FADI KANAFANI

Dubai 2020 | IT & INNOVATION | INTERVIEW

The NetApp data fabric provides companies an enterprise data security approach that spans their entire data infrastructure, on and off premise.

Fadi Kanafani
BIOGRAPHY

Fadi Kanafani is the Senior Regional Director for Middle East and Africa at NetApp. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry with some of the world's most influential technology companies like Cisco and Lucent Technologies. He has also held several senior management consulting positions. Kanafani holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in production and operations management from Louisiana Tech University.

What differentiates NetApp in terms of products and services?
Industry analyst IDC named NetApp as the leader in All-Flash in EMEA, and Gartner has recognized data fabric as a top technology trend in data and analytics. This is not only a strong validation of NetApp's vision, but our innovation and capabilities also help customers better manage their data. Only NetApp can deliver a data fabric with consistent data services for data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security. We help customers modernize their data center by moving away from mechanical legacy disks to flash, for example. Also, NetApp supports customers that have distributed architectures to build their own private/hybrid cloud and lastly enable them to leverage the power of the hyperscalers by building a hybrid multi-cloud architecture to serve different types of workloads.

How is data safer with NetApp?
The NetApp data fabric provides companies an enterprise data security approach that spans their entire data infrastructure, on and off premise. Additionally, NetApp ONTAP helps build a zero-trust architecture to protect a customer's data across the hybrid cloud. The data is encrypted at the lowest level, whether it is at rest, moving through the network, or stored in the cloud. This helps provisioning of consistent data security policies across flash, disk, and cloud—with visibility into all customers' storage devices. As preserving data integrity is also a major concern while adopting cloud into a business strategy, NetApp created Cloud Secure, which provides total visibility into user access and malicious behavior. This allows detection of possible threats and ensures that proper actions are taken against process-violating behaviors.