Episode 5.5: COVID 19

In Episode 5.5 sprechen Der_Schmitz und Data_Stefan aus aktuellem Anlass, mit Herrn Dr. med. Hermann Thomas, Chefarzt der Klinik für Innere Medizin, Fachbereich Pneumologie an der Lungenklinik Ruhrgebiet Nord über das Thema COVID 19. Leider wird das Thema unseres Podcast wieder deutlich brisanter. Bleibt gesund!

Podcast Episode 2: NVMe, SSD oder HDD?

Nachdem letzte Woche unser Begrüssungs Podcast online gegangen ist präsentieren wir Euch heute bereits die nächste Episode.

In Episode 2 sprechen @Der_Schmitz und ich @Data_Stefan über die Unterschiede zwischen NVMe, SSD und HDDs. Was sind die Hintergründe und für was setze ich die jeweiligen Technologien ein?

Viel Spass beim reinhören.

Jetzt machen die auch noch einen Podcast!?!

Zeit mal wieder was Neues auszuprobieren! Trainings kann ich aktuell nur virtuell geben und mit einem Podcast kann ich die IT Interessierten unter Euch auch recht gut erreichen.

Nun ist es soweit und ich starte mit meinem NetApp A-Team Kollegen @Der_Schmitz einen Podcast.

„Jetzt gibt´s was auf die Ohrn!“

Inhaltlich geht es natürlich um Datacenter Technologien und alles, was uns so Spannendes in der Cloud erwartet.

Heute Episode 1: Wer sind die? Und warum machen die das?

Viel Spass beim reinhören

Be more active with Active IQ

Active IQ does make a big difference and it’s a part of the whole NetApp solution, it includes with an active support contract. Let’s take a closer look below why Customers and Partners can benefit a lot if they’d use Active IQ.

During my Partner enabling workshops I always do an Active IQ Demo where I show the following:

  • Inventory of NetApp systems
  • One-click capacity and contract renewal requests
  • Health summary and trends
  • Upgrade recommendations
  • Risk Advisor and Storage Efficiency Advisor services

I always tell the Partners if they’re going to use Active IQ at the customer site, then the customer will be impressed and more informed. They will also be the trusted data advisor of the customer. To the sales consultant, it would be great if they could show the NetApp systems on the Active IQ mobile app and show the customers the Active IQ dashboard. Recommendation of alternate service-level options to optimize workload performance is also a huge plus.

Most of my Partners are very impressed, when they hear about the intelligence behind Active IQ like:

  • Each day, Active IQ receives telemetry data from more than 300,000 assets around the globe, adding to a multi-petabyte data lake that processes 10 trillion data points each month.
  • With a highly diverse installed base, Active IQ has a rich set of data for machine learning and predictive analytics, leading to deeper more advanced insights.
  • Active IQ turns these intelligent insights into prescriptive guidance that can reduce risk, increase data availability, and simplify management.

Active IQ demos are very powerful tool and the Partner loves it and Active IQ can make the difference to win a project against a competitor.

What’s new:

Active IQ Unified Manager

Active IQ provides context sensitive link and ability to launch to the Unified Manager instance to manage the on-premises ONTAP Systems.

Data Center View

Data Center view has been enhanced with automated interoperability validation providing remediation recommendation, and the ability to view hosts connected to a cluster.

Workload Tagging

Active IQ mobile application has been enhanced to display the workloads with their capacities and efficiencies that are tagged in the desktop version of Active IQ. The enhanced filter can now filter the workloads based on the tag types.

Active IQ OneCollect and Active IQ Config Advisor

Active IQ OneCollect and Active IQ Config Advisor have been enhanced with advanced search capabilities to search for AutoSupport data, and to view the host and storage configuration using Active IQ Cluster Viewer.

Storage Efficiency

Storage efficiency savings dashboard has been enhanced to include information about AFF and non-AFF systems at customer level.

Fabric Pool Advisor

This new advisor provides a summary of the inactive data and helps to tier the inactive data. The advisor also summarizes a list of the aggregates for which Inactive Data Reporting (IDR) is not enabled and provides recommendations to enable IDR.

API Services

Simplified the documentation to make it easier to understand and use the Active IQ APIs.

