Las Vegas, the mecca of fun. A place where the roads are eight lanes wide and the hotels so high, you have to crook your neck back to see the top of them. Las Vegas is the epitome of BIG, so what better location for Insight, NetApp’s annual technical conference for storage and data management professionals? NetApp Insight gives customers, engineers, consultants, and partners a forum for learning from industry experts and each other.


Coming up on my third year at NetApp Insight Las Vegas, I can say this event is a must-attend for all storage professionals. Attracting more than 5,000 attendees, NetApp Insight offers a large selection of technical sessions, Hands-On Labs, NetApp certification opportunities, and venues to learn about the value of the Data Fabric.


But it’s not all about the tech. NetApp Insight is also a very social event, with various partner and sponsor events, the excellent end-of-conference party at the Mandalay Beach, and many more chances to network with your peers.


And, of course, this is Las Vegas! There are plenty of fun offerings to complement the convention. So while you’re in town for a few days, why not step outside the hotel and check out a few of these suggested hot spots.

The Strip

The strip runs through the heart of Las Vegas, and is lined with huge hotels, casinos, and shops. Each hotel has its own unique charm and experience, and if you have the time, it’s worth taking a walk down to explore some of them. My highlights include the Venetian hotel, where you can take a ride along the aquamarine canals that weave through replica Venetian architecture, the Bellagio hotel with it’s amazing fountain displays, and Caesars Palace, located in the middle of the strip. From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll understand why this iconic Las Vegas hotel sets the standard for opulent details and the best shopping experience in Vegas.

High Roller

The Las Vegas Strip offers plenty of epic vantage points, from the restaurants atop Mandalay Bay to the clubs that crown the Palms. But perhaps the best views come courtesy of the Linq’s anchor attraction, the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel. Grab your camera and climb aboard one of the glass pods for a 30-minute trip over the strip with 360-degree views of the Vegas valley.

Shark Reef Aquarium

The Shark Reef Aquarium is in the Mandalay Bay hotel, right next to the convention center. It’s North America’s only predator-based aquarium, where you will come face-to-face with over 2,000 animals including piranhas, a rare golden crocodile, sea turtles, and of course, lots of sharks.


SlotZilla at the Fremont Street Experience is a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line attraction, and is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas. The Zipline costs $25 and starts off 77 feet up. Flyers land halfway down the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian promenade, between the Four Queens and Fremont casinos.

The Mob Museum

If you’re fascinated by folks like Al Capone and the underworld dealings of gangsters past and present, downtown’s Mob Museum, housed in a former courthouse that hosted part of the Kefauver hearings, is a must. The museum’s exhibits and artifacts (including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall) detail the Mafia’s impact on Las Vegas and the rest of the country, as well as the steps law enforcement took to bring the dons down.

Meet the NetApp A-Team

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Dave Brown

Dave is a Technical Consultant for Simplify IT Solutions Ltd in Warwickshire, England. Dave is responsible for the implementation and design of storage, virtualization, HCI, and cloud technologies.

You could say Dave likes to live dangerously—he completed in Formula 1 racing back in 2008.

• Years of NetApp experience: 10
• Certifications: NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA); NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer (NCIE); VMware Certified Professional 5.5 VCP, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Virtualization; Citrix XenServer Administrator

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