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NetApp and Microsoft in person at INSIGHT 2023

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Robert Cox
Robert Cox

The NetApp INSIGHT® conference in Las Vegas, October 23 through 25, is NetApp’s biggest show of the year. It attracts thousands of IT professionals who are looking for the latest insights and trends to support their digital transformation initiatives. Maybe I’m biased, but I believe that Microsoft’s partnership with NetApp is one of the biggest draws for attendees.


Last year at INSIGHT, we introduced Azure NetApp Files datastores support for Azure VMware Solution, the optimal way to scale your VMware environment in Azure. And it was a hit. The event last year was virtual, and our video demonstrations and online presentations were popular with customers and partners. They wanted to know how Azure NetApp Files could speed up VMware migration to Azure for any applications that rely on NFS and SMB file shares—even mission-critical applications!

Accelerate migrations to Azure

In the past 12 months, a lot has changed. Azure NetApp Files has added more Azure regions across the globe. We are seeing customers accelerate their cloud-first mandates by months (and in some cases, years) as they confidently move their file shares, SAP landscapes, VMware environments, high-performance computing, and other business-critical applications into Azure. Also, the introduction of the NetApp® BlueXP™ unified control plane has grabbed the attention of customers. BlueXP provides global, unified management of your entire data estate—services, resources, workloads, infrastructure, policies, protection, classification—on premises or in the cloud.

Meet the Azure experts

NetApp INSIGHT offers you the opportunity to connect with NetApp through Azure customer presentations; our sessions about Azure NetApp Files, BlueXP, and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP® software; and free certification attainment for Microsoft Azure. You can also book a VIP meeting for a 1:1 conversation with a subject-matter expert at INSIGHT to discover and to learn how to use NetApp’s portfolio of solutions for Azure.

Microsoft Azure playlist

If you’re looking to take your cloud journey to the next level and inspire your teams to innovate more and to take your digital platform further, these NetApp INSIGHT sessions are for you:

  • 1143-2—SAP on Azure: Properly size and optimize TCO with Azure NetApp Files
  • 1121-2—Driving product lifecycle management excellence with Azure NetApp Files
  • 1185-2—Realize enterprise scale with Azure NetApp Files for Azure VMware Solution
  • 1587-3—AI/ML with Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure NetApp Files deep dive
  • 1017-1—How to stop your cloud chaos with VMware and NetApp
  • 1125-1 - How Azure NetApp Files powers Oracle@Azure IaaS migration and modernization

You can also view the entire session catalog.

Free certifications

Level-up your skillset with NetApp experts. Every exam, certification preparation, and instructor-led course preview at INSIGHT 2023 is 100% free. Be sure to check out these free certifications as well:

  • NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Architect—Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  • NetApp Certified Cloud and Storage Services Engineer Professional—Cloud Volumes ONTAP, BlueXP, Azure NetApp Files
  • NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Administrator
  • NetApp Certified Hybrid Cloud Implementation Engineer

Register today

I’m excited about INSIGHT ’23, and I hope that you are too. Make sure to register to learn how NetApp, together with Microsoft, can help you reach your Azure cloud-first mandate faster and with greater confidence. And while we’re at it, let’s also have some fun together along the way.

Robert Cox

Robert is a senior product marketing manager with over 20 years of product marketing and product management experience. He is focused on NetApp’s Cloud Data Services, working to enable customers to deliver business outcomes for all IT workloads in cloud, multicloud, and hybrid cloud environments. Robert is an avid cyclist and loves to be outdoors.

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