Config Compare

Config Compare has been updated with drift dashboard and instant comparison of systems and clusters.

Discovery Dashboard Enhancements

Discovery Dashboard has been enhanced to include additional fields like IO Density and Headroom. You can now export data to Microsoft Excel with filters applied, and watchlists with over 5,000 systems being routed to reports.

At NetApp Insight 2019 we were able to see the preview on how Active IQ will look like:

This upcoming release of Active IQ will include a redesigned and action-oriented interface, customizable dashboards, and improved integrations with Cloud Insights and Unified Manager. All customers with an active SupportEdge contract will be able to take advantage of this exciting new release.

So, stay tuned and make yourself familiar with Active IQ.

NetApp Global Instructor Summit 2019 at NetApp HQ, Sunnyvale

Let’s be honest, there may be something special when you’re a week out of the office. It’s either a vacation or something to do with business. The moment NetApp University nominated me to attend NetApp Global Instructor Summit was like unimaginable. It was a week of learning, networking and of course meeting new and old friends from my NetApp community.

It is my privilege working with an International team from USA, APAC and EMEA.  

What is GIS?

The annual Global Instructor Summit provides NetApp University (NetAppU), Authorized Learning Partners and NetApp Distributor Enablement Program pre-sales instructors with valuable information and resources. They will hear about the NetApp strategy, learn about current and planned courses, and have an opportunity to network with NetAppU experts and their peers in the industry. The 16th Year Anniversary of GIS which started with just NetApp University internal deliver teams and has since expanded to include our external delivery teams.

We were 88 attendees this year from NetApp University, Authorized Learning Partners and from Distribution like ALSO Schweiz AG.

The specific “Call to Action” of NetApp University for everyone attending were:

  • Innovate
    • Leverage what you learn this week to extend your skills with the latest capabilities.
    • Build your business with the new learning solutions (DevOps, AI, Cloud, Enterprise Apps)
  • Transform
    • Change the conversation.
    • Enhance the journey for your learners. Help them to transform and grow.
  • Evangelize
    • Share the knowledge you gained here with your Colleagues and Partners.
    • Share your success with us!

The goals of the event were:

  • Articulate NetApp and NetApp University’s FY’20 strategy, vision and priorities.
  • Provide a roadmap and insights on new products and solutions in preparation for training delivery
  • Boost internal and external trainer skills and expertise on current and new solutions
  • Develop a cohesive learning delivery eco-system
  • Empower networking and sharing of best practices across audiences
  • Increase trainer certifications

On the first morning, our very own NetApp leaders like Octavian Tanase, Senior VP, ONTAP Software and Systems Group – Henri Richard, WW Field and Customer Operations and Mattt Watts the Director, Technology and Strategy gave us some key news. I would like to emphasize what these motivated leaders shared.

Octavian Tanase spoke about the future of ONTAP and that simplicity is the future of ONTAP. He talked about what will be new with ONTAP 9.7 in November. So please stay tuned, right now it’s under NDA.

Henri Richard talked enthusiastically about Digital Experience. The new generation of buyers will be a different one in 2025 than today. He defined the new focus areas: AI / DevOps / Enterprise Apps (Core of our business, Oracle, SAP) and of course Cloud (being successful in the cloud is essential to NetApp).

As a matter of fact, NetApp HCI and the whole NetApp FLASH portfolio strongly supports the NetApp business.

Matt Watts talked how NetApp has changed from the “NAS guys” to be the Data Authority and then to the current philosophy: it’s your Data Fabric in the Hybrid- and Multicloud.

I love to listen to his stories. His speech was great as always, and covered mainly his two blog posts:

and

Which I can highly recommend, please take your time to read them.

For me it was most important to get the roadmap of NetApp and NetApp HCI and how NetApp is defining the future of their products and solutions. Simplicity is the goal, not only for ONTAP but also for other NetApp solutions. The result is NetApp HCI is simple, easy to scale with an incredible performance and reliability. Running different workloads is no problem on the NetApp HCI like VDI, Databases or Exchange because of Element OS and its Quality of Service. You can host multiple customers on your NetApp HCI, multitenancy is your friend. Make it simple, you don’t need all the features all the time. I liked when I heard “You don’t need a Ferrari to bring Grandma to church”. NetApp HCI is flexible and simple. Now we have Cloud Data Services on NetApp HCI: it is your Cloud, your way. With NetApp HCI you have your own on-premises Cloud, with optional connection to any of the three big Hyperscalers. NetApp HCI with NetApp Kubernetes Service and ONTAP Cloud Volumes Services is the new definition of HCI: Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure, as your Data Fabric.

