Behind the Scenes: Episode 210 – Rubrik 101

Welcome to the Episode 210, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we discuss the recently announced NetApp-Rubrik partnership and cover the basics of what Rubrik is and can do for NAS data protection with Rubrik PM Tony Zhou (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-zhou-rubrik/), Rubrik Technical Partner Manager Pierre-François Guglielmi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pfguglielmi/) and NetApp’s Yossi Weihs (https://www.linkedin.com/n/yossiw/), Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie), and Dan Issacs (@danisaacs)!

Rubrik Logo

For more information on Rubrik, check out rubrik.com!

A couple of clarifying notes:

  • When Rubrik refers to “CDM”, this is Cloud Data Management – Rubrik’s catch all phrase for their cloud architected platform.
  • When Rubrik refers to Snapshots, they refer to their backup files as stored on their archive tier storage. So … Rubrik Snapshots are about abilities very similar to ONTAP Snapshots – retention policies, locking and immutability. Rubrik does not manage Storage snapshots for policy based retention.

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 209 – Designing an End-to-End Genomics Solution Using NetApp

Welcome to the Episode 209, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we talk genomics and how to design an end to end solution using NetApp products across the portfolio with Cloud Solution Architect Florian Fledhaus (@flfeld). 

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 208 – Intel® OptaneTM DC Persistent Memory, Microsoft SQL Server and NetApp MaxDATA

Welcome to the Episode 208, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we talk to Enterprise Solutions Architect at Intel, Ken LeTourneau (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-letourneau-26a36bb6/) and NetApp’s MaxDATA TME Chris Gebhardt (@chrisgeb) to discuss SQL Server on persistent memory and where MaxDATA projects to fit in to the solution.

Learn more about the features and performance of Intel® OptaneTM DC Persistent Memory:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/docs/memory-storage/optane-persistent-memory/optane-dc-persistent-memory-brief.html

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 207 – #VMworld 2019 Recap

Welcome to the Episode 207, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we bring in Chris Gebhardt (@chrisgeb), Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie) and Bryce Cracco (@brycecracco) to tell us all about what went down for NetApp at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco.

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 205 – #VMworld2019 Preview

Welcome to the Episode 205, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week on the podcast, we invite a slew of people to talk about what will be going on from a NetApp perspective at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco. 

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Join us and the following guests: 

  • Dan Isaacs, Sr. TME at NetApp for NVMe (@danisaacs) 
  • Chris Gebhardt, Principal TME at NetApp for MAX Data (@chrisgeb) 

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:

VMWORLD::Diary of a vN00b (complete with name dropping)

It’s been a hectic and exhausting week at my first VMworld. I’ve been to tech conferences (such as NetApp Insight), but never to anything of the sheer size and scale of this one. It’s not a storage conference, but you better believe storage was on the forefront of the conversation as the virtualization message starts to shift to converged, hyper-converged, flash and cloud.

Luckily for NetApp, we happen to have all of those bases covered already with FlexPod, EVO:RAIL, All-Flash FAS and Cloud ONTAP/NetApp Private Storage, as well as the NetApp Data Fabric.

My primary role at VMworld for NetApp was to man the NetApp booth and offer my knowledge and expertise regarding NetApp technology. I had some very good discussions with customers regarding their challenges and how they could potentially solve them. In the Meet the Engineer sessions I had, I made sure to emphasize that those customers should be doing an open and honest evaluation of their options for two reasons:

  • Doing your homework is always a good thing.
  • I was confident that once they did the research, they’d see that NetApp offered the most value.

While I was there, I managed to snap some photos of the booth and what we were doing.

Busy booth!

Meet the engineer!

The illustrious All Flash FAS 8080

Dan Isaacs grinning about his Vaughn Stewart argument

The guys from TechONTAP solving real problems

Rachel Dines showing a customer how awesome AltaVault is

For more photos, check out the Google Album.

Community

I also was here to meet new people, both at NetApp and in the tech community. I got to know a ton of really smart people and interacted with folks that I previously only knew on social media.

Some highlights (and blatant name dropping):

So my first VMworld is in the books and now I get to give my aching feet a break. Bring on the next one!

#VMWORLD:: Good eats – Stuff to eat and drink near the San Francisco Marriott Marquis

If you are new to VMWorld or San Francisco, then you are probably not aware of all the delicious goodness that exists in San Francisco in general. However, a lot of places require driving (don’t – parking stinks and is $$$) or taking public transit (BART, Uber, taxi, etc), unless you like walking miles up some pretty serious hills.

For the record, I do. I’m a bit of an urban hiker.

urban-hiker

I’ve been to SF numerous times and love it there. I also love coffee and eating. So, I’ve compiled a list of some of the places I like to go when I’m out there and tried to keep it inside of a 30 minute walk (as per Google Maps). If you’d rather hunt down your own places, Yelp is pretty reliable. It’s headquartered in SF.

This is by no means comprehensive, and since I don’t live in the Bay Area, I likely don’t know all the places to go. But I do have some reliable stand-bys. For you native Bay Area folks, I will sound a bit like a lousy tourist. And I’m ok with that.

VMWorld Logistics

If you are staying in the Marquis, it’s here:

Google Map Location for Marriott Marquis, San Francisco

VMWorld is here:

Moscone Center, San Francisco

The walk between them is approximately 5 minutes.

Coffee

 

Two places that are top notch, can’t miss stops for coffee are Philz Coffee and Blue Bottle. Yes, there are likely plenty of others I am missing, but those are the two I like. Whenever I go to the Bay Area, I make daily stops at Philz. I own one of their mugs (which gets you discounted coffee). I buy beans every time I am out there.

