Point No. 6: Storage efficiency
Storage efficiency isn't just one thing; it's a way of thinking. It requires solutions with a combination of capabilities that maximize operational, organizational and business efficiency. Highly efficient solutions enable users to store the most data for the lowest cost, significantly reduce data center space requirements (and power and cooling costs), complete tasks in less time with fewer people and respond instantly to business demands.
Point No. 7: Service automation
As IT departments move from supporting terabytes to petabytes, automation becomes more and more critical. Improved processes and solutions should enable IT to manage it all with the push of a button.
Setting the bar high and making purchasing decisions based on these seven criteria will enable you to achieve flexible IT so organizations can respond on-demand and do more, faster-while driving measurable business value. Flexible IT keeps pace with the speed of changing business requirements, moving IT from a cost center to a strategic business function and enabling a business to better serve its customers.
Manish Goel is Executive Vice President of Product Operations at NetApp. In this role, Manish oversees product strategy and development across all business units that span the product portfolio. Previously, he was general manager of the software products group at NetApp. Manish joined NetApp in 2002 as senior director of corporate development. He later moved to India to set up the technology center for NetApp. Upon his return from India, Manish assumed the role of vice president of enterprise accounts.
Prior to working at NetApp, Manish led corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and business development for Cadence Design Systems and Copper Mountain Networks. Prior to that, Manish spent four years as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company and six years as a systems software engineer. Manish holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.