I recently had the opportunity to attend Insight, NetApp’s yearly technical conference. This event is open to NetApp employees, partners and customers and provides a great opportunity to interact with both NetApp experts and end users.
In addition to keynote speaker, NetApp CEO George Kurian and a variety of NetApp partners, we were provided the opportunity to hear from Gerd Leonhard. Gerd is considered “one of the leading media futurists in the world” and one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe. His discussion regarding advances in computer technology led him to propose the question, “What will humans do, in the future and what will be done by technology?” It was both interesting and a bit unnerving to think about how day-to-day life for humans might change as computers become more intelligent.
The primary focus of the conference this year was around Data Fabric, NetApp’s vision for the future of data management. This technology will provide users the ability to manage their data seamlessly as it moves from on premises to a co-located facility to the cloud, all transparently to the end user. The intelligence behind this technology will come not from the end user but will be the result of data analysis by the machine itself. Data will be accessible to users without concern as to where it actually resides.
All in all, it was a great conference. It was a good mix of how to gain the most from existing technologies with a look to the future and how new technologies would simplify data management. Las Vegas was warm and crowded, as usual. I had the opportunity to share a Wahlburger with friends and Fremont Street was as interesting as ever. If you ever have the opportunity to attend Insight, I’d certainly recommend it.