Behind the Scenes: Episode 79 – Databases and Cloud with Jeff Steiner

Welcome to the Episode 79, 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 invite the database guru himself, Jeff Steiner (@TweetofSteiner) to talk about databases, the cloud as it pertains to ONTAP and SolidFire. We go over a wide array of things as Jeff tells us exactly how he feels about marketing and NVMe, the current shiny object/topic du jour in the storage industry. Jeff pulls no punches.

Jeff Steiner also has a blog at https://words.ofsteiner.com.

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

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

You can listen here:

Taking a look at the new MyAutosupport Dashboard

NetApp has released a new MyAutosupport dashboard to help enhance the value you get out of the tool. The new features focus on predictive analytics, as well as proactive steps to help maintain your ONTAP cluster in an easier to digest format.

Included in the release are:

  • New customer dashboard with capacity and upgrade recommendations
  • New system dashboard with recommendation details
  • Workload tagging for context sensitive recommendations
  • Upgrade recommendations and plans in a few clicks
  • Dynamic and powerful search for your installed base
  • Modern, responsive user interface

The new interface can be found here:

http://mysupport.netapp.com/myautosupport/dist/index.html

What does it look like?

The new dashboard has a simpler look and feel and offers monitoring and historical tracking of system data, as well as predictive analysis.

The following gives an example of how the new MyAutosupport will look and feel:

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The splash page will deliver a way to track usage and consumption, ensure you’re running the recommended ONTAP versions, as well as viewing recent support cases and system risks to see if there needs to be some proactive maintenance done on a system.

Detailed views

In addition to the overall summary, you can click on one of the sections and drill down into a more detailed analysis of your cluster.

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View capacity forecasts based on data and workload trends, storage efficiency summaries and details about system risks.

Workload tagging

In addition to the predictive analysis and risk assessment, MyAutosupport also offers a way to tag specific volumes in your cluster and associate them with an application workload. Then, MyAutosupport will provide context sensitive proactive recommendations that will enable you get better efficiency, performance, and availability for your applications. You will also receive recommendations for best practices that are specific to your application. MyAutosupport will come pre-populated with specific applications in a drop down box to simplify the procedure.

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Simplified upgrade planning

From MyAutosupport, you can generate upgrade plans to provide a smoother and simpler way to perform non-disruptive upgrades. Just click on the “Upgrade Recommendation” portion of MyAutosupport, select the systems to upgrade, the target version and click Next.

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Enhanced search functionality

MyAutosupport also allows for better search functionality across systems in your environment. Simply type in a name, site or cluster and the list will populate in real time.

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Don’t like it?

That’s fine! We still have “Classic My Autosupport” for people who hate change.

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 78 – NetApp Certifications featuring the NetApp A-Team

Welcome to the Episode 78, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, several NetApp A-Team members were in RTP to help create the NetApp NCIE exams that are used to help officially certify storage administrators for ONTAP. We rounded up Ruari McBride (@mcbride_ruairi), Scott Gelb (@scottygelb) and Steven Cortez (@mscproductions) to discuss how a NetApp certification exam gets created and why you’d want to take one.

To find out more about the NCIE, check out the official NetApp page: http://www.netapp.com/us/services-support/university/certification/ncie-san/index.aspx

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

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

You can listen here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 77 – CTO Predictions 2017 with Dr. Mark Bregman

Welcome to the Episode 77, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we welcome NetApp CTO Dr. Mark Bregman (@drmarkbregman) to the podcast to discuss his recent CTO predictions with us and elaborate a bit on where he sees the IT industry shifting. Below is the short list of the predictions. Click here for the slide share. Tune in to the podcast for the details!

  • Prediction 1: Data Is the New Currency
  • Prediction 2: The Cloud as Catalyst and Accelerator
  • Prediction 3: New Technologies Become Standard
  • Prediction 4: A Wider Dynamic Range of Storage and Data Management Technologies Evolves
  • Prediction 5: New Models Take Hold
  • Prediction 6: Consumerization of IT Persists

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

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

You can listen here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 76 – Customer Chat with Yahoo’s Jeff Mohler

Welcome to the Episode 76, 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 bring in a NetApp customer for a candid chat about how they use NetApp’s portfolio in their environment and what sort of challenges they face in day to day operations. Join us as we talk with Jeff Mohler (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jemohler/), a principal Global Storage Architect at Yahoo and get a feel for how an enterprise customer manages thousands of NetApp systems.

If you’re a NetApp customer and you’re interested in appearing on the podcast to chat about how you’re using NetApp, be sure to shoot us an email to podcast@netapp.com!

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to techontappodcast.com.

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

You can listen here: