What a year this has been! While I never thought I would say, “I’ll miss going to Vegas in July,” for a while there I did think I might miss all the fun and action of Microsoft Inspire and Ready**. But I can honestly say that the first-ever virtual Microsoft Inspire and Ready events are going to be amazing and I am excited that NetApp is participating in two of the largest online digital events in our industry. As top-tier sponsors for the first virtual Microsoft Inspire and Ready events, everyone at NetApp is very excited about all that’s in store for you.
If you haven’t registered for Microsoft Inspire yet, don’t wait a minute longer.
Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to make sure that these two digital experiences will set a new benchmark in virtual events, and NetApp is creating many opportunities for partners to learn more, win prizes, and discover new ways to partner in the coming year. When you join us at Inspire and Ready, you’ll discover that in only 12 months, Azure NetApp Files, our joint flagship product built with Microsoft, has become one of the fastest-growing Azure services ever. Together we are helping customers and partners transform their businesses by:
- Enabling easy migration of previously un-migratable workloads such as SAP, HPC, WVD, and Oracle
- Reducing cloud projects from weeks to mere days
- Surpassing on-premises performance (Yes, you read that right — your applications will perform faster in the cloud than on premises.)
- Saving entire cloud migration projects (That’s a direct customer quote — I did not make that up.)
That’s the power of Azure NetApp Files.
Top 10 Things You Can Do with NetApp at Microsoft Inspire and Ready
Here are just some of the things you don’t want to miss at Microsoft Inspire and Ready.
#1. Win prizes. While there are no physical booths this year, we will still be very much a part of this year’s Microsoft Inspire and Microsoft Ready. Visit our Inspire sponsor page and enter to win tickets to a private, VIP, invitation-only virtual concert with a very hush-hush Grammy Award-winning entertainer. There will be a select few concert ticket winners — be one of them!
#2. View our welcome video. We are delighted that our new President, César Cernuda, has recorded a welcome video for you. César just joined us after more than 20 years at Microsoft and has a passion for the Microsoft ecosystem of partners. I invite you to listen to his exciting vision about how we can do more together this year.
#3. Diversity and inclusion are top of mind. Join NetApp CEO George Kurian and AirGate CEO Nicole Mumford on a Diversity and Inclusion panel at Inspire moderated by Corinne Sharp as these two leaders share practical suggestions for creating a more diverse and inclusive organization.
#4. Can you say, “one of the fastest-growing Azure services ever?” Our flagship product, Azure NetApp Files, is built with Microsoft and has made un-migratable workloads a thing of the past. If you and your customers are interested in scenarios like SAP, WVD, HPC, and Oracle migration, you need to discover why our customers are saying we saved their cloud projects.
#5. It’s almost as good as being there. Jeff Whitaker, our Senior Cloud Manager, is usually at our booth, providing demos and answering an avalanche of questions about Azure NetApp Files. So, we’re delighted that he will be hosting a live Q&A session during Ready. If you have questions about how Azure NetApp Files works or what it can do for you and your customers, join Jeff at his Q&A and take a deep dive into the technology.
#6. NetApp Modern Workplace Foundation. We have more than Azure NetApp Files to help you deliver better cloud solutions for your customers. Drop by our Inspire sponsor page and pick up our Modern Workplace Foundation Infographic. It lists all the ways that NetApp solutions are helping partners build a more robust practice and win deals with NetApp solutions.
#7. Microsoft Ready. If you are attending Ready, sign up to become an Azure NetApp Files Insider and let us help you crush your ACR quota and hit your scorecard metrics. We can get you to the beach faster by helping you achieve your sales goals sooner. This is also your opportunity to enter to win tickets to the VIP invitation-only concert of the summer — so hush-hush I can’t tell you which Grammy Award-winning entertainer it will be yet. Win one of hundreds of Microsoft Store gift cards, too.
#8. Partnering opportunities. With Azure, NetApp technology is now available to every partner in the Microsoft ecosystem. We were delighted to partner with Applied Cloud Systems this year to rapidly help more than 40 institutions deploy virtually in only a few days. We were especially humbled when Microsoft recognized both of us as Partner of the Year Finalists. Attend the Community Response panel hosted at Inspire by Gavriella Schuster, Corporate VP, One Commercial Partner, and learn what we did together — but more importantly, discover how we might be able to partner with you.
#9. Customer stories. We are featuring several stories that showcase how NetApp is partnering with Microsoft and Microsoft partners to solve big business challenges for customers. Our solutions are being used by SIs and ISVs to differentiate and win more deals. Discover how we can help you, too.
#10. VIP Meetings. NetApp is known for our 1:1 VIP meetings. In fact, they book up so fast that we can never accommodate everyone who wants to meet to talk about how we can help you retire your quota or build a better cloud practice. This year we will be running our meeting program right through August — sign up to learn how you can benefit by partnering with NetApp.
Azure NetApp Files and NetApp’s Modern Workplace Foundation are an unbeatable combination, and you’ll find everything you need to know when you register for Microsoft Inspire and visit our sponsor page.
I can’t wait to “see” you there!
*Microsoft Inspire registration may be required to access our sponsor page.
Registration is free and can be accessed here.
**Microsoft Ready is a Microsoft-internal event, accessible only to Microsoft employees.