Why Is the Internet Broken: Greatest Hits

When I started this site back in October of 2014, it was mainly to drive traffic to my NetApp Insight sessions -and it worked.

(By the way… stay tuned for a blog on this year’s new Insight sessions by yours truly. Now with more lab!)

As I continued writing, my goal was to keep creating content – don’t be the guy who just shows up during conference season.

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So far, so good.

But since I create so much content, it gets hard to find for new visitors to this site, The WordPress archives/table of contents is lacking. So, what I’ve done is create my own table of contents of the top 5 most visited posts.

Top 5 Blogs (by number of visits)

TECH::Using NFS with Docker – Where does it fit in?

SMB1 Vulnerabilities: How do they affect NetApp’s Data ONTAP?

TECH::Become a clustered Data ONTAP CLI Ninja

ONTAP 9.1 is now generally available (GA)!

NetApp FlexGroup: An evolution of NAS

DataCenterDude

I also used to write for datacenterdude.com on occasion.

To read those, go to this link:

My DataCenterDude stuff

How else do I find stuff?

You can also search on the site or click through the archives, if you choose. Or, subscribe to the RSS feed. If you have questions or want to see something changed or added to the site, follow me on Twitter @NFSDudeAbides or comment on one of the posts here!

You can also email me at whyistheinternetbroken@gmail.com.

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 213 – Quarterly Security Update Fall 2019

Welcome to the Episode 213, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we continue our quarterly security series with some updates about Insight 2019, what’s new in security since the summer and some in-depth discussion about NetApp ONTAP’s Secure Purge Feature.  

Featured in this week’s podcast: 

As mentioned in the podcast, here are a few reference links you can learn from: 

https://blog.netapp.com/protecting-your-data-perfect-forward-secrecy-pfs-with-netapp-ontap/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL6LZmarEj4  

Achieve a Data-Centric Approach to Zero Trust with NetApp ONTAP

Network Vulnerability Scanner indicates ONTAP as a FreeBSD system

Security Hardening Guide for NetApp ONTAP 9

Secure Purge Blog

Insight Sessions: 

  • 1346-2 – ONTAP Hardening: Secure Your Data Against Today’s Threat Landscape 
  • 1347-2 – Applying a Zero Trust Architecture to Your Organization’s Security with NetApp 
  • 1348-2 – Deploying a Secure Hybrid Cloud Environment: Harness the Power of the Cloud Securely 
  • 1350-2 – Addressing Ransomware in 2019 
  • 3006-1 – Data Caretakers: Governance for Data Driven Organizations 

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 212 – Azure NetApp Files

Welcome to the Episode 212, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast,  Lee Jiles (lee.jiles@netapp.comSr. Manager of Azure Global) and Will Stowe (wstowe@netapp.com, Cloud Architect) tell us all about the NetApp cloud native offering in Microsoft Azure, why you might want to use it, and how easy it is to get access. For more information, including Azure NetApp Files performance, visit https://cloud.netapp.com/azure-netapp-files. 

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Where’s Justin (And the #NetAppATeam) at #NetAppInsight 2019?

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NetApp Insight 2019 in Las Vegas is right around the corner and everyone at NetApp is hard at work getting ready for the event.

That includes me… but before I head to Las Vegas, I’ll be making my usual road trip prior.

Each year, I like to decompress before Insight (and mainly, before immersing myself in Las Vegas) by taking a long drive across the vast deserts and mountain scenes of the western United States. Last year, I did an epic journey from Sunnyvale to Yosemite to Death Valley to Las Vegas.

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In years prior, I have made my way to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon.

This year, I’ll be flying into Phoenix, AZ to visit some friends, then driving back up through the Grand Canyon. Last time I was there, I just spent a night. This time, I’ll take 2 nights and hopefully I’ll be able to get better star photography results than last time.

Then, onwards to Las Vegas to present a few sessions.

My Insight 2019 Sessions

If you’re looking to schedule sessions, head over to the insight.netapp.com sessions page! Log in and start scheduling sessions before they fill up…

This year, Skip Shapiro is taking over the “What’s New in ONTAP” session (1276-1 Do More, With Less Time and Effort with the Latest Release of NetApp ONTAP). Instead, I’ll be doing the following sessions:

1355-2 Unstructured NAS with ONTAP Solutions: Deep Dive

This session will provide a technical deep-dive and update on foundational technologies underlying our NetApp ONTAP unstructured data solution. We will cover updates on ONTAP 9.6 and 9.7 enhancements to NetApp FlexGroups, FabricPool, FlexCache, XCP, and the NetApp Inplace Analytics Module. In addition, we will review technical best practices for deployment of unstructured data technologies, as well as common errors and troubleshooting.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 30, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The session is marked as a level 2, which is a tricky level for presenters – some people come in expecting a higher level. Some expect more detail. But for this session, I decided to err on the side of information and packed it full of details, best practices and more!

