Another year has passed by quickly and a lot has happened in the world. When you look at a list of some of the things that happened, you realize how much you can forget has happened. Some events are more important than others, but it’s always good to take a minute to recap.
- Elon Musk owns Twitter (for now)
- Midterm elections
- War in Ukraine
- Queen Elizabeth dies
- Will Smith slap
- FTX collapse
- Britney Griner returns home
- Houston Astros (MLB), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), LA Rams (NFL), Golden State Warriors (NBA), Argentina (World Cup) all crowned as champions
Obviously that’s not everything, but this blog isn’t about world events, but is instead a recap of some of the highlights of things I’ve worked on over the year.
At the start of the year, I was head down in learning about Kubernetes and how to deploy a configuration from scratch. In January, I posted two blogs in a series about that journey (which is still ongoing). Which reminds me… I still have a draft of the next part in the series to complete.
- This is the Way – My K8s Learning Journey, Part 3: Installing kubectl is a multi-round fight (Round 2)
- This is the Way – My K8s Learning Journey, Part 4: Initial configuration challenges and unexpected surprises
I also recorded and posted a few podcasts that month:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 313: Autonomous SAN with Broadcom and NetApp
- Behind the Scenes Episode 314: What’s New in NetApp Active IQ Digital Advisor – Jan 2022
- Behind the Scenes Episode 315 – Enterprise Imaging Workloads with NetApp and Google Cloud
- Behind the Scenes Episode 316 – The Mark III and NetApp Medical AI Partnership
In February, I continued to learn about Kubernetes and did a podcast about the new features for Astra Control:
I also had a chance to learn about Natural Language Processing in a conversation with David Talby of John Snow Labs:
In March, there was more Kubernetes, as I was able to talk with Andy King at Rancher about what they’re doing:
Then, it’s ONTAP new release time, as we discussed ONTAP 9.10.1 (better late than never!):
I also was able to chat with AJ Casamento of Broadcom about SAN Security with ONTAP:
April was a lighter month for podcasts, but we did manage to discuss Cloud Backup:
And we chatted again about NLP with John Snow Labs:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 323 – How Natural Language Processing Enhances the Healthcare Insurance Industry
May seemed to be an unofficial Ransomware Protection month, as we did three episodes on Ransomware and security:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 324 – Cleondris SnapGuard and NetApp ONTAP for Ransomware Protection
- Behind the Scenes Episode 325 – Risk IQ with Steve Ginty
- Behind the Scenes Episode 327 – The NetApp Ransomware Protection Approach
I also had a chance to talk about the NVIDIA SuperPod offering:
I also managed to get Kerberos working in a Kubernetes pod with some help from our friends at Google:
May is also when I published the GCP CVS Security TR:
In June we did a couple of podcasts from the application perspective, featuring information about Consistency Groups and vVols:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 329 – NetApp ONTAP Consistency Groups Deep Dive
- Behind the Scenes Episode 328 – How NetApp Approaches vVol Backups
And it was another new ONTAP release with ONTAP 9.11.1:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 330 – NetApp ONTAP 9.11.1 Overview
- Behind the Scenes Episode 331 – NetApp ONTAP 9.11.1 Security Overview
I kicked off July with an episode on DevOps with Tim Doering:
Then, one on Cloud Backup with StorageGRID:
And another one on Medical Imaging with Samba Nova Systems:
And we wrapped up the month with a podcast about SAN Simplicity with AJ Casamento from Brocade:
In August, we did another Medical Imaging podcast with Kim Garriott and Tony Turner (Esteban Rubens sadly left NetApp for Oracle):
We also covered the VM User Group and FlexPod XCS:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 337 – All About VMUG
- Behind the Scenes Episode 338 – Introducing NetApp FlexPod XCS
This is also when I started my new video series about Kubernetes called “Nailed It”:
In September, we covered a lot of ground on Astra and talked about some customer use cases with Casey Schenberber of Hyland and Jacob Jiang from SAP:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 339 – NetApp Astra Control Updates – August 2022
- Behind the Scenes Episode 341 – NetApp Astra Control DR – Customer Perspectives
I also was able to sync up with Yves Weisser about his work on Kubernetes:
I closed out the month with a VMware Explore recap:
In October, we talked about the new Cloud Insights ONTAP Essentials offering with Yossi Weihs and Ed Barron:
And Kim Garriott dropped by again to discuss digital pathology:
In November, we talked Cybersecurity with James Fair:
Then we covered the latest release of ONTAP:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 347: NetApp ONTAP 9.12.1 Overview
- Behind the Scenes Episode 348: NetApp ONTAP 9.12.1 – S3 Updates
In December, I wrapped up the year on a tear with 4 podcast episodes.
First, I did one on FlexCache write back in ONTAP 9.12.1:
Then I did a couple on the new NetApp BlueXP:
- Behind the Scenes Episode 350: NetApp BlueXP Overview
- Behind the Scenes Episode 351: Fluid and NetApp BlueXP
Then we wrapped up the year with an episode on the new Google Cloud Medical Imaging Suite:
In the background, I’ve also been working on a new ONTAP technical report for Kubernetes, which is currently in the process of being published, so stay tuned for that!
It’s also cool to be able to look back at how the site and podcast stats performed.
Overall, there were 52,000 views and 36,500 visitors to the blog. That’s down a bit from previous years, but still pretty good.
As for the podcast, over 114,900 plays.
Top episodes this year were Active IQ, Autonomous SAN and the ONTAP 9.10.1 episode:
This coming year, I’ll focus on some different things and keep cranking out podcasts. Feel free to comment below for topics you might want to see covered!