Behind the Scenes: Episode 54 –VVols and SolidFire

Welcome to the Episode 54, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we bring in the Storage Janitorhimself, Andy Banta (@andybanta) to do a deep dive into VVols on SolidFire. Andy will also be at VMWorld to answer your VVol questions, so be sure to visit him at the NetApp booth!

Andy likes to work in dirty word phrases to his podcasts, so see if you can find the hidden gem in this one. Hint: He intersperses it in several sections.

We also did a VVols episode with VMware’s VVols guy, Pete Flecha. You may remember him from previous roles, such as “Tech ONTAP podcast host.”

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:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 53 –Developer Advocacy and Kubernetes

Welcome to the Episode 53, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we welcome a very special guest – developer advocate rockstar Kelsey Hightower (@kelseyhightower) from Google/Kubernetes! Kelsey gives us the run down on his views on advocacy vs. evangelism and where Kubernetes fits in with a changing IT landscape. I was able to convince Kelsey to join us by simply asking. Super accessible!

If that’s not enough, we also bring in NetApp SolidFire’s developer advocate, Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell). Josh echoes some of the same feelings as Kelsey, and gives us his Monty Python pitch for Puppet.

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:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 52 –SolidFire’s Position in NetApp’s Portfolio

Welcome to the Episode 52, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we welcomed NetApp/SolidFire’s Business Development Manager Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie) and Product Marketing Manager Kelly Boeckman (@kellyboeckman) to discuss the SolidFire positioning in NetApp’s portfolio, as well as playing a rousing game of “You might be SolidFire if…” (Spoiler: Keith lost)

Keith also made use of the guest beard/neckbeard/mullet.

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:

SolidFire Analyst Day News #BringOnTheFuture

Today, SolidFire announced a few things during their Analyst Day.

First of all, they have new branding – one that’s more in line with the NetApp color scheme.

Secondly, there’s a pretty rad new robot on the solidfire.com site, who totally looks like he’s contemplating his own existence:

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They’ve also announced the intent to create a SolidFire FlexPod solution, as well as the new Element 9 OS.

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Most importantly, SolidFire promised that June 2 would change the storage industry forever. And it seems like they might have done just that with a new way to think about how customers purchase storage. The Flash Forward program offers flexibility for customers – you only pay for what you use – and promises to “future proof” your purchases. The concept has promise – but ultimately, customers will decide if it’s the right approach for them. I tend to think they’ll hop onboard, as well as the rest of the storage industry.

How’s that for change?

Some of the NetApp A-Team blogged about the event:

In addition, the Tech ONTAP podcast team spoke with the SolidFire CTO, Val Bercovici (@valb00) about the announcement. There’s a mini-podcast here:

Also, be sure to check out ONTAP 9 month on  the podcast. I blogged about it here.

Behind the Scenes: Episode 34 – OpenStack Summit Austin Preview

Welcome to the Episode 34 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

I didn’t write up an Episode 33 version of this last week, mainly because I was fighting with an ESXi upgrade.

This week, we brought in a number of our OpenStack people (both NetApp and SolidFire) to talk about the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Austin, TX and what NetApp and SolidFire would be doing there.

On this episode we had:

You can also reach Rob @openstacknetapp.

SolidFire also posted a blog on the preview as well.

Recording the podcast

We only had Andrew, Glenn and myself in the studio – everyone else dialed in via Skype. So, no pictures or funny stories. 🙂

But, I have been to Austin before and it’s a pretty awesome city. If you want photos, I have some here.

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Now, for the episode!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 28 – SolidFire: I have one. Now what do I do with it?

Welcome to the Episode 28 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This episode wraps up “SolidFire Month” with Aaron Patten (@jedimt), a virtulization architect at Solidfire, who is currently working on their VVol implementation.

In classic Tech ONTAP Podcast fashion, we naturally pinged Amy Lewis on Tuesday asking “do you have anyone that you’d recommend coming in to record, um, tomorrow?”

And, of course, the CommsNinja did. And because she came through multiple times this month, the reward was donuts. (Note the strategic placement of bacon.)

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So we scheduled something with Aaron for the next morning at 9:30AM, right before the SolidFire deep dive white boarding session where Aaron was acting as the technical lifeguard.

Andrew Sullivan was out this week, being an honorary Canadian while talking about containers across the Great White North.

