Behind the Scenes: Episode 127 – NetApp United

Welcome to the Episode 127, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”


This week on the podcast, NetApp United is looking for new members!

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We bring the head of the program, Petya Stefanova (@PeytStefanova) to give us a rundown, as well as some of the current NetApp United members to tell us about their experiences.

Included in the discussion:

Finding the Podcast

The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to

This week’s episode is here:

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

Our YouTube channel (episodes uploaded sporadically) is here:


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:


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.


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:








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 39 – NetApp A-Team ETL


Welcome to the Episode 39 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week, we took the show on the road to NetApp headquarters to attend the NetApp A-Team ETL, which is similar to Storage Field Day, except it’s all NetApp.

So, Sully and I hopped on a plane to act as ambassadors and to conduct interviews of the guys. When we do that, we use these nifty little recording devices:


We also use those at trade shows. They’re portable and do pretty good recording work.

We managed to interview about 7 of the A-Team members, but couldn’t get more than that, as the bus was leaving for the final evening event. We’ll definitely be trying to sync up with them over Skype for future episodes for sure. If you want to catch a few other interviews from them, Pete Flecha (@vPedroArrow) did some with them for his Virtually Speaking podcast.

Essentially, the ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) is a chance for A-Team members to engage senior NetApp leaders and voice their feedback to those leaders in an attempt to make NetApp better. One of those leaders happened to be NetApp founder, Dave Hitz, who’s always a popular guest for his candidness and entertaining delivery.


We also were able to interview the Cloud Czar/new SolidFire CTO, Val Bercovici, as well as Joel Kaufman, who is a director of product management for manageability at NetApp.

All in all, I thought the ETL was a success. Great, smart people. Lots of good food. Lots of fun. And Samantha Moulton, who runs the A-Team (@NetAppATeam), did a fantastic job bringing it all together.


The podcast is all finished and up for listening. You can find it on iTunes or SoundCloud or by going to

Also, if you don’t like using iTunes or SoundCloud, we just added the podcast to Stitcher.

You can find it here:

I also recently got asked how to leverage RSS for the podcast. You can do that here:

The official NetApp blog post for the podcast is here:

Now, here’s the podcast!