First Ever Executive Round Table Series Promotes Idea Exchange and Raises Awareness for Business Value of FlexPod Private Cloud

Recently NetApp, Microsoft and Cisco teamed up to tell the FlexPod private cloud story to Canadian business leaders in a series of executive round-table discussions held in major cities across Canada.


Beginning in late January 2014 and running through to spring, NetApp country manager Jeff Goldstein, Microsoft’s Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group Staci Trackey Meagher and Cisco’s Senior Vice President, Sales for Business Markets, Mike Ansley, are meeting with some of the largest public and private sector clients to share best practice and exchange ideas on the value converged infrastructure built on private cloud brings to business innovation.


Business leaders representing financial services, government, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, mining and resources attended. One of the surprises was that a large percentage of the audience had not heard of FlexPod or understood the value of private cloud. It was also the first time that many of the attendees learned that Cisco, Microsoft and NetApp were working together.


Led by media host Paolo del Nibletto of Computer Dealer News and featuring a keynote presentation by IDC analyst David Senf, the audience agreed that IT complexity is growing and causing a barrier for both IT and the business to innovate and transform go-to-market activities. In Vancouver, the attendees were also joined by Eric Mann, Senior Vice President, Americas Sales, NetApp who shared his perspective on the business value of the tight integration across the three organizations.


As the discussions progressed, key areas of focus were speed to market and ability to scale rapidly so that the enterprise could introduce new products and services quickly. Participants talked about the value of spinning up new environments in hours and minutes instead of days and weeks. With complexity dramatically reduced, IT could focus on enabling business growth and participating in business transformation. The idea of IT playing a more strategic role appealed to both line of business as well as technology leaders in attendance.


Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver dates have completed with Montreal set for later in the spring. For more information or to participate, contact