Behind the Scenes: Episode 96 – Death of the Specialized Admin

Welcome to the Episode 96, part of the continuing series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week, we invited the Storage Janitor/Undertaker, Andy Banta (@andybanta) and NetApp SolidFire Developer Advocate Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell) to discuss how the role of the specialized admin is evolving. We also chat about VVols and where NetApp fits into that technology.

Be sure to also check out the NetApp Pub for all the latest developer content!

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:

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BREAKING NEWS at #NetAppInsight – ONTAP VVol Support?

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Along with the announcement that vSphere 6.5 went GA today, I’ve got some pretty cool news that I was just given permission to share, on the caveat that I can’t actually give the “when” portion of this…

VVols 1.0 is currently being qualified for ONTAP 9.1!

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That’s right… Both SolidFire *and* ONTAP will have support for VVols. Somewhere, Pete Flecha (@vPedroArrow) is smiling.

If you have a vested interest in this news, please email me at whyistheinternetbroken@gmail.com or comment below with some contact information and I will pass the word on to the ONTAP team.

So, while you’re at NetApp Insight in Berlin, go find Pete at the VMware booth, or attend one of the VMware specific sessions:

  • 60831-2: How Customers and Partners use NFS for Virtualization
  • 62151-2 – VMware Horizon Portfolio on NetApp
  • 61521-2 – VMware on NetApp ONTAP 9: New Tricks and Best Practice Update
  • 61718-3 – Creating a Storage Portal Using VMware vRealize and NetApp
  • 88633-2 Bridging the Gap: Networking for Storage and Virtualization Administrators
  • 88644-2 – New Capabilities in NetApp ONTAP 9, Optimized for All-Flash Virtualized Workloads
  • 61476-2 – VMware Virtual Volumes: Deploy, Implement and Troubleshoot

For NFS-specific information on vSphere 6.5, see:

vSphere 6.5: The NFS edition

For a rundown on the new ONTAP 9.1 features:

ONTAP 9.1 RC1 is now available!

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 29 –VVols with Pedro Arrow!

Welcome to the Episode 29 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week, we dragged former Tech ONTAP Podcast host Pete Flecha (aka @vPedroArrow) into the studio to talk VVols after our successful episode with SolidFire’s Aaron Patten last week.

Getting Pedro into the studio was easy – we still keep in touch with him and he was happy to come lend his expertise to the podcast. He also happens to have his own podcast that he just started up at VMware: Virtually Speaking.

I was glad to get Pedro into the studio – he was the guy who championed me to join up with the excellent podcast crew.

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Recording the Podcast

The podcast went pretty smoothly – it’s as if Pedro had done this before – but in classic Pedro Arrow fashion, we had to do some re-takes the next day. He’s a bit of a perfectionist.

Check out the new episode below and be sure to send any questions or comments to podcast@netapp.com:

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: