While digital transformation has become a motherhood term in the tech industry, NetApp CEO George Kurian kicked off the opening keynote at NetApp Insight by saying NetApp is now emphasizing that successful digital transformation requires adherence to four core principles.
NetApp is touting the new Azure NetApp Files as a huge extension of their Microsoft relationship, which gives them a level of integration with their Azure cloud that Microsoft has not done before with anyone. Other announcements include the General Availability of NetApp Cloud Insights, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, and new ONTAP support for NetApp HCI.
Violin Systems, which is focused on the high end of the performance storage market, reaches down to acquire the SME-focused storage business of X-IO Storage. The long-term goal is to fully integrate both technologies to provide high-end systems with the price-performance advantages of the X-IO technology.
Commvault is making several extremely significant strategic partnership announcements at their GO event. The one with HPE extends an existing relationship, so in terms of new business, may not be as significant in terms of new revenues, but it is still important as clear statement of their go-to-market strategy.
Hitachi Content Platform, which is fundamental to Hitachi Vantara’s second step in their Stairway to Value by enriching data and providing compliance safeguards, gets some important integration upgrades, but the showier part of this announcement is around the sync variant, HCP Anywhere, which now has an Edge capability that broadens its use case into both IoT and larger ROBO environments.