My @NetappInsightUS 2014 Tentative Schedule & Tips!

I’ll have an action packed week coming up in October at Netapp Insight @NetappInsightUS, followed up a trip to Sunnyvale for the Storage Field Day 6 #SFD6 where I will be a delegate.

Here is my tentative list of sessions and #NetappATeam events I’ll be attending!  There’s still time to sign up if you are interested! Sigma Derby

If you can’t find me at the sessions below, you can find me at the Sigma Derby machine in the MGM Casino!

Of all the topics, StorageGRID is one of products I am most excited to learn about.  I have many customers with millions or more files, and this is the direction I feel they should be headed in!
NS0-504 EXAM — NS0-504 EXAM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM
CR-2-1991-TT — Clustered Data ONTAP Maximums and Common Misconfigurations 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Room 118
LU-MLV1 — Monday Lunch – Las Vegas 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Marquee Ballroom
LAB-1003 — Hands-On Lab – 1 Hour Reservation – Monday Session 3 1:00 PM 2:00 PM HOL Area in Insight
VI-2-2240-TT — VMware Virtual Volumes: The New VMware Architecture for VM Granular Policy-Based Management and Software-Defined Storage 2:15 PM 3:15 PM Room 313
PL-2-1924-TT — StorageGRID Webscale Technical Deep Dive 3:45 PM 4:45 PM Room 302
EV-MLV1 — Pre-Award Ceremony Reception 4:45 PM 5:30 PM Grand Garden Aren
GS-MLV2 — Tech Team Awards Ceremony and General Session – Las Vegas 5:30 PM 6:30 PM Grand Garden Arena
EV-MLV3 — Insight Welcome Reception – Las Vegas 6:30 PM 8:00 PM MGM Conference C
BF-TLV — Breakfast – Las Vegas Tuesday 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Grand Garden Aren
GS-1-LV — Opening General Session – Las Vegas 9:00 AM 10:30 AM Grand Garden Aren
II-4-2171 — VDI on FlexPod Configuration Best Practices for Clustered Data ONTAP, Cisco UCS, and Nexus Switches 11:15 AM 1:30 PM Room 107
MS-4-2209 — Advanced NetApp Storage Management with Windows PowerShell 1:45 PM 2:45 PM Room 304
TR-3-1788-TT — Online SnapMirror SAN Transition to Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 with WFA 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Studio 1
#NetappATeam Tweetup – 7:00 PM 8:00 PM – Insight Vegas Social Media Lounge
EV-TLV — Sponsor Networking Reception in Expo – Las Vegas 6:45 PM 8:15 PM Marquee Ballroom
GS-2-LV — Wednesday General Session – Las Vegas 9:00 AM 10:30 AM Grand Garden Aren
II-3-1993 — Delivering FlexPod Secure Multi-tenancy Using UCS Director 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Room 116
VI-3-2213 — Migrating Your VMs with MAT4Shift 12:15 PM 1:15 PM Room 110
TR-3-1950-TT — Advanced Performance Sizing with System Performance Modeler (SPM) 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Studio 6
TR-3-2124-TT — Identifying Storage System Bottlenecks with Perfstat 2:45 PM 3:45 PM Studio 1
MG-3-2083 — Workflow Automation: Free Yourself from Those Mundane Tasks 4:15 PM 5:15 PM Room 305
PL-3-3103 — A Deep Dive Into Object Storage 5:30 PM 6:30 PM Room 312
#NetappATeam Tweetup – 7:00 PM 8:00 PM – Insight Vegas Social Media Lounge
EV-WLV — NetApp Annual Conference Appreciation Event – Las Vegas 7:30 PM 10:30 PM Hakkasan Nightclub
GS-3-LV — Closing General Session – Las Vegas 9:00 AM 10:30 AM Grand Garden Aren
II-4-1966 — FlexPod Deep Dive 11:00 AM 12:00 PM Room 306
LU-THLV1 — Thursday 12:15 Lunch -Las Vegas 12:15 PM 1:15 PM Marquee Ballroom
VI-3-2236 — NetApp Best Practices for vSphere Part 3b: Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins of VMware Storage Networking, Part 2, Advanced 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Room 305
II-3-1971 — Security on FlexPod Datacenter 2:45 PM 3:45 PM Room 314

My Vegas Conference Attendee tips and recommendations:

Food: (The best are off the strip)
* Mint Indian Bistro, 730 E Flamingo (Try their Kabuli naan)  Taxi/car from MGM
* Lotus of Siam, 953 E Sahara   Taxi/car from MGM
* Oyster Bar in Harrahs (Awesome Pasta with Scallops, and oyster shooters) Monorail
* Shibuya in the MGM is pretty good sushi.
* Theres a Krispy Kreme across the street at Excalibur.

To do:
* Pinball Museum Taxi/car from MGM
* Atomic Testing Museum Taxi/car from MGM – Across the Street from Mint
* Dueling Pianos at Harrahs Monorail – 9pm almost every night. Best when the Twins are there playing  (They have karaoke 7-9pm in the same bar)
* Mob Museum   Taxi/car from MGM
* Stratosphere Thrill Rides on top of the tower   Taxi/car from MGM

Best shows:
* Absinthe (very very very crude humor) At Caesars in the tent out front. Monorail to Ballys, walk across street
* Ka At MGM

Handy links/Tips:

* LV Monorail:   you can pre-buy your tickets or just get them there per ride or per 24h. ( Id recommend a 3day pