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OpenStack Summit is just over two months away, and NetApp is preparing for its most significant presence yet at the event. This year, we will be focusing on what NetApp has to offer for improving the DevOps application lifecycle, and will cover a variety of topics including:

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Last week, we covered the SolidFire acquisition with NetApp’s Andy Grimes. This week, we are joined by SolidFire employees, Aaron Delp and Amy Lewis, to get their take on the acquisition, as well as Jeremiah Dooley and Andy Banta for a technical deep dive into everything SolidFire. This episode goes into overtime, but is certainly worth the extended listen.

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The cloud is almost an inevitable destination for the enterprise in some way, shape, or form.   A recent 2015 IDC Storage Services survey showed that 55.1% of U.S. enterprises plan to engage in a "datacenter to cloud transformation" project with a storage vendor within the next 12 months, highlighting that the shift towards the cloud continues with reasonable fervor.  In a business shift, enterprise IT has also moved from cost-driven decision making to making more strategic and performance oriented decisions.  A recent European IDC Storage Manager survey highlighted that only 26 percent of respondents cited reducing capex as a top driver for investing in public cloud-based storage services.  Clearly, the desire to embrace new service opportunities from the cloud is the new reality.

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In last week’s blog, I talked about how I feel like Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future. With recent trends within IT, we are returning to where we have already been—a “one stop” compute environment reminiscent of one that existed 30 years ago. We are evolving to an environment that combines hardware and software into one package but with new technologies. This time, however, I think it’s here to stay and will have a significant impact on Business Apps. 

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According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, “Every business will become a software business, build applications, use advanced analytics and provide SaaS services.” Made at Microsoft’s 2015 Convergence conference, Nadella’s prediction hardly seems far-fetched considering that a modern high-end car features more than 100 million lines of code.

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