Recording the podcast

When we got Aaron into the studio, we learned he was a former sound man. Of course, we put him to work. He helped us troubleshoot and fix a mic issue that was causing an irritating hum. 

We also talked about beards, and I referenced a Kids in the Hall skit about beards. Here it is:

Aaron also mentioned some of his white papers and his blog!

You can check out the podcast in its entirety here:

Behind the Scenes: Episode 27 – SolidFire: Automation for the People!

Welcome to the Episode 27 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

After last week’s successful episode (SolidFire Deep Dive – 900 listens in just 1 week!), not to mention a long weekend (we had President’s Day off), I was finding that we hadn’t scheduled our next guest yet.

I pinged Glenn on Tuesday, asking if he had any ideas. But something magical happened that evening, when an email hit my inbox at 6PM:
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Wait. Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell)? King of the gingers?

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Heck yes!

So we decided we’d make this week’s show about automation, with a SolidFire spin. After all, February *is* SolidFire month…

Recording the show

Josh was great and was a natural on the podcast. We’ll definitely have him back on. We talked about automation, why you need automation and included a bunch of Office Space references. Sadly, we had to cut some of the colorful language out…

Here are some photos from the show.

  
I wanted to call it “Automation for the People” in honor of R.E.M., but SEO rules.

Now check out the episode!

Behind the Scenes: Episode 26 – SolidFire Deep Dive

Earlier this week, I mentioned how I was going to start a new series of “behind the scenes” blogs on the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.

The impetus behind this was to promote the podcasts a little more and get some more active involvement from the community as a whole.

This week’s podcast was a SolidFire deep dive and can be found here:

I’ll be writing this blog with inspiration drawn from the brilliant video created the day of the announcement, with the 8-bit Pac-Man-esque theme. I can’t find it now, but it was great. This Dave Wright video has it at the end:

Act 1: They Meet

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This week, we had our new friends from SolidFire in the studio to do a deep dive on the technology. We started out with Amy Lewis (@commsninja) and Aaron Delp (@aarondelp) to do a high level overview.

They were on site at RTP to get badges, meet people and be introduced at the Friday tradition of Beer Bash. I had met Amy briefly before, but I don’t think she remembered me. In fact, we had been communicating over Twitter DM and she messaged “Marco!” to find me. What made it funny was that she probably sent that as she was standing 3 feet from me, talking with other people at my table.

To be fair, I don’t look like my Twitter profile photo right now, as I have the winter neckbeard going. I got my revenge, however, by getting Amy to wear the infamous “Guest Beard” on the podcast:

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We had some good chats about SolidFire and NetApp, but what didn’t make it to the recording were some guttural sounds made by Amy that will find their way into the intros in the future…

Act 2: The Chase

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I had scheduled Jeramiah Dooley (@jdooley_clt) weeks ago, when the deal was first announced. I reached out to him and Amy to ensure I got them on as soon as legally possible.

I was also asking Amy to land me Dave Wright, the CEO. But that proved hard to do, given how busy Dave likely was those coming weeks. Hopefully we’ll get him on soon, but Amy did make up for it by landing a great special guest in Andy Banta (@andybanta), who I had heard of but never realized just what a superstar he was in the overall virtualization community.

Andy was going to join via Skype and Jeramiah was going to be on-site on Monday after traveling to do the Tech Unplugged session with Andy Grimes (@Andy_NTAP_Flash)from NetApp.

One problem – Jeramiah didn’t have a badge yet. So coordinating that was a little challenging, but not too bad.

We did the show and later I found out that Andy Banta snuck some secret code words into the episode. See if you can find them and shoot an answer in the comments and I’ll send you a podcast sticker!


Afterwards, I was planning on taking Jeramiah out to lunch, but Andy Grimes grabbed him for an EBC with a customer. So, within minutes of getting his badge, Jeramiah Dooley was already adding value to NetApp. 🙂

Act 3: Junior?

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I know this blog post seems like a love fest for SolidFire, almost completely motivated by the acquisition. But it’s really about 2 things.

  1. SolidFire have been competitors before this, so we couldn’t really be too gushy about them. However, I’ve always admired them from afar for their marketing savvy and overall tech story.
  2. It’s also about making them feel welcome from the start. It’s hard to be a company that’s acquired by another company and I wanted to make sure I did my part in being as accommodating as possible to help ease the transition.

I’m sure there are a lot of good things in store for NetApp and SolidFire, and you can be sure that the Tech ONTAP podcast will be inviting them back to help tell their story.