2026-1 How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at Pacific Biosciences

Genomic sequencing is a process intensive, data hungry operation that requires storage that offers immense capacity and superior performance. At PacBio, FlexGroup volumes are revolutionizing the way genomic sequencing can be performed. Join us as we speak with PacBio about how they’re using ONTAP’s data management, rich feature set and cloud-enabled capabilities to get the most out of their infrastructure.

Tuesday, October 29, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

This session is marked as a level 1, but it leans more towards level 2. We go into some pretty good detail about genomics, PacBio and how FlexGroup volumes are being implemented there, as well as some lessons they’ve learned along the way. NetApp A-Team member and PacBio HPC Architect Adam Knight (@damknight) is a rookie speaker, but he crushed it in our dry run, so be sure to check him out!

4037-1 How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at Pacific Biosciences

  • Monday, October 28, 02:00 PM – 02:20 PM

This session is an abbreviated version of the main one hour session and will be in the pavilion theater. It’s 20 minutes long, so if you want more detail into this use case, check out the longer session! It is on Monday, however, so if you want a sneak preview/teaser of the main session, come check it out!

NetApp A-Team Sessions and Blogs

We recently did a preview of NetApp Insight 2019 on the podcast and interviewed the A-Team. You can find that episode here:

In addition to my sessions, the NetApp A-Team has a number of sessions they’re delivering, including:

  • 3009-2: Ask the A-Team – Building a Modern Data Platform with Mark Carlton – Arrow ECS (@mcarlton1983), Chris Maki – Scalar Decisions (@chrismaki), Paul Stringfellow – Gardner Systems (@techstringy), Mike Palic – Meridian IT (@spindleninja) and Becky Elliott (@beckylelliott)
  • 3002-1: Data is Crucial, so Build the Strategy and Platform it Deserves with Paul Stringfellow – Gardner Systems (@techstringy), Michael Cade – Veeam (@michaelcade1), Ryan Beaty – Red8 (@RyanONTAP) and Jason Benedicic – TDCB Consulting (@jabenedicic)
  • 2026-1 Pacific Biosciences: How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at PacBio with Justin Parisi – NetApp (@nfsdudeabides) and Adam Knight – PacBio (@damknight)
  • 7003-1 NAIL IT: Making Your Data Fabric Real with Skottie Miller Dreamworks Technology Fellow, Jonsi Stefansson and Jeff Baxter from NetApp and John Woodall VP Engineering IAS (@John_Woodall)
  • 9006-2: Veeam is Getting NASty with Adam Bergh – Veeam (@ajbergh) and Michael Cade – Veeam (@michaelcade1)

Also, check out these NetApp A-Team blogs on Insight 2019:

Also, Neil Anderson will be blogging from Insight:

What about the podcast?

Oh yeah, that’s right! Of course we’ll be doing tons of podcast stuff. Here’s some photos of previous years at Insight…

I’ll be interviewing people, meeting, greeting and handing out swag. This year’s new sticker and shirt design is…

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Plus, we’ll have women’s shirt styles!

If you don’t like that design, we’ll have the classic black shirts, as well as trucker hats with the classic gopher mohawk design!

You can find the podcast stuff at the social media booth, and perhaps I’ll be there, if you can find me!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 211 – NetApp Insight 2019 Preview #NetAppInsight

Welcome to the Episode 211, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we give you the lowdown on NetApp Insight 2019 in Las Vegas. Join us as we discuss this year’s Insight themes, fun events you might be interested in, sessions, Insight Central and much more!

You can see more information – including the schedule builder and registration – at https://insight.netapp.com/

Featured on this episode:

  • Emily Miller (@Emily_S_Miller) – NetApp VP of Brand and Influence Marketing
  • Jim Coleman – NetApp Sr Global Events Manager

NetApp A-Team (@NetAppATeam)

  • Samantha Moulton (@SamMoulton) – NetApp Sr. Influence Program Manager, NetApp A-Team mom
  • Jason Benedicic (@jabenedicic) – Independent consultant
  • Adam Bergh (@ajbergh) – Global Alliance Architect, @Veeam
  • Mike Palic (@SpindleNinja) – Sr. Storage and Converged Infrastructure Engineer, Meridian IT Inc
  • Mark Carlton (@mcarlton1983) – Solutions Architect, Arrow
  • Donny Lang (@DonnyLang1)  – Sr. Systems Administrator, Plexus Corp
  • Paul Stringfellow (@techstringy) – Director of IT consultancy Gardner Systems, host of Tech Interviews podcast (https://soundcloud.com/techstringy-580399274)
  • Chris Olsen (@colsenNM) – Solutions Architect, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Chris Maki (@ChrisMaki) – Senior Solution Architect, Scalar
  • John Woodall (@John_Woodall) – VP Engineering, Integrated Archive Systems
  • Dan Barber (@dancbarber) – Consulting Systems Engineer, NetApp
  • Dan Isaacs (@danisaacs) – TME, NetApp