Here are some statements and key take-aways from some attendees of the GIS 2019:

Brandi Einhorn, NetAppU about certification (NCCG NetApp Certification Goddess):

“Our NetApp Certification program has high standards. I am often asked; can you publish the weighting of each topic within a certification to help us better prepare or can you tell me all of the courses that will help me pass? My response is consistent – certifications are legally defensible validation that you can confidently represent NetApp in the field. To lower our standards would be to dilute the value. Courseware, industry knowledge and guides and presentations that you reference during real-life situations (applying your knowledge) will guarantee success. Just because you are not certified does not mean that you are not successfully doing your job, but PVUE has proven year after year that certified users are more likely to get promotions and salary increases.”

During her presentation Brandi also mentioned, what is essential for preparing for a certification exam is:

10% Industry / Common Knowledge

30% Courseware

60% Experience through: admin guides, presentation, manuals, etc.

6+ months of Training and Experience recommended

As someone who has twice attended an Item Development workshop, I know how much effort NetApp University and the team of Subject Matter Experts put into every certification.

Nando “The Brainwasher” Gorsatt, NetAppU:

“What amazed me most at GIS is to see the level of engagement of our disti-trainer-community!

The effort we’ve put in since 3-4 years really starts to show & pay off.

It is very rewarding to help our distributors on their journey to success as business enablers!”

Victor Franco, NetAppU:

“It is an exceptional opportunity to build community, and to learn from people all over the world. Finding how other people do stuff, helps me improve, also helps me feel part of a group rowing in the same direction.

I especially liked to hear the new messaging from our top guns and highest managers. It was truly a rare opportunity. Sessions helped me not only on acquiring knowledge, but also taking tips on how other people present and get their ideas through to the audience.

New disruptive technologies are already in the market.

There are companies for example using AI to process insurance claims, understand the attached documentation provided, match against the customer insurance, and generating automatic responses or payments. This translates into responding the customer in minutes rather than in days.

Also, those that have move to containers are able to spin at least 4 times more resources in the same hardware than with Virtual Machines. On top they add elasticity and granularity. If you translate this into cost savings, there is a huge difference.

Those companies not embracing these market disruptive technologies will really have a tough time remaining competitive.

NetApp makes this adoption really easy, allowing the customer select where in his Data Fabric he wants to place resources (on-prem, near cloud or cloud), as well as the consumption model he wants to use (hardware, virtual machines or containers).”

Pete Ybarra, NetApp A-Team Member: what was most important for you at GIS?

“Learning about NetApp direction on DevOps and Cloud. Meeting you finally and taking a picture with you for top instructor award. Roadmap presentations and NetApp direction on NetApp HCI”

Alun Griffiths, my fellow NetApp United Member: what was most important for you at GIS?

„This was my 1st NetApp Global Instructors Summit (GIS) and I have to say, it was a fantastic experience. I was able to meet old and make new friends. I learned a massive amount of knowledge in many different areas, plus I was also able to take some certification exams. As I sit and reflect on the wonderful week in Sunnyvale at the GIS, I can honestly say, that for me, it was well worth the investment of time and money to attend the event, and I sincerely hope I am invited next year.“

My personal highlight of the GIS is that I was awarded as the EMEA Top Distribution Instructor of the Year from NetApp University. Being passionate about everything you do will develop you to be a better you and give you an excitement when doing your job right.

To win this Award is a great honor and privilege, so thank you NetApp University and of course my NetApp Perfect Partners.

The photo shows Pete Ybarra, Sophie Mills and me.

What would I suggest, is to visit Cloud Central more often https://cloud.netapp.com

Know well at least one public cloud provider like Azure, AWS or Google Cloud and at least one NetApp Cloud Service, like NetApp SaaS Backup or Cloud Sync.

