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Nasuni Summit 2017 Recap

Did you hear about David Campbell of Goldman Sachs talking at Nasuni Summit 2017? The former head of the financial institution’s global storage infrastructure was there. He talked about the state of IT, unstructured data management, and the cloud. And he was awesome.

A lot happened at Nasuni Summit last week.

Let’s look back at some of the big conversations, the new Nasuni technical advancements and customer success programs that were unveiled, and what you need to do now that the event is over.

Goldman Sachs and IBM Headline Keynotes

We kicked off a beautiful fall day at the Boston Seaport Hotel and Conference Center with our keynote presentations.

Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriquez started with an overview of Nasuni’s stunning growth over the past year, which aligns with enterprises dialing up cloud spending and dialing down legacy IT infrastructure spending. Andres didn’t know at the time that IDC would announce the latest update to its worldwide cloud IT infrastructure tracker a few days later supporting his points. According to IDC, “Total worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenue has almost tripled in the last four years, while the traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue continues to decline and is down 3.8% from a year ago. The market with the highest growth in the public cloud infrastructure space was enterprise storage systems with revenue up 30.4% compared to the same quarter of the previous year, and making up over a third of the revenue in public cloud.”

David Campbell of Goldman Sachs then shared what he sees as the future of IT and the cloud, and why his firm recently invested in Nasuni. The audience loved David’s talk, and you’ll see why in this video clip.

Phil Buckellew, VP and General Manager of IBM Cloud Object Storage, was up next. Phil reviewed the IBM Cloud strategy, the company’s cloud storage portfolio, and its tight integration with IBM Watson for analytics, which helps customers unlock the full value of their unstructured data. He then explained why Nasuni is such an important IBM partner, since our global file system is exactly what’s needed to get files into IBM Cloud Object Storage, while also making them easy to share, protect, and manage across any number of global locations.

Nasuni President Paul Flanagan closed the morning by recognizing a few of our customers with limited-run Nasuni vests. Electronic Arts was recognized for having one of its team travel the farthest (Romania). Walsh Construction and Vistaprint were recognized for being the longest-tenured Nasuni customers. And TBWA, part of Omnicom Group, the world’s largest advertising agency holding company, was recognized for having the most unstructured data under Nasuni management.

Nasuni Executives Take the Stage

One of the themes of the event was how Nasuni is scaling up. We’re growing and investing in our customers’ success, our employees, our technology, and our business. So we gave each of our key executives a chance to share what they and their teams are working on.

Nasuni CFO and COO Scott Dusseault provided an inside look at the company’s impressive growth over the past few years, delving into key performance and financial metrics.

Barrie Kuza, Nasuni VP Customer Success, outlined her new organization, introduced the newly formed Technical Relationship Management (TRM) and Training groups, and was joined by Jason DePardo, VP Customer Support, to explain how Customer Support, TRM, Professional Services, and Training now form the 4 pillars of customer success.

Attendees then got to hear directly from two of the people who have invested 8 years of their lives building Nasuni’s next-generation file services platform – Matt McDonald, VP Engineering & Russ Neufeld, CTO. They got geeky about the advances and improvements that have been made to the Nasuni UniFS file system, cloud services, management console, and connectors, and highlighted their focus on continuing to improve product performance and stability.

Tom Rose, CMO, and John Capello, VP Product Strategy, concluded with a look at Nasuni’s key marketing initiatives and product roadmap. Attendees now know all Nasuni releases have video game code names that increment alphabetically once a year. Having been honing our technology for 8 years, we’re now on “G”, so the next release, planned for November 2017, is “Guitar Hero.” The release planned for March 2018 is “Halo.” John then shared the feature backlog so attendees can see everything we’re prioritizing. And he outlined the Nasuni vision for serving as the file infrastructure “glue” that can tie multiple clouds together, enabling customers to use the best analytics engines from each cloud provider no matter which object store is used by Nasuni as the authoritative source.

Customers Star in Afternoon Breakouts

The afternoon gave attendees the choice of Technical and Business breakout sessions.

“Security & compliance considerations for unstructured data management and how enterprise file services can help” featured Hyatt, Austin Radiological Association, and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development. Each gave their perspectives on how file storage in the cloud with access at the edge provides news levels of protection against Ransomware, malware, and other types of attacks, while also helping comply with data security safeguards and regulations such as HIPAA.

“Best practices for managing large file-generating applications and large file types” had engineering firm Hull & Associates, German manufacturer AIXTRON, and enterprise file search partner GrayMeta offering tips for sharing, transferring, and protecting large Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Teamcenter, and CAD files.

In “Optimizing file services at scale,” architectural engineering leader Perkins + Will, beloved video game maker EA, and multi-national construction firm APi Group reviewed the pros and cons of using virtual or physical appliances at the edge for high performance access to cloud-hosted data. They also shared their learnings on volume architecture and performance optimization.

“How to implement a cloud-first strategy and tips for driving widespread internal adoption of cloud solutions” was a huge hit for attendees looking to justify cloud-based file services internally and accelerate user acceptance. TBWA and APi Group shared what has worked for them, as both are seeing strong internal adoption.

“New file use cases and best ways to migrate these workloads from existing NAS” got attendees thinking about other types of unstructured data that can now be stored and shared using cloud-scale file services. Ecolab, the world leader in water hygiene products, and Burns & McDonnell, one of the United States’ top engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental consulting firms, explained how LIDAR, IoT machine data, and advanced analytics are now ideal workloads.

“How file services plays nicely with cloud, infrastructure, and other complimentary technologies” featured IBM, Microsoft, and new partner Varonis discussing how their technologies work with Nasuni to create an effective global file ecosystem.

3 Things to do After Nasuni Summit 2017

Whether you went to the conference or watched from afar while your colleagues had the time of their lives talking global file infrastructure and the cloud, you don’t have to wait until next year. Here are 3 actionable steps you can take now to prepare for what’s next.

1. Save the date for Nasuni Summit 2018

We’re now less than a year away from Summit 2018, which will be back in Boston in early October. Block off your calendar so we get to see you at the event next year. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

2. Drive adoption

We’ve learned a lot about how to drive Nasuni success in your business. From internal webinars to cleverly animated videos to ROI justifications, we can help you accelerate the move away from limited on-premises NAS infrastructure to limitless cloud-scale file services. Ask your Nasuni rep or TRM how to get started.

3. Join our community

Attendees consistently rated the interactions they had with their peers as the most valuable part of the conference. Keep the conversations going in our customer community forum.

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