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

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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.

Behind the Scenes: Episode 228 – FlexPod for Industry Verticals – Healthcare

Welcome to the Episode 228, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, we discuss FlexPod and the new initiative to create validated designs for industry verticals. First up – Healthcare and Epic software with NetApp Sr. Product Manager for Converged Infrastructure, Ketan Mota (ketan.mota@netapp.com) and NetApp Solutions Architect for Healthcare, Brian O’Mahony (omahony@netapp.com).

For links to the FlexPod technical reports:

FlexPod for Epic TRs

FlexPod for MEDITECH TRs

And general FlexPod information:

https://flexpod.com/

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/design-zone/data-center-design-guides/flexpod-design-guides.html

https://www.netapp.com/us/products/converged-systems/flexpod-converged-infrastructure.aspx

Podcast Transcriptions

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 228: FlexPod for Industry Verticals: Healthcare – Transcription

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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 227 – Pacific Biosciences, ONTAP and Unstructured NAS

Welcome to the Episode 227, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, Adam Knight (@damknight) of Pacific Biosciences joins us to discuss how PacBio uses ONTAP for all of its unstructured NAS workload requirements, with a focus on FlexGroup volumes!

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Also, check out these other podcast episodes:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 126 – Komprise

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

And if you want to review the Insight presentation that Adam and I did together, check it out here (requires login):

NetApp Insight 2019 Presentations

Podcast Transcriptions

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 227: Pacific Biosciences, ONTAP and Unstructured NAS – Transcription

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Finding the Podcast

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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:

Updated FlexGroup Technical Reports now available for ONTAP 9.7!

ONTAP 9.7 is now available, so that means the TRs need to get a refresh.

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There are some new features in ONTAP 9.7 for FlexGroup volumes, including:

The TRs cover those features, and there are some updates to other areas that might not have been as clear as they could have been. I also added some new use cases.

Also, check out the newest FlexGroup episode of the Tech ONTAP Podcast:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 219 – FlexVol to FlexGroup Conversion

TR Update List

Here’s the list of FlexGroup TRs that have been updated for ONTAP 9.7:

TR-4678: Data Protection and Backup – FlexGroup volumes

This covers backup and DR best practices/support for FlexGroup volumes.

TR-4557: FlexGroup Volume Technical Overview

This TR is a technical overview, which is intended just to give information on how FlexGroups work.

TR-4571-a is an abbreviated best practice guide for easy consumption.

TR-4571: FlexGroup Best Practice Guide

This is the best practices TR and also offers information on new features, including details on FlexVol to FlexGroup convert!

Most of these updates came from feedback and questions I received. If you have something you want to see added to the TRs, let me know!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 226 – NetApp Ansible Modules Update – Winter 2020

Welcome to the Episode 226, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, TME David Blackwell joins us to give the latest updates on what’s new with NetApp Ansible Modules.

For tips on getting started, check out this post on the NetApp Pub.

Podcast Transcriptions

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 226: NetApp Ansible Modules Winter 2020 Updates – Transcription

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Be sure to give us feedback on the transcription in the comments here or via podcast@netapp.com! If you have requests for other previous episode transcriptions, let me know!

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:

ONTAP 9.7 New Feature: S3 Server for Object Access

Recently, on the Tech ONTAP podcast, we invited John Lantz to tell us all about FabricPool updates in ONTAP 9.7. While on the podcast, he dropped a gem about S3 object support in ONTAP 9.7 as well. He was kind enough to guest-author a post on it…

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S3 in ONTAP? Preview it now in ONTAP 9.7

ONTAP has supported file storage since 1992; and block storage since 2002. Many customers’ favorite ONTAP feature is unified storage in mixed NAS/SAN environments. NAS? Check. SAN? Check. What ONTAP couldn’t do was objects.

Customers were not left out in the cold, as NetApp has an excellent object storage solution in StorageGRID. And with FabricPool functionality in ONTAP, cold data can be tiered to StorageGRID and other object storage. Unfortunately, applications designed exclusively to leverage the S3 protocol could not be used in ONTAP … until now.

Why S3?

With the huge growth in the generation of object data, particularly with IoT devices, autonomous vehicles, and emerging 5G technology, we’re seeing increasing demand for ONTAP to support S3 as an additional option for scale-out storage, in addition to classic file-based protocols like NFS and SMB.

Many customers are looking for an efficient solution that works with their existing ONTAP environments and integrates seamlessly with the NetApp portfolio to bring object data collected at the Edge back to the Core or to the Cloud. ONTAP Select, our software-defined instantiation of Select, can be deployed almost anywhere … imagine the possibilities now that it supports S3. Deploy ONTAP almost anywhere, collect objects via S3, and then centralize those objects into a globally-distributed StorageGRID environment or major cloud providers.

Public Preview

ONTAP S3 is being released as a Public Preview in ONTAP 9.7 GA, available now.

