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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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As a leader in energy supply, logistics, and services in North America, Mansfield Oil delivers more than 3.5 billion gallons of petroleum products, ethanol, biodiesel, and diesel exhaust fluid to customers annually. That’s about one full tanker truckload each minute of every day, and it requires a rock-solid supply chain.

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As the cloud market continues to mature, we’re seeing some shifts in the ways that Service Providers (SPs) are trying to address hosted cloud offerings for your enterprise customers. Over the last several years, SPs have seen their margins continue to shrink as pricing pressures have bumped up against an ever increasing set of feature requirements demanded by tenants that are becoming smarter with their purchasing decisions in a cut-throat market.  Also, with the first generation of cloud offerings, many SPs ended up taking on all of the risk of making everything work.  And in some cases, the lack of tight integration between the various components of the cloud may have even led to system downtime damaging market reputation. This ended up costing significantly more than originally intended, and in many cases caused lengthy timelines for bringing services to market.

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This week NetApp finalized its acquisition of SolidFire, and we can’t wait to get started talking about it! To kick off our dive into SolidFire, we welcome longtime NetApp employee Andy Grimes, Principle Architect for Flash, who has been working closely with SolidFire since NetApp announced its intent to acquire the company. Andy brings his knowledge of SolidFire’s technology and business to the podcast to discuss how the two technologies differ, their similarities, and how the new acquisition fits within NetApp’s flash portfolio. Whether you’re a customer, partner, or NetApp employee, this episode of the podcast will give you an overview of the all the latest news and a preview of everything to come.

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Last year was the 30th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future, and many times throughout my IT career, I’ve felt a little bit like Marty McFly--stuck in the past while waiting for the future. That’s because back before distributed processing became all the rage (and the “cloud” was just something that got in the way of a sunny day), there was a “one-stop-shop” development platform that used a dumb terminal where you had little thought of the supporting infrastructure and other “middleware.” It was as close to a pure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as there was. Fast forward two decades. We now have cloud computing and converged systems and I’m still trying to find that perfect development platform that was as easy to use.

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