In this busy world of HyperConverged and Converged Infrastructure offerings. Last week NetApp released a new beast. The FlexPod SF, and it’s exactly that. A converged offering from Cisco and NetApp with SolidFire storage capability running alongside Cisco networking and compute in a validated and reference architecture. A cool marketing video if anything – The FlexPod Portfolio As I said FlexPod isn’t new from both Cisco & NetApp they have been doing it for years. Before I joined Veeam this was my bread and butter from a design and implementation point of view. Introducing FlexPod SF It is suggested that the FlexPod SF use caseRead More →

The guys over at the NetApp TechONTAP podcast, Invited me back for another slot on their show. I was over in Raleigh, North Carolina specifically visiting the Research Triangle Park and NetApp for a week of NetApp A Team ETL goodness, It’s where we get to provide feedback as well as learn of what’s ahead from a NetApp point of view. The podcast “studio” is based at their campus there, when I say studio I actually mean Storage cupboard…. But how good is that? A Storage vendor podcast or should I say Data Management company hosting their podcast from the storage cupboard. Oh the irony.Read More →

  I have been lucky to be a part of this group of advocates for 4-5 years now. Since having that first call with Sam Moulton, Our Champion of the NetApp A Team and also my second Mom, she called me whilst I was in a car park heading to a consultancy job whilst I was at a distributer. I don’t remember the conversation vividly but it went along the lines of you seem to do a lot of good content around NetApp and ecosystem partners would you like to join a new program we are starting (or we have started…) As a fan ofRead More →

As I write out this post I am actually on a flight off to Berlin for the fourth time in 3 years, I am heading to the NetApp Insight event which will be the third year of it taking place here. The last time I was here was back in a cold February for Cisco Live, same conference centre so I am hoping for something a little different for this one. Thinking about it this will be the third time at NetApp insight Berlin and once again I am in a different role… the first time I was at Avnet delivering Pre and Post sales,Read More →

The halfway mark for the #VDM30in30 and with a conference in the middle for a week it was always going to be tough to keep the content going at a post a day, although whilst at the conference I was able to jump on with some old friends and talk about some community and highlights for NetApp Insight and also about the newly announced Veeam 9.5 being GA during the same week. It’s always a great thing getting to speak to the guys that run the NetApp TechONTAP podcast as well catching up with my good friend Pete Flecha who is now at VMware, watchRead More →

Back in June 2016 NetApp made a handful of big software development announcements firstly a new naming convention, out went the many operating system variants, CDOT, Clustered ONTAP etc. to be replaced by just ONTAP. ONTAP 9 was announced and in the first weeks of September we saw the General Availability of that source code to the current FAS hardware range as well as the newly rebranded ONTAP Select, ONTAP’s Software Defined Storage version. Another part of that announcement was a more formal, 6 monthly release cadence and without disappointment NetApp have this week announced ONTAP 9.1. Three things really stand out in this releaseRead More →

Introduction to OnDemand Sandbox from Storage Snapshots This new feature from Veeam was released in version 9 on January 12th 2016, probably my favourite feature that came in the new release, simply because it takes a great technology that is rarely used because of the manual steps required and allows for these steps to be automated. Meaning you get this great technology in an automated fashion allowing to perform lots of test and development on production storage and no extra storage cost. Basically with OnDemand Sandbox from Storage Snapshots we are able to take existing storage snapshots, create a segregated, full performance copy of productionRead More →

The reason for this post is to tie in with the last post but give you a step by step guide on how to create the “FlexClone On Steroids” Create backup / Snapshot only job The following steps are required for that scheduled snapshot job that can be ran during business hours this is not a requirement for this however I have found it quite useful in having a scheduled point in time snapshot to then go and create a FlexClone from. Create Application Group The creation of the Application Group only has to be done once and this is really there to determine theRead More →

Introduction A few weeks back I put a post together around the Cisco UCS C class high density storage and server and how it really works as an ideal Veeam appliance in some scenarios, as part of this series I wanted to choose a SAN based appliance as well as next touching on a Cloud Integrated solution which will be coming up shortly. You can find the post regarding the Cisco UCS C Class Appliance here – http://bit.ly/1jrb6fD Firstly, I chose for the SAN appliance post to talk about the NetApp E-Series range, the E-Series offers a high performance backup repository for us as VeeamRead More →

Introduction About a month ago I started a series of posts around Veeam Appliances, the first post alluded to the Cisco C Class 240/3160 & 3260 and this being used as a Direct Attached Storage model for Backup, combined with the compute power this made for a very good scalable solution for what and where to take your backups – you can find that post here. Next up I hit on the NetApp E-Series a SAN array and how this could benefit customers if used in conjunction with Veeam as a backup repository, leveraging an investment in a SAN fabric or network and making fullRead More →