NetApp Insight 2018 Sessions are live!

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If you missed out on NetApp Insight 2018 in Las Vegas and Barcelona, or if you went and either missed out on a session or just want to review sessions you attended, you can do that at this link (provided you are a NetApp customer, partner or employee) to the NetApp Video Hub:

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Simply log in and browse!

As per NetApp Insight Program Manager Jim Coleman, here’s the lowdown:

Contents include breakouts recorded in Las Vegas and Barcelona events as well as selected events at Insight.  Content is available in PDF, MP4, and MP3 formats.  The new Panopto recordings allow you to search on the spoken or written word and to increase or slow down the rate of speech (English as a second language or reduce the amount of time to listen to the recording).  If you require PPT format they will be available soon on the Field Portal for employees and partners.  Questions regarding the recordings should be directed toinsight-content@netapp.com.

We also did podcast recaps here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 168 – NetApp Insight 2018 Barcelona Recap

Behind the Scenes: Episode 162 – NetApp Insight 2018 Las Vegas Recap

Happy listening!

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 170 – Active IQ

Welcome to the Episode 170, 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 talk NetApp Active IQ and how it can benefit storage administrators with guest co-host Dan Isaacs (@danisaacs), Active IQ TME Brett Albertson (bretta@netapp.com) and director of Solutions Engineering, Kim Weller (https://www.linkedin.com/in/wellerkim/)! 

Also, check out Active IQ blogs here: 

https://blog.netapp.com/how-to-use-netapp-active-iq-predictive-analytics-for-actionable-intelligence/ 

https://blog.netapp.com/how-we-use-the-netapp-data-fabric-to-innovate-with-active-iq/  

https://blog.netapp.com/intelligent-insights-with-active-iq-and-ai  

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 169 – Quarterly Security Update: Winter 2018

Welcome to the Episode 169, 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 continue our Quarterly Security Update series on the podcast with Security PM Andrae Middleton (andrae@netapp.com) and Security TMEs Matt Trudewind (@ntapmatt) and Dan Tulledge (@Dan_Tulledge). Join us as we bring the latest information about security in NetApp products, as well as discuss security trends, breaches and other news. 

Be sure to also check out netapp.com/security, as well as the following Technical Reports: 

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 168 – NetApp Insight 2018 Barcelona Recap

Welcome to the Episode 168, 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 recap NetApp Insight 2018 in Barcelona, with a variety of special guests. The NetApp A-Team wraps it all up and gives their perspective on the event. 

Here’s a few shots of us recording at Insight:

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:

Barcelona – Seeing the sights

No road trip like I pull off before Las Vegas, but I did manage to see some sights a couple days prior to Insight Barcelona. I also ate a LOT of jamon.

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Here are a few shots from that trip. Full album is here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 108 – #NetAppInsight 2017: Las Vegas Recap (with the #NetAppATeam)

Welcome to the Episode 108, 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 rounded up some of the NetApp A-Team members to discuss NetApp Insight 2017 in Las Vegas. Included in the podcast were:

You can listen to this week’s episode here:

Here are some shots of us recording:

For the blog referenced in the podcast:

The Importance of Perspective in Crisis

I also made a video of my side trip to Zion:

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

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:

Ready for Insight 2017?

NetApp Insight 2017 is rapidly approaching and I’ll be making my 5th appearance. This year, I’m doing another FlexGroup session, but I’m also picking up the general ONTAP session to discuss what’s new in ONTAP 9.3, and how ONTAP is modernizing your datacenter. This is me last year at Insight, discussing FlexGroup volumes in a shorter video:

These are the session numbers and abstracts, if you’re interested in signing up on the schedule builder:

16594-2 – Accelerate Unstructured Data with FlexGroup: the Next Evolution of Scale-Out NAS

NetApp FlexGroup volumes were introduced in NetApp ONTAP 9.1 and were designed to deliver capacity and performance benefits over not only NetApp FlexVol volumes, but also over competitive solutions. This session will include an overview of what NetApp FlexGroup volumes are, how they work, where to use them and an update on the new features and functionality.

30682-2 – Modernize Your Data Center with a Sneak Peek at the Latest ONTAP 9 Improvements

NetApp ONTAP 9.2 brought a slew of improvements that have enabled NetApp customers to modernize their data management infrastructure. Come for a review of the top enhancements in ONTAP 9.2, and stay for a sneak peek at improvements likely coming soon in the next major release of ONTAP.

I’ve also created a Hands On Lab for FlexGroup volumes that any Insight attendee can sign up for and will be handing out Tech ONTAP Podcast stickers and t-shirts. This year, we have a special edition featuring artwork by Ashley McNamara:

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You can find them in the Social Media Hub in Insight Central.

Other sessions of interest

Here are a few other sessions you may want to check out:

  • 18544-2 – Optimize Your NetApp ONTAP 9 All Flash FAS and FAS Systems
  • 13902-2 – Securing and Hardening NetApp ONTAP 9
  • 16700-2 – FabricPool in the Real World: Configurations and Best Practices
  • 18012-2 – NetApp ONTAP SAN Best Practices
  • 12708-2 – How NVMe and Storage-Class Memory Are Reshaping the Storage Industry
  • 16944-2 – Shrink Your DMZ Infrastructure with ONTAP and Other Networking Best Practices
  • 16947-2 – Thwart Threats and Add Functionality to Your NFS Storage
  • 17323-2 – Simplifying the Transition from 10GbE to 40GbE Infrastructure
  • 17703-2 – Simplify NetApp ONTAP Operations Management with Integrated Unified Manager
  • 18576-2 – Store Your Data in the Right Place on Multiple-Storage-Tier ONTAP 9 Clusters

Also check out NetApp A-Team member Ruari McBride’s NetApp Insight blog here:

https://ruairimcbride.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/time-its-on-your-side/

BREAKING NEWS at #NetAppInsight – ONTAP VVol Support?

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Along with the announcement that vSphere 6.5 went GA today, I’ve got some pretty cool news that I was just given permission to share, on the caveat that I can’t actually give the “when” portion of this…

VVols 1.0 is currently being qualified for ONTAP 9.1!

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That’s right… Both SolidFire *and* ONTAP will have support for VVols. Somewhere, Pete Flecha (@vPedroArrow) is smiling.

If you have a vested interest in this news, please email me at whyistheinternetbroken@gmail.com or comment below with some contact information and I will pass the word on to the ONTAP team.

So, while you’re at NetApp Insight in Berlin, go find Pete at the VMware booth, or attend one of the VMware specific sessions:

  • 60831-2: How Customers and Partners use NFS for Virtualization
  • 62151-2 – VMware Horizon Portfolio on NetApp
  • 61521-2 – VMware on NetApp ONTAP 9: New Tricks and Best Practice Update
  • 61718-3 – Creating a Storage Portal Using VMware vRealize and NetApp
  • 88633-2 Bridging the Gap: Networking for Storage and Virtualization Administrators
  • 88644-2 – New Capabilities in NetApp ONTAP 9, Optimized for All-Flash Virtualized Workloads
  • 61476-2 – VMware Virtual Volumes: Deploy, Implement and Troubleshoot

For NFS-specific information on vSphere 6.5, see:

vSphere 6.5: The NFS edition

For a rundown on the new ONTAP 9.1 features:

ONTAP 9.1 RC1 is now available!

One down, one to go. #NetAppInsight

NetApp Insight 2016 in Las Vegas is in the books. All the months of hard work leading up to the show finally came to fruition and the payoff is seeing how well you were able to deliver your message.

I wrote two blogs leading up to the event, too. If you’re interested:

#NextStopInsight

Will I see you at #NetAppInsight 2016?

What I was up to

This Insight was particularly busy for me. I had 3 sessions which I presented 7 times total. In addition, I had some booth duty, Tech ONTAP podcast recordings and editing, customer meetings, general session presentation and just general networking. Lots of walking, too.

Fitbit says I walked over 60,000 steps for a total of ~28 miles from Sunday to Thursday! My feet agree.

Pre-gaming

Before I arrived at the conferences, I took a road trip to Zion, which I covered in #NextStopInsight. Lots of photos from there in the blog. Some of my favorites:

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Sessions

I had 3 different sessions. Each one had pretty decent scores and attendance. Sessions get rated 1-5, with 5 being “best.”

60191-3-TT: Authentication Deep Dive

This was the internal/partner only session on Authentication. I take pride in making deep dive sessions into true deep dives. I think I did ok with this one, given the numbers.

Here are the stats:

  • Presented: 2
  • Total attendance: 63
  • Session score average: 4.82
  • Presenter knowledge average score: 4.86

60411-2: FlexGroup Technical Primer

This was the session for the new feature NetApp FlexGroup, which I cover in FlexGroups: An evolution of NAS. Expect the FlexGroup Technical Report to be publicly available soon.

This session seemed to generate a ton of interest and questions. The scores reflected that.

