Cloud Challenges, Disruptive Change, and Data Protection: Information from the Tenth NetApp University Day
About 80 people attended the tenth NetApp University Day on February 27, the day before USENIX FAST. Participants included more than 20 faculty members and postdoc researchers from 18 different universities, 14 graduate students, 12 ATG engineers, and 19 technical and product leaders from various groups. We also invited five distinguished speakers and hosted a successful poster session at the end of the event. Everyone enjoyed the lively discussions between academic faculty, students, researchers, engineers, and industry leaders.
Mark Bregman, NetApp SVP and CTO, gave a “top of mind” keynote speech. Mark shared his thoughts on data management challenges in hybrid cloud environments and the need for a unified data fabric to manage data across heterogeneous clouds. EVP Dave Hitz, a NetApp cofounder, shared lessons he has learned in moving forward with NetApp’s hybrid cloud vision. Cloud is a disrupting change that is changing the way software is delivered and consumed. It’s not enough to simply port traditional enterprise systems so that they can be run in the cloud. We should offer the system’s capabilities as services for applications within the cloud. Software delivery needs to expand beyond traditional delivery. It should be available in app-store-like packaging and use a pay-as-you-go charge model.