A Public Preview is an advanced release of a new feature or function. It provides basic functionality and runs on stable code. It is designed so customers can start playing with the functionality and thinking about how it might make sense for workloads in their environments.

A Public Preview is not ready for production workloads or critical data.

For example, the Public Preview of ONTAP S3 does not support functionality essential for production environments like:

  • ONTAP System Manager
  • TLS encryption
  • Multiple buckets
  • FabricPool
  • SnapMirror

Most importantly, a Public Preview is intended to generate feedback. What works well? What doesn’t? What is missing?

Feedback is essential and will guide the prioritization of requirements necessary for production workloads and the ONTAP team is team is closely monitoring usage via Active IQ.

Although not intended for production workloads, NetApp Support is ready to assist with ONTAP S3 configuration and troubleshooting questions.

StorageGRID: NetApp’s solution for object storage

StorageGRID is, and will remain, NetApp’s flagship solution for object storage. IDC MarketScape recently named NetApp a Leader in the latest report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2019 Vendor Assessment. ONTAP S3 complements StorageGRID by providing an ingest and pre-processing point on the Edge, helping customers build an extended data fabric for object data, demonstrating yet again the power of NetApp’s industry-leading data management solution portfolio.

We are testing integration between ONTAP and StorageGRID using NetApp Cloud Sync and will share details as soon as possible.

Getting started

Like other protocols (FC, iSCSI, NFS, NVMe_oF, SMB), S3 requires a license to be installed before it can be used in ONTAP. A free evaluation license can be obtained on the NetApp’s Evaluation Central site.

After the license has been installed, (system license add <license-code>) getting an object store up and running is a simple, three step process:

  1. Add the object store to an SVM.
vserver object-store-server create -vserver <name> -object-store-server <name>
  1. Create a bucket to store the object data in.
vserver object-store-server bucket create -vserver <name> -bucket <name> -size <size>

The bucket is built on FlexGroup technology, supporting 50 billion files per HA pair, and capacities of 20PB+. Buckets use FlexGroup elastic sizing.

  1. In order to permission buckets for use only by authorized clients, user authorization will need to be added to buckets. To add users to the bucket:
vserver object-store-server user create -vserver <name> -user <name>

To view the user’s access key and secret key:

object-store-server user show

ONTAP 9.7 and beyond

By introducing ONTAP S3 as a Public Preview in ONTAP 9.7 GA, NetApp once again asserts its dominance in data management, providing an unparalleled unified architecture and pushing the market with industry leading technology solutions for the data fabric.

Behind the Scenes: Episode 225 – NetApp Technical Support Winter 2020 Updates

Welcome to the Episode 225, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, NetApp support director John Boggs (john.boggs@netapp.com) and Escalation Engineer Chance Bingen (@CB8MyDataCenter) join us to discuss NetApp support, what’s new and what’s coming up!

For questions about webinars, email ng-supportwebinars@netapp.com

For more information, check out:

 

Podcast Transcriptions

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 225: NetApp Technical Support Winter 2020 Updates – Transcription

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Be sure to give us feedback on the transcription in the comments here or via podcast@netapp.com! If you have requests for other previous episode transcriptions, let me know!

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 224 – FabricPool in ONTAP 9.7

Welcome to the Episode 224, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast,  FabricPool TME John Lantz (john.lantz@netapp.com) and PM Shriya Paramkusam (shriya@netapp.com) stop by to give us the latest information on what’s new for FabricPool in ONTAP 9.7, as well as the new S3 server available for public preview!

For more information on FabricPool, check out:

https://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-4598.pdf

Podcast Transcriptions

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 224: FabricPool in ONTAP 9.7 – Transcription

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Be sure to give us feedback on the transcription in the comments here or via podcast@netapp.com! If you have requests for other previous episode transcriptions, let me know!

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 223 – NetApp Hands on Labs

Welcome to the Episode 223, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast,  Toby Creek joins us to discuss the new public offering of NetApp’s Hands on Labs. Now anyone can access labs at https://labondemand.netapp.com/!

Podcast Transcriptions

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Episode 223: NetApp Hands on Labs – Transcription

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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 222 – To the Data Fabric and Beyond! (with Matt Watts)

Welcome to the Episode 222, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast,  NetApp’s EMEA CTO Matt Watts (@mtjwatts) joins us to discuss the data fabric and the new NetApp Keystone offering.

Check out Matt Watts’ blog at:

https://www.watts-innovating.com/

For more information on the NetApp Data Fabric:

https://www.netapp.com/us/data-fabric.aspx

And for the official 3lateral story:

https://www.netapp.com/us/data-visionary/3lateral-humanizes-data-using-netapp-technology.aspx

Podcast Transcriptions

We also are piloting a new transcription service, so if you want a written copy of the episode, check it out here (just set expectations accordingly):

Episode 222: To the Data Fabric and Beyond! (with Matt Watts) – Transcription

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Be sure to give us feedback on the transcription in the comments here or via podcast@netapp.com! If you have requests for other previous episode transcriptions, let me know!

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: