I’m excited.


Why? Because in just over a week, I’ll be attending my first event as a “SolidFire guy.”


I’ve been at NetApp for just over five years, and in that time, I’ve worked a lot of shows supporting E-Series, EF-Series, Flash, and FlexPod. This is my first show as part of the SolidFire team, and I’m excited to talk to you about how SolidFire is delivering deep integrations, scale-out agility, and guaranteed performance for Cisco Metapod OpenStack clouds and your VMware software-defined data center.


But this isn’t just about me. NetApp has a lot going on at Cisco Live 2016.


Cisco Live provides you with a great opportunity to connect with us through speaking sessions, demos, meetings with our executive leaders, and 1:1 conversations with subject matter experts.

Visit us in the World of Solutions: We’ll be in booth 2523 all week. Stop by, say hello, and:


• Learn about FlexPod, SolidFire, All Flash FAS, Hybrid Cloud, and more.
• Test your IT IQ in our IT trivia game. The more points you earn, the better your prize.
• Chat on camera and achieve internet fame with PopUpTechTalks.
• Check out the augmented reality FlexPod.
• Enter to win our daily raffle: a 3D printer.


Visit us in the Cisco Live Network Operations Center (NOC).

• NetApp is the exclusive storage provider for NOC. We’ll be in booth 111 talking storage, providing tours, and showing you all the performance statistics from the FlexPod that’s powering the NOC.


You’ll also find us onstage. A lot.


Industry Keynote: Digitization in a Cloud Native World

• On Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m., Val Bercovici, NetApp SolidFire CTO, will join Cisco VP Zorawar Biri Singh to discuss how NetApp and Cisco are evolving their strategy to help customers collectively succeed with their critical digitization initiatives.


NetApp Booth Mini Theater (Join us for one of these presentations and get a shirt!)

• Realize the full potential of the hybrid cloud with NetApp Data Fabric — this presentation runs throughout the day.
• Managing storage with VVols on SolidFire — this presentation will take place each day at 3:00 p.m.


Solutions Theater East (located in the World of Solutions)

• Monday, July 11 at 4:45 p.m. — FlexPod: Expect More from Reference Architectures
• Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m. — Delivering Cloud on Your Terms: Building a Service Provider Hosted Cloud, Powered by NetApp, Cisco, and Microsoft


Think Tank (located in The Hub)

• Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m. — Join us to hear how NetApp and Cisco delivered flawless network operations at Cisco Live EMEA in February 2016. Attend this session for a chance to win a Phantom 2 drone.


DC Education Zone

• Wednesday, July 13 at 2:40 p.m. — FlexPod: Expect More from Reference Architectures


If 1:1 time is your preference, our VIP Program gives you special access to an informal meeting with top NetApp executives and/or technical experts. Meetings are scheduled at your request, and the agenda is customized to your requirements. As a thank you for attending a VIP meeting, you will be invited to NetApp’s invitation-only reception on Monday at the Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay. To schedule a 1:1 VIP meeting, click here.


If you’re ready to talk converged infrastructure, hybrid clouds, and next generation storage, come see us and you’ll be saying #BringOnTheFuture.

Rip Wilson

Rip Wilson is a senior product marketing manager at NetApp with over 20 years of experience developing compelling messaging and content that communicates our unique business value. Rip holds a degree in business management from Georgia Tech. He is based in Colorado and enjoys golf, tennis and poker.

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