Behind the Scenes: Episode 182 – NetApp on NetApp: FlexGroup Volumes and ActiveIQ

Welcome to the Episode 182, 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 in the guys from Customer One, who operate the NetApp on NetApp program. NetApp on NetApp is a program where we leverage the latest NetApp technologies within our own organizations. Eduardo Rivera (@mredrivera) and Faisal Salaam (https://www.linkedin.com/in/faisal-salam-754a13104/) as we discuss how NetApp is using FlexGroup volumes to power Active IQ. 

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:

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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 134 – The Active IQ Story: Building a Data Pipeline for Machine Learning

Welcome to the Episode 134, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, Active IQ Technical Director Shankar Pasupathy joins us and tells us how AutoSupport’s infrastructure and backend evolved into Active IQ’s multicloud data pipeline. Learn how NetApp is using big data analytics and machine learning on ONTAP to improve the overall customer experience

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.

This week’s episode is 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:

Storage Efficiency Transparency: Powered by Data

Recently, NetApp has started to publicly display storage efficiency ratios on AFF systems on the product pages. You can see for yourself here.

The initial results look pretty good:

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That’s over 4:1 average capacity savings on our AFF systems, which is possible due to storage efficiency features that are currently only available on NetApp AFF platforms. It also falls in line with NetApp’s All-Flash Guarantee program.

Storage efficiencies add great value to AFF systems by way of allowing more data to be stored in ONTAP systems, which reduces the $/GB cost of the storage system. So even though you may pay more for SSD drives, you get that money back as you add data to the storage because you need less of a footprint to store it, less power and cooling and better overall performance.

I like to think of storage efficiency value in comparison to this guy:

Where does that ratio come from?

The numbers publicly shown on the NetApp site aren’t pulled out of thin air; they’re updated regularly from real-world data captures of capacity savings from NetApp’s Active IQ back end. The ratio factors in the same standard values most of NetApp’s competitors use (provided they have those features):

  • Deduplication
  • Compression
  • Compaction
  • Clones

They left out snapshots from the main calculation, but do include what that ratio looks like on the same page (spoiler alert: it’s an insane 22:1).

For more info on Active IQ, check out the following podcast:

NetApp is using data mining, machine learning and analytics more and more to enhance how we deliver information.

Check the NetApp site periodically and see how the numbers adjust based on real data!