Behind the Scenes: Episode 76 – Customer Chat with Yahoo’s Jeff Mohler

Welcome to the Episode 76, 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 bring in a NetApp customer for a candid chat about how they use NetApp’s portfolio in their environment and what sort of challenges they face in day to day operations. Join us as we talk with Jeff Mohler (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jemohler/), a principal Global Storage Architect at Yahoo and get a feel for how an enterprise customer manages thousands of NetApp systems.

If you’re a NetApp customer and you’re interested in appearing on the podcast to chat about how you’re using NetApp, be sure to shoot us an email to podcast@netapp.com!

Finding the Podcast

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 73 – SNIA and Technology Trends

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Welcome to the Episode 73, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invited one of the board members over at the storage industry’s standards organization, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Alex McDonald (@alextangent) is a director and vice-chair at SNIA and covers cloud, as well as NFS.

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He also happens to be part of the office of the CTO here at NetApp and was kind enough to join us whilst in RTP to chat about SNIA and technology trends. We talk a bit more about NVMe, which we also covered in last week’s podcast.

In addition, I went off on one of my classic tangents. This time, it was regarding Spaceballs, and the concept of “now.”

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.

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 72 – Demystifying NVMe

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Welcome to the Episode 72, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invited a gaggle of NetApp’s flash brain trust to discuss the emerging technology NVMe and its place within the storage landscape and attempt to demystify it.

Is NVMe the future or a passing trend? And where does NVMe fit within the NetApp product portfolio?

Featured on the podcast (in alphabetical order):

  • Andy Banta, Storage Janitor at NetApp SolidFire (@andybanta)
  • Val Bercovici, CTO for NetApp SolidFire (@valb00)
  • Andy Grimes, Mr. Flash/Principal Architect for Flash at NetApp (@andy_NTAP_flash)
  • Mark Harrison, NetApp SE (@NetApp_Mark)
  • Anthony Whitehouse, Senior Product Manager at NetApp (@apwhitehouse)
  • John Woodall, VP, Engineering at Integrated Archive Systems; NetApp A-Team member (@John_Woodall)

Keith Aasen, NetApp Solutions Architect also gives some perspective on NVMe in this blog post:

http://community.netapp.com/t5/Technology/NVMe-A-Step-into-the-Future/ba-p/127309

Also check out Val Bercovici in this article on NVMe from The Register:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/31/netapp_and_nvme_drives_and_fabric_access/

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.

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

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 71 – SPC-1 benchmark and the A700s

Welcome to the Episode 71, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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We decided to do a mid-week release of the podcast to talk about the brand new AFF platform, as well as the insanely high results from the SPC-1 benchmark test! We bring in the performance team, featuring Chad Morgenstern and Jim Laing, to talk numbers. Then, we invite Mr. Flash, Andy Grimes (@andy_ntap_flash),  to give us the lowdown on the new compact beast, the A700s.

Finding the Podcast

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

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 70 – SnapCenter 2.0

Welcome to the Episode 70, 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 welcome NetApp Technical Marketing Engineer John Spinks (@jbspinks) to talk about the latest release of SnapCenter and how it’s improving backup management!

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.

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 69 – SolidFire: Year in Review

Welcome to the Episode 69, 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 invited Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and Andy Banta (@andybanta) to give us their thoughts on the past year after the SolidFire acquisition by NetApp. We also discuss the new Element OS, Fluorine.

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.

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 64 –VMworld and OpenStack Summit Recaps

Welcome to the Episode 64, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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Barcelona had back to back tech conferences the past few weeks. First, VMworld, then OpenStack Summit. We talk with Keith Norbie (@KeithNorbie) and Andrew Sullivan, who were able to attend both events.

 We also bring a strong set of interviews from OpenStack Summit by Tech ONTAP Podcast honorary beat reporters Kelly Boeckman (@kellyboeckman) and Kelsi Cooke (@kelsicooke) of NetApp SolidFire.

