale-Out Storage - The Next Frontier in Enterprise Data Management" and was listed as a top 50 B2B product marketer to watch by Kapos.