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.
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.
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. ®