Behind the Scenes: Episode 153 – VVols and VMware Best Practices in ONTAP

Welcome to the Episode 153, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, ONTAP Virtualization TME Karl Konnerth (@konnerth) joins us to give us the latest in VMware best practices for ONTAP, as well as a primer on VVols and what the latest functionality is in vSphere 7.2! 

For more information, read Karl’s recent blog about VVols & ONTAP or check out the updated technical report

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 152 – VMworld 2018 Preview + NetApp HCI Update

Welcome to the Episode 152, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week on the podcast, VMworld 2018 is fast approaching! Join me and a group of NetApp’s finest virtualization experts to discuss what’s in store for NetApp at VMworld 2018, as well as what we can expect for NetApp HCI (https://www.netapp.com/us/products/converged-systems/hyper-converged-infrastructure.aspx).

On this episode:

  • Doug Chamberlain (@dacmba), Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie), Senior Business Development Manager
  • Gabriel Chapman (@Bacon_Is_King), Senior Manager, NetApp HCI
  • Karl Konnerth (@konnerth), ONTAP Virtualization TME

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 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

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 56 – VMworld 2016 Recap

Welcome to the Episode 56, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

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This week, we invite Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja), Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell)and Chris Gebhardt (@chrisgeb) to discuss VMworld 2016 in Vegas and how NetApp fared.

We had a full house in the studio – as well as on the phone – and as such, we got lots of “bonus” content. Be sure to stick around after the outro for a beat box session.

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 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:

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.

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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.

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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