 Interviewees included:

  • Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP Product Marketing, Mirantis (@kpemmaraju)
  • Jaime Fullaondo, Software Engineer, DataDog (@truthbk)
  • Rui Okoshi, Product Marketing, NTT Communications
  • Madhura Maskasky, Co-founder and VP Product Platforms, Platform 9 (@madhuramaskasky)
  • Cody Hill – Lead Systems Engineer, Platform 9 (@eyeonthecloud)
  • Sandro Mazziotta, Director Product Management, RedHat OpenStack (@smazziotta)
  • Jeremy Hopkins, Product Manage, Cisco MetaCloud (@jeremythopkins)

Finding the Podcast

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

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 63 – What is FabricPool?

Welcome to the Episode 63, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invite NetApp Product Manager Arun Raman (pronounced like the noodles) on to discuss the new upcoming ONTAP feature that adds another thread to the Data Fabric – FabricPool!

FabricPool was announced at NetApp Insight 2016 Las Vegas and there was even a demo:

There is also a blog on it here:

http://community.netapp.com/t5/Technology/FabricPool-Preview-Building-a-Bridge-from-the-All-Flash-Data-Center-to-the/ba-p/124388

This episode functions more as a sneak preview of the feature, so be sure to stay tuned for updates and an eventual deep dive. If you’re interested in trying the feature out in an Early Access Program, email araman@netapp.com.

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.

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Behind the Scenes: Episode 62 – ONTAP 9.1 Hardware Refresh

Welcome to the Episode 62, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we geek out on the new hardware announcements made at Insight 2016 in Las Vegas that coincide with the ONTAP 9.1 release. We chat with Flash TME Skip Shapiro and PM Mukesh Nigam, as we learn about the latest and greatest updates with these beastly – yet densely compact – new hardware platforms including:

We also welcomed a customer from the College Board, Deanna McNeill (@deannie) to discuss Insight and her experience with NetApp.

    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

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    June 2016 – ONTAP 9 Month on the Tech ONTAP Podcast!

    A couple weeks ago, I hinted at some news that was coming to the Tech ONTAP Podcast in June. Now, that news is finally here – ONTAP 9 has been announced!

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    We kicked off the month with an interview with Lee Caswell, the VP of Product and Solutions Marketing at NetApp to talk about why NetApp decided to go with the new ONTAP 9 version rather than another 8.x release, as well as how the ONTAP software release cadences are changing.

    You can listen to that here:

    The entire month is listed under a playlist here:

    What changed?

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    With the new release, there is a focus on the following:

    Simplicity

    • New AFF deployment templates for Oracle, VDI, SQL to speed up set up (<10 minute set up)
    • Improved and re-vamped management GUIs (Dave Morera does a nice job covering this)
    • Unified data management across on-prem (flash and disk) and cloud datacenters

    Maximizing Data Center Agility

    Improved Performance

    • 20x faster response times
    • Up to 60% more IOPs than 8.3.1

    There’s also a series of new features being offered in ONTAP 9. We discussed some of those with Lee Caswell (see his blog here), but we will also be covering them in upcoming episodes this month.

    For a short list of the new features:

    • Support for 15TB SSD
    • Inline data compaction
    • SnapLock® software for data compliance
    • RAID-TEC triple-parity protection
    • Headroom for visibility of performance capacity
    • MetroCluster enhancements
    • Onboard key manager (Included for FREE)
    • FlexGroups (PVR only in 9.0)
    • Workgroup mode for CIFS/SMB

    A few of the NetApp A-Team Members wrote up some blogs for the new stuff:

    Upcoming schedule

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    The following is the tentative podcast schedule for the rest of the month, where we talk about all things ONTAP 9!

    Week of June 3: Lee Caswell on “Why ONTAP 9”; ONTAP 9 overview with a special SolidFire announcement in a mini-podcast! (2.5 podcasts in one week!)
    June 10: ONTAP 9 features: Data Protection
    June 17: ONTAP 9 features: Flash Perf
    June 24: ONTAP 9 features: ONTAP Select and SAN
    June 30: ONTAP 9 features: FlexGroups
    July 4: ONTAP 9 features: Manageability Tools

    Stay tuned for great things!