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'Alexa, manage my enterprise storage'

No, says Tintri, it isn’t nonsense. (Psst, want to see a demo?)

When we rather fancifully wrote a column about storage system management by chatbot, and added the idea of an Alexa-type, speech-recognizing front end, we thought we’d left the back of our envelope far, far behind. Turns out we hadn’t.

Tintri has been working to develop a chatbot for storage admin staff. The chatbot project has progressed to a demo facility on a smart phone, and you can watch a couple of videos about this.

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Click the image to roll the chatbot vid – excuse the excessive rich marketing cream

And it now seems that the Alexa front-end idea is actually not that crazy. Even Starbucks is getting in on the act, with customers talking to a device to present their coffee order. It’s launching a Starbucks Reorder skill on Amazon’s Alexa platform, and using Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay technology.

According to a Cloud Expo tweet, Dan Florea, Tintri’s director of product management, has suggested a Cloud Expo USA session in June looking at Alexa and storage management.

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So it appears Tintri is working on an Alexa integration, with the aim of having admin staff talk to their Tintri storage and manage it from anywhere – through Slack and similar services – using Tintri’s Web Services API.

Hey Alexa, waddya think of that? Won’t it make the most appealing storage management eye-candy video ever, like EVER? And, more to the point, it could make storage admins more productive. We’ve asked Tintri for a comment. ®

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