Blue Bottle is also very good. They both utilize intricate methods for brewing coffee and do it by the cup, on order. Which means a) lines get long and b) you have to wait a bit. Plan timing accordingly.

They both serve food/baked goods. So save room.

But try at least one of the two if you love coffee.

Yelp agrees with me for the most part.

Breakfasts

If you can, find a way to get to the Ferry Building Marketplace Farmer’s Market. Sooooo much good food (and souvenir shopping). The catch? Only going on 3 days a week.

Tuesday: 10am–2pm
Thursday: 10 am – 2pm
Saturday: 8am-2pm

However, it’s only a 19 minute walk from the Marquis! You can bet I’ll be hitting that up. Plus, if you want a nice 360 degree view of the city, Coit Tower is a 22 minute walk from the Ferry Building and you can walk down Embarcadero to get there.

Here are some photos I’ve taken around that area if you are into photography and want to get some good shots.

From Embarcadero:

From Coit Tower:

Oh… this post is about food. And this is the breakfast section. Right.

Anyway, in the Bay Area, there is a chain of French bakeries that are pretty good called La Boulanger. And there happens to be one 5 minutes away from the Marquis.

Yelp lists Red Door Cafe as one of the better brunch places and is just around a 30 minute walk from the Marquis. I never went there for brunch, but I did go for dinner there once and it was fantastic. Their profile pic on Yelp is a little NSFW, btw.

The last time I was in SF, I went to Plow, which was delicious. But it’s a longer 45 minute walk.

This year, I might try farm:table. That’s a pretty close 18 min walk.

Click here for more of what Yelp has rated highest for Breakfast/Brunch.

Lunch

You’ll likely be eating at VMWorld. Or making the pilgrimage to In N Out. But if you do venture out, it looks like there is a decent sounding burger place nearby called Super Duper Burgers. However, the Flying Falafel is intriguing… (as you can see, I haven’t done a ton of lunch in the area around the Marquis). If you’ve never had Ethiopian, it might be worth trying at Tadu. I like Ethiopian and if you like spicy foods, you can find some. Garaje also looks like it’s worth trying. That’s going to likely be what I’ll try. Or maybe Hogwash. Oh my….

Dinner

Dinners are more along the lines of things you’d likely want to do out with people and probably would travel further for. As for dinner recommendations, I’d say explore. And if you like sushi, don’t leave SF without getting some. Last time I was there, I went to a place near Ocean Beach (which is a really nice place to spend time) called Yu Zen. It was delicious and reasonably priced. It’s also all the way across the city… 2 hour walk. Even I’m not *that* insane.

But it was good and in a good location. I may try to go there again or try a new sushi place. Or maybe find a good ramen bar.

If you can get to a San Francisco Giants game, do yourself a favor and get some garlic fries.

Also, check out the recommendation of Tacqueira La Cumbre from Nick Howell (aka @DataCenterDude).

Desserts

For dessert, there’s a ton of fantastic baked goods in SF. There’s also Ghirardelli Square, with ginormous sundaes, but a bit of a walk from the Marquis.

There’s also this rice pudding bar that’s pretty good called the Loving Cup. Closest one is about a 28 minute walk from the Marquis.

If you want some authentic Italian gelato, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

EAT!!

San Francisco is a fantastic place to find great foods you love and discover new foods you have not tried. I’ve never been steered wrong by exploring and using Yelp to navigate. I suggest you do the same during VMWorld 2015! (or any time you are in SF)

A while back I created a collaborative “Cool Bay Area Stuff”  Google map. Feel free to check it out and contribute!

Also, check out the VMWorld gathering schedule.

http://www.vmworld.com/en/gatherings.html

VMWORLD::Meet the engineer at NetApp’s booth!

I’ll be going to my first VMWorld in San Francisco this year and I have no idea what to expect. But what I do know is that I’m going to be a part of the “Meet the Engineer” portion of the conference. These meetings are chances for customers to come get to know us and find out more about NetApp goodness, such as clustered Data ONTAP!

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If you want to come meet me or one of my colleagues, feel free to sign up here:

https://netapp.jifflenow.com/engvmworld2015/emr/new/gNeTcq

Engineers include:

Topics include:

Not only do you get the benefit of meeting me, but you also get either a portable USB phone charger (these are friggin awesome, btw), USB charger cable and/or NetApp laptop sticker.

Additionally, if you sign up for a meeting, you can attend our “Hall Crawl,” where we’ll be serving craft beer at the NetApp booth from 4-6:30 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Hope to see you there!

VMWORLD:: A three hour tour? VMWorld US, Here I Come!

This year, I will be making my inaugural trip to VMWorld in San Francisco. I’ll be a booth babe, manning one of the NetApp booths for a few days.

I’ve only previously been to NetApp Insight as far as tech conferences are concerned, and as I understand it, VMWorld is considerably larger. That will be interesting to see…

It’s probably also good that I’ve not been previously, as I’ve only recently been active in the social media-sphere/blog-osphere, so I’ll actually “know” people that will be there. Will be cool to put real faces to names/photos/twitter handles.

As I am I rookie/n00b, any advice from you seasoned veterans out there?

I plan on documenting my experiences via blog and have created a new bog category called VMWORLD for that.

Feel free to comment on this or hit me up on Twitter @NFSDudeAbides with tips or if you want to meet up!

If you’ve never been to the SF/Bay Area before, I love it out there and will end this blog with a link to photos from my last trip out there, from the Grand Canyon to Vegas to SF.

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipP4cbWMAhbdhqBRwveRUwgUKakZOZbydJoCPSJL