Here are the stats:

  • Presented: 3
  • Total attendance: 285
  • Session score average: 4.69
  • Presenter knowledge average score: 4.86

60831-2: How Customers and Partners use NFS for Virtualization

This session was a co-present session with Dave Morera, who did an excellent job as he departs from the NetApp A-Team on to VMware. Most of the scores were pretty good, but I think a few people thought the session was going to be more technical than we had it. Hard to gauge expectations; level 2 sessions are generally going to be a mix of technical and practical. We’ll take the feedback and apply it to the Berlin session.

Here are the stats:

  • Presented: 2
  • Total attendance: 143
  • Session score average: 4.38
  • Presenter knowledge average score: 4.69

So, overall, I think the sessions were successful. Looking forward to improving them a bit for Berlin. Come check them out there if you’re going!

Tech ONTAP Podcast

I kept the tradition of daily recap podcasts and they can be found here:

Most of the people I grabbed were partners or employees. I wanted to get more customers involved, so I’ll focus on that in Berlin.

General session (Tech Team Forum)

The Tech ONTAP podcast team was fortunate enough to be invited by Roger Anderson to do a live podcast. The fact that he trusted us enough to go live and unscripted speaks volumes to his admiration of the podcast. I managed to get ahold of some video of the opening and will post the whole session later.

Networking, etc.

Met lots of new people. Some from sessions, some from the Podcast, some from the general session exposure. Some were names I recognized from emails – both from internal NetApp to customers I used to help in support. All in all, was good to put names to faces.

Also gave away a bunch of shirts!

And the Flash made his (final?) appearance:

See you all in Berlin!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 59 – NetApp Volume Encryption

Welcome to the Episode 59, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week, we welcome Juan Mojica (@Juan_M_Mojica), product manager for the new feature NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE). NVE is available in ONTAP 9.1, which is being announced today at NetApp Insight!

We actually had planned for this episode to go out before Insight,  but realized we couldn’t announce any 9.1 stuff until the 26th. So you got Episode 57 on Scale Out Networking instead. 😛

What is NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE)?

Previously, to encrypt data at rest on ONTAP systems, it was an all or nothing deal. ONTAP 9 introduced the ability to do an on-box key management, but you still were encrypting everything.

With NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE), you can encrypt data at a per-volume level, giving you more flexibility and avoiding the need to encrypt entire systems.

Because NVE leverages the AES-NI capabilities on CPU, there are hardware restrictions.

Supported platforms include:

Find out more in the episode below.

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:

#NextStopInsight

NetApp Insight 2016 in Las Vegas is finally here. Months of preparation and tons of Powerpoint slides are coming to a close and next week, I’ll be able to deliver on the work I’ve put in. If you’re interested in what sessions I’m doing, I list them in Will I see you at #NetAppInsight 2016?

#NextStopInsight

This year, the hashtag #NextStopInsight is being promoted to track the exploits of the various speakers and attendees making their way there.

I flew out on the 23rd and got a rental car. I lucked out – I got a nice Fiat 500 SUV, with a sunroof!

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The drive to St. George was about 2 hours, so I made sure to fuel up on some In N Out burger before I left. Because health.

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The speed limit between Vegas and St. George is 75 most of the way, which is nice. There’s also a really cool segment of highway that winds through some immense mountains. Makes you feel super small and insignificant. I’m going to try to set up the camera to get some video during the drive on the way back if I can.

Once I arrived, I made my way out to take a short hike in Pioneer Park. Climbed some big ol’ rocks.

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Tomorrow, I head out to Zion National Park to do some hiking. Hopefully, I don’t end up like this guy:

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Zion

I arrived at Zion on Saturday around 11AM and took the shuttle in from Springdale. I had planned on hiking the Narrows but decided I didn’t feel like dealing with the water and changing shoes. So I chose Angel’s Landing, due to its expansive views and the challenge.

It was quite an effort getting up there. Lots of inclines and switchbacks. Reminded me a bit of Waipi’o Valley in Hawaii, but a little harder. Easier than Fuji though.

It took me a few hours to get up there, and the last leg of the hike was a bit treacherous, but I made it and it was worth it.

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Valley of Fire

The next day, on the way to Las Vegas for Insight, I made a stop through the Valley of Fire. It was pretty cool, but after Zion, meh. 🙂

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I’m in Vegas now, so come find me and see if I have any Tech ONTAP podcast swag on me!

Check out a photographic account of my travel exploits on my way to Insight:

Photos from Zion

I also made a video. Because I’m a nerd.