NetApp A-Team sessions at Insight include:

  • 3009-2: Ask the A-Team – Building a Modern Data Platform
  • 3002-1: Data is Crucial, so Build the Strategy and Platform it Deserves
  • 3006-1: Be a Multi-Cloud Hero!
  • 2026-1 Pacific Biosciences: How NetApp FlexGroup Volumes Power Genomic Sequencing at PacBio
  • 7003-1 NAIL IT: Making Your Data Fabric Real with Skottie Miller Dreamworks Technology Fellow, Jonsi Stefansson and Jeff Baxter from NetApp and John Woodall VP Engineering IAS
  • 9006-2: Veeam is Getting NASty 

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 210 – Rubrik 101

Welcome to the Episode 210, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we discuss the recently announced NetApp-Rubrik partnership and cover the basics of what Rubrik is and can do for NAS data protection with Rubrik PM Tony Zhou (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-zhou-rubrik/), Rubrik Technical Partner Manager Pierre-François Guglielmi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pfguglielmi/) and NetApp’s Yossi Weihs (https://www.linkedin.com/n/yossiw/), Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie), and Dan Issacs (@danisaacs)!

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For more information on Rubrik, check out rubrik.com!

A couple of clarifying notes:

  • When Rubrik refers to “CDM”, this is Cloud Data Management – Rubrik’s catch all phrase for their cloud architected platform.
  • When Rubrik refers to Snapshots, they refer to their backup files as stored on their archive tier storage. So … Rubrik Snapshots are about abilities very similar to ONTAP Snapshots – retention policies, locking and immutability. Rubrik does not manage Storage snapshots for policy based retention.

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 209 – Designing an End-to-End Genomics Solution Using NetApp

Welcome to the Episode 209, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we talk genomics and how to design an end to end solution using NetApp products across the portfolio with Cloud Solution Architect Florian Fledhaus (@flfeld). 

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 208 – Intel® OptaneTM DC Persistent Memory, Microsoft SQL Server and NetApp MaxDATA

Welcome to the Episode 208, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we talk to Enterprise Solutions Architect at Intel, Ken LeTourneau (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-letourneau-26a36bb6/) and NetApp’s MaxDATA TME Chris Gebhardt (@chrisgeb) to discuss SQL Server on persistent memory and where MaxDATA projects to fit in to the solution.

Learn more about the features and performance of Intel® OptaneTM DC Persistent Memory:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/docs/memory-storage/optane-persistent-memory/optane-dc-persistent-memory-brief.html

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 207 – #VMworld 2019 Recap

Welcome to the Episode 207, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we bring in Chris Gebhardt (@chrisgeb), Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie) and Bryce Cracco (@brycecracco) to tell us all about what went down for NetApp at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco.

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Using XCP to delete files en masse: A race against rm

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XCP has traditionally been thought of as a way to rapidly migrate large amounts of data, or to scan data and generate reports. And those ideas still hold up today….

But what if i told you that you could use XCP to delete millions of files 5-6x faster than running rm on an NFS client?

Wait… why would I delete millions of files?

Normally, you wouldn’t. But in some workflows, such scratch space, this is what happens. A bunch of small files get generated and then deleted once the work is done.

I ran a simple test in my lab where I had a flexgroup volume with ~37 million files in it.

::*> vol show -vserver DEMO -volume flexgroup_16 -fields files-used
vserver volume files-used
------- ------------ ----------
DEMO flexgroup_16 37356098

I took a snapshot of that data so I could restore it later for XCP to delete and then ran rm -rf on it from a client. It took 20 hours:

# time rm -rf /flexgroup/*

real 1213m4.652s
user 1m39.703s
sys 41m16.978s

Then I restored the snapshot and deleted the same ~37 million files using XCP. That took roughly 3.5 hours:

# time xcp diag -rmrf 10.193.67.219:/flexgroup_16
real 218m17.765s
user 149m16.132s
sys 40m47.427s

So, if you have a workflow that requires you to delete large amounts of data that normally takes you FOREVER, try XCP next time…

These are VMs with limited RAM and 1GB network connections, so I’d imagine with bigger, beefier servers, those times could come down a bit more. But in an apples to apples test, XCP wins again!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 206 – Intel, NetApp and AI with Remi el-Ouazzane

Welcome to the Episode 206, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we talk with Intel’s Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Remi el-Ouazzane (https://www.linkedin.com/in/remi-el-ouazzane-6a1111/) and NetApp’s Hoseb Dermillian (@HosebDM) about AI trends and how NetApp and Intel products are enabling the AI data pipeline to become a reality.

Finding the Podcast

You can find this week’s episode here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tech-ontap-podcast?refid=stpr

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:164421460/sounds.rss

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here: