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Microsoft-Partner-of-the-Year.pngIt’s hard to believe it’s almost here, but we at NetApp are getting ready to pack our  bags and head to Vegas next week for Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013. The event kicks off Monday, April 8, and as a gold sponsors and Microsoft’s Private Cloud Partner of the Year, we’ve got all sorts of great stuff lined up.  This post is designed to be your handy guide to all things NetApp at MMS.

 

Visit Us at Booth #435

Stop by our booth in the expo hall, Booth #435. We’ll have experts available to answer questions and provide demos, mini-theater sessions taking place throughout the week, and of course giveaways and prizes!

 

Our experts will show you how the combination of NetApp storage and expertise and Microsoft Private Cloud accelerates the delivery of IT services and applications with:

  • Increased agility
  • Improved efficiency
  • Integrated data protection, all on a proven platform.

 

Social Media at MMS 2013

We want to have a conversation with you – and we don’t want that conversation to be limited to the expo hall. Whether you’re joining us in Vegas or following along from afar, stay up-to-date by following @NetApp on Twitter, or by checking out our Facebook and LinkedIn pages. And make sure to follow NetApp experts @glnsize, @calvinnieh, @briggs_rob, @mhardi01, and @SAN_NINJA.

 

We encourage you to join the conversation yourself using our event hashtag #NetAppMMS – share your thoughts, photos, and quotes, or ask questions about NetApp and Microsoft Private Cloud (more on that below).

 

Ask the Expert Session

Tuesday, April 9, 12:00-1:00pm PT

Join the conversation on Twitter: #NetAppMMS

 

Not able to make it to MMS this year? Still have burning questions that you’d like to ask directly of a NetApp expert? You’re in luck! We’ve got an hour dedicated to answering all of your questions on Twitter. NetApp’s own @mark_beaupre will be fielding all of your questions on Tuesday, 4/9, from 12:00-1:00 PT. Just use the #NetAppMMS hashtag during this time and ask your questions – Mark and his team will be standing by to answer them.

 

But you don’t have to limit your questions to that timeslot. Use the #NetAppMMS hashtag throughout the event, we’ll be monitoring and answering questions as they come through.

 

NetApp Speaking Session

Maximize the Benefits of Microsoft Private Cloud: Automation, Self-Service and Provisioning

Wednesday, April 10, 8:30am-9:45am

Mandalay Bay, Banyan C

 

Learn how you can make the most of you Microsoft Private Cloud environment from NetApp, Microsoft’s Private Cloud Partner of the Year. Take a deep dive into NetApp’s native Windows Server 2012, PowerShell, and System Center integration to provide monitoring, management, self-service, and automation. Learn about NetApp’s unique ability to rapidly transition workloads in-between hypervisors and beyond. Attendees of this session will have the chance to win a Microsoft Surface Pro – register now, space is limited!

 

Mini-Theater Sessions

As Microsoft’s Private Cloud Partner of the Year, NetApp has a range of joint solutions with Microsoft. To give them all their fair shake, we’ve got four rotating Mini-Theater sessions at the NetApp booth (#435), they’ll be focused on:

 

  • FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud
  • A different approach to Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX)
  • Data ONTAP PowerShell Toolkit: Thinking outside the box
  • NetApp Private Storage for the Public Cloud

 

You can find more details on the contents and schedule of each of these here.

 

Giveaways

We’ve got all sorts of giveaways that we’ll be handing out at our booth and our speaking session. They range from tablet covers to a couple Microsoft Surface RTs – stop by the NetApp booth (#435) to find out how you can win!

 

NetApp VIP Program

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with one of our NetApp sales executives, marketing managers, and/or technical experts. For more information about the NetApp VIP program, click here. Registration deadline is April 5.

 

Stay Tuned for More!

We’ve got plenty more planned as we lead up to MMS next week, but stay tuned here on NetApp 360 and via #NetAppMMS on Twitter for all the latest, including planned blog posts on:

 

  • A new announcement about NetApp and Microsoft
  • Deploying Windows Server 2012 RD on ExpressPod with Hyper-V
  • Using ODX to Speed Deployments of RDS on Windows Server 2012 and Clustered ONTAP
  • And much more!

 

See you there! And you can also stop by Booth #717 where our own Chris Lionetti will represent NetApp at the SNIA Storage Management Initiative booth.

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