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NetApp Insight 2018 Trip Report, Part 2

Welcome back to the continuation of my trip out to NetApp Insight 2018 (read Part 1 if you haven't yet)! I'm going to pick back up at the beginning of the third day of the conference, which began with the morning General Session.

Day 3

Similar to Tuesday, there was a Wednesday morning General Session that featured some interesting customer stories as well as several product demos. The ones that stood out to me in particular were the NetApp Kubernetes Service announcement which likely comes as a result of the StackPoint acquisition and the demo of NetApp Data Availability Services (NDAS). Again, I won't go into super deep detail about the Wednesday General Session since you can watch it on YouTube here, but it was really cool to see how easy it was to deploy applications and services from Cloud Central.

I had one of my Tweets show up on the big screen before the General Session; I think I'm famous now

I thought Dave Hitz's speech at the end of the session was a nice cap to the second General Session of the conference too. His speaking style makes it hard to not get excited about whatever he is talking about. My favorite quote? "Graphical user interfaces are for WIMPS!" Haha, sorry NetApp UX designers!

I was a little lighter on sessions on Wednesday because I spent more time at Insight Central hanging out at the Social Media Hub and talking to some vendors and folks at the NetApp booths. I also sat the NetApp Certified Support Engineer - ONTAP Specialist exam on Wednesday afternoon, which I passed! Passing the certification allowed me access into the Tech Elite Meetup that happened immediately before the Customer Appreciation Event, which was a really good time too.

  Final Thoughts

If I leave a conference feeling mentally exhausted after being bombarded with new information for days on end, I consider that a good experience. Being around groups of incredibly smart people always refreshes my motivation to learn more and be a better engineer. Not to diminish the sessions because they were responsible for feeding me lots of new knowledge, but the people I had the privilege to meet (too numerous to list here) had the bigger impact.

Finally, I want to give a big thank you to NetApp United for creating a community that I am proud to be a part of, and it was great to meet fellow members!

Thanks for reading and I'll be back to Insight in 2019!

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