Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And Now for Something Completely Different

For nearly a decade, I have had the opportunity to be an advocate for the most extraordinary products, people, and partnerships that make up the NetApp ecosystem. My advocacy efforts -- shared via blogs, tweets, conferences, analyst day, and even at NASDAQ -- have evolved far beyond the typical "bits and bytes" discussion.

So today, it is with both excitement and sadness that I announce my transition from Avnet to a new role as Senior Product Marketing Manager at Commvault.

I am astounded by the changes to the storage and data management industry in just the last decade: scale-out NAS, unified storage, flash, hyperconverged, and cloud have evolved from buzzwords to real-world implementations. In fact, I am convinced that we are in the middle of a transitional period that will result in a completely software-defined datacenter by the next decade.

Yet one thing remains the same: data.

It is no secret that unrelenting data growth is wreaking havoc upon the conventional approach to backup and recovery. I often see organizations challenged with faster recovery requirements, end-user computing, and the increased adoption of cloud computing.

But where others see challenges, I see opportunity. And that's what progress is all about.

It is this vision that leads me to Commvault. My primary focus will be to create and promote solutions for protecting, recovering, and optimizing enterprise applications from Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft.

Again, it has been an incredible journey as the NetApp Advocate #1. Here’s to an exciting future ahead for each and every one of us!