I’ve been to both U.S. and EMEA NetApp INSIGHT events for the past three years. With a baker’s dozen under the belt, I can say each year it doesn’t disappoint. NetApp INSIGHT, first and foremost, is a tech conference combined with a lot of fun. With a certain amount of foresight, this year promises to be just as informative and exciting as years past. If you only attend one event this conference season, make sure it’s NetApp INSIGHT.
This year, NetApp slimmed down on the number of sessions offered. In previous years they offered up to 340 individual sessions covering a huge breadth of topics. This year is a much more refined offering, with 250 sessions focusing on the major areas of cloud and AI/ML. The good news is that you are still likely to catch various members of the NetApp A-Team popping up at many sessions. We even have a few of our own, like 3009-2 Ask The A-Team – Building A Modern Data Platform. And when we’re not doing sessions, we’ll be hanging out at the Social Media Hub on the expo floor, next to the GMC Vandura from the A-Team TV show.
This year, something new called Mega Sessions are rolling out. These are designed to be more engaging and interactive than your standard breakout. If you only attend one, make sure it’s 7006-1 ALL ACCESS: Innovation Faceoff with Matt Watts and Greg Knieriemen. It’s going to be a very interesting way to learn where NetApp is headed in the next twelve months. Add it to your schedule before it fills up—I will see you there!
Other new breakouts include the “Jam Sessions”, (sadly, no Paul Weller) designed for attendees to interact and provide feedback on NetApp technologies. Then there are Data Fabric Experiences where you can hear from actual customers and talk to them about their data fabric. It’s a really good way to gain helpful knowledge to assist you on your digital transformation journey. There are also loads of other sessions featuring a wide variety of NetApp products and technical topics, including APIs, automation and Ansible, privacy, compliance, zero trust and RBAC, Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Cloud Volumes Service, SaaS backup, FAS, AFF, MAX Data, public/private/hybrid cloud, the list goes on and on.
NetApp INSIGHT provides attendees with the unique opportunity to talk directly to presenters and have real, honest conversations about technology and our industry. NetApp is interested in what you have to say about their products and solutions, especially if you’re a customer or partner. I always look forward to the announcements and keynotes then going back to the booths to get a deeper understanding of what’s new, or getting up close with the hardware—something you can only do if you are there in person, rather than watching the presentations several weeks later. One big change this year is that there is only one, one-hour keynote, so be sure to get there early and get a good seat—you won’t want to miss it!
NetApp INSIGHT is not just about the technical sessions. There’s lots of fun to be had, as well as important opportunities for you to network and advance your career.
The agenda and website are being updated constantly, so keep checking back to find out more about what’s happening this year at NetApp INSIGHT.
If you’re a European like me and attending the Las Vegas conference, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Looking to catch some of the NetApp INSIGHT 2019 action but can’t make it to Las Vegas? Good news: NetApp INSIGHT has gone global! You can attend any of the regional events in Tokyo, London, Paris, and Berlin in 2020, or the roadshow events in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, and Osaka.
Of course, I highly recommend you join us in Las Vegas, because after all, who doesn’t want to stay current with NetApp’s advancements whilst hanging out with the NetApp A-Team.
Ruairi is a Technical Account Manager and Team Leader for Arrow ECS based in the United Kingdom. His main focus is enterprise storage, particularly the NetApp portfolio. When he’s not sitting in front of a keyboard, Ruairi can be found cycling the roads of Hampshire near his home.