For each NetApp solution you will find Web Based Trainings (WBT’s) on

https://learningcenter.netapp.com

This is my main site to keep myself up to date with the NetApp portfolio.

The strength of NetApp is not one single product. It is a whole portfolio, how it works with each other and how you can connect it with all the big Hyperscales.  

Please use it and build YOUR own Data Fabric.

All the best,

Stefan

Eine unterhaltsame NetApp Prüfung! NetApp Certified Technology Associate

Am 16. Juli 2019 habe ich das neue Examen NS0-002 abgelegt. Da dies für den PS Status der ALSO Schweiz beim Hersteller NetApp erforderlich ist.

Die neue Prüfung zum NetApp Certified Technology Associate hat mir gezeigt, wie unterhaltsam ein Examen sein kann. Warum unterhaltsam? Diese Prüfung enthält verschiedene gut geschriebene Fragen, die das gesamte NetApp Portfolio abdecken, sowie einige generelle Fragen zu Virtualisierung, Netzwerk und Cloud. Man kann nicht alles wissen, von daher keine Angst vor dem einen oder anderen Fehler.

Wenn Ihr bereits einige NetApp Prüfungen in der Vergangenheit absolviert habt und über die NetApp Cloud Data Services und über NetApp Kubernetes Service Bescheid wisst, dann kann kaum noch etwas schief gehen.

Falls Ihr noch nicht NetApp Certified seid, wird diese Prüfung ein ziemlich guter Start für Euch in die NetApp Welt sein. Für diejenigen, die bereits NetApp Certified sind, bitte beachtet, dass diese neue Prüfung im Geschäftsjahr 2020 für den jeweiligen Professional Services Certified Status für alle NetApp Partner obligatorisch ist. Dies war auch der Hauptgrund für mich, warum ich die Prüfung abgelegt habe.

Wie kann man sich auf dieses Examen vorbereiten?

Die Vorbereitung auf eine Prüfung kann stressig und zeitaufwendig sein. Aber das muss nicht sein, hier noch einige Tipps für Eure Vorbereitung.

Möchten Ihr wissen, wie NetApp ein neues Examen erstellt, dann nehmt Euch bitte kurz Zeit, um meinen Blog darüber zu lesen: https://blog.netapp.com/behind-the-scenes-building-a-netapp-certification-exam/

Startet jetzt mit der NetApp Zertifizierung und schafft einen Mehrwert für unsere Kunden, Arbeitgeber und natürlich für Euch selbst. Hört nie auf zu lernen und probiert etwas Neues aus, es tut nicht weh.

Ich wünsche Euch nun alles Gute für die Prüfung.

Stefan

An enjoyable NetApp Exam! NetApp Certified Technology Associate

On July 16th 2019 the day I took the NS0-002 exam which’s required for ALSO Schweiz to be completed for the NetApp Professional Service program.

The new NetApp Certified Technology Associate exam made me realize how enjoyable it was, enjoyable in a sense that you’re not fearful of a mistake. This exam has various questions that are well written and covered the whole NetApp portfolio, as well as some general questions about Hypervisors, Networking and Cloud.

If you have already done some NetApp exams in the past and you know about the NetApp Cloud Data Services and NetApp Kubernetes Service then you are all set.

In case you are not already NetApp Certified yet, this exam will be a pretty good start for you.

For those who are already NetApp Certified please keep in mind that this new exam is mandatory in FY20 for all NetApp Partners who are Professional Services Certified, which is the main reason why I took the exam.

How to prepare for an exam?

Preparing for an exam can be stressing and time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Remember: You’ve got this!

  • You should have a good understanding about the NetApp portfolio especially NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and NetApp Cloud Volumes Service.
  • When you know a little bit about Kubernetes, this will also help you in the exam.
  • The following link will help you to get some tips from NetApp University to prepare yourself for the NS0-002 exam: https://www.netapp.com/us/services-support/university/certification/ncsa-hc.aspx

Would you like to know how NetApp builds a new exam, then please take a moment to read my blog here:

https://blog.netapp.com/behind-the-scenes-building-a-netapp-certification-exam/

Let’s get NetApp Certified and create more value for our customers, employers and yourselves.

Never stop learning and always try something new, it doesn’t hurt.

I wish you all the best for the exam.

Stefan

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