Virtual NetApp Insight Has Begun!

In case you aren’t aware, most (if not all) tech conferences have gone 100% virtual this year in light of the COVID pandemic. That includes NetApp Insight. You can check out the Insight preview podcast episode here:

Episode 260: NetApp Insight 2020 Preview

Being that everyone is new to this, there will be some hiccups – both from the event side, as well as the attendees.

So, I will try to keep a list of tips here and add to it as I learn of issues/resolutions. If you have tips or questions, hit me up in the comments.

First, a plug for my sessions (naturally you’ll need to register and sign in):

BRK-1417-2: Achieving Effective NAS Deployments

This technical session will cover the latest NetApp ONTAP features designed to enhance your NAS (SMB, CIFS, and NFS) deployments. This session will cover NetApp FlexGroup and FlexCache volumes, FabricPool and multiprotocol NAS. Discover best practices, troubleshooting tips, and more!

BRK-1440-1: Do More With the Latest Release of ONTAP

A new year brings us a new ONTAP release and, with it, a plethora of new features. Join us and learn all about the advancements in the next major release of ONTAP and how it’s empowering a multitude of things: Tier-1 SAN applications, unstructured NAS workloads, cloud enablement, and increased security.

DEM-1541-1: NetApp FlexGroup Volumes – Do More With Less

FlexGroup volumes are designed with simplicity in mind. Within a few clicks, you can present a single namespace to thousands of clients in a matter of minutes. NetApp ONTAP handles the load balancing of the data across multiple nodes in the cluster with minimal admin intervention required.

Live Q&A Sessions/VIP meetings

While all of the Insight sessions are recorded and have ways to like and comment/ask questions in a chat, it’s not the same as real time Q&A.

If you crave an interactive discussion, there are two options.

Option #1: Schedule a VIP session

This option allows you to speak to the subject matter experts at NetApp for an hour and get some personal information on your deployment.

You can schedule VIP sessions here:

https://insightdigital.netapp.com/sponsor/50

Option #2: Live Q&A

Some of the NetApp Insight Breakout Sessions have live Q&A scheduled, including a few instances of my ONTAP session BRK-1440-1.

To find those, rather than using the content library, use the Full Schedule link and then either filter by BRK sessions or search by name of session.

If you notice when you click on one of the sessions, it doesn’t start playing a video. Instead, it does this:

So, find the session you want to have live Q&A with and add it to your agenda!

Insight Digital Site Issues

Ok, now, here’s the first issue I ran into.

Weird sign in issue – Google Chrome

When I navigate to sign in to the Insight site using Google Chrome, I see this:

When I use Firefox, I see this:

So, your choices are to use a different browser or clear the cookies. You can do it specifically for the website:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647

Can’t find a session?

I had this issue personally – I was looking for my NAS session and couldn’t find it in the schedule. There’s a good reason for that – it’s not there.

Only sessions that have a live Q&A or other live action involved is listed there. If you want to find recorded sessions, use the hamburger menu and find the “Content Library” instead.

That will let you find the session you want.

Behind the Scenes: Episode 260 – NetApp Insight 2020 Preview

Welcome to the Episode 260, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invite the NetApp Insight team to talk to us about this year’s 100% virtual event and how not being there in person actually has some benefits!

Appearing in the podcast:

  • Brandi Einhorn, Evaluation and Certification Program Manager
  • Jim Coleman, Sr Global Events Manager & Insight Content Manager
  • Galen Kelleghan, Content Marketing Strategist (galenk@netapp.com)
  • Mike Gearhart, Senior Manager, VIP and Executive Event Programs (michael.gearhart@netapp.com)

For more information about NetApp Insight 2020, see:

https://insight.netapp.com/

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 260: NetApp Insight 2020 Preview – Transcript

Just use the search field to look for words you want to read more about. (For example, search for “storage”)

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Or, click the “view transcript” button:

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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:

Find the Tech ONTAP Podcast on:

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 215 – Netapp Insight 2019 Recap

Welcome to the Episode 215, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we recap NetApp Insight 2019. Join us and the NetApp A-Team as we cover the highlights, as well as coverage from the show floor from the booth staff.

Here’s a shot of us recording:

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We also had plenty of swag to offer, including a new Andy Warhol-inspired sticker/shirt design:

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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:

Road Trip!

Every year before Insight, I’ve made it a tradition to take a side trip to a national park to decompress before the event. Last year, I went to Yosemite. This year, I flew into Phoenix and drove to the Grand Canyon.

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It was a shorter overall drive than last year and I broke it up in smaller segments again. One of the side trips I took was a dirt road that took you all the way into the Grand Canyon via the Hualapai Indian Reservation. You can get there via Route 66 in Peach Springs.

I didn’t take any video, but here’s a video of the drive someone else took:

Here’s the photo album of the trip:

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And some of the highlights:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 214 – NetApp WIT at Grace Hopper Celebration and Insight 2019

Welcome to the Episode 214, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we invited NetApp’s Women in Technology to talk about Grace Hopper Celebration, Women in Technology and what’s going on at Insight 2019 in Las Vegas. 

Featured in this week’s podcast: 

  • Amy Welsh, Sr. Manager, Strategic Programs & Revenue Acceleration (@amyrwelsh) 
  • Vanessa AmbrosecchiaProgram Manager 

WIT at Insight: 

  • 1425-1 WIT Breakfast: Celebrating Women in Tech 

Also, check out this blog: 

https://blog.netapp.com/grace-hopper-celebration-2019-takeaways/  

If you’re a NetApp employee, NetApp WIT can be found at: http://wit.netapp.com/  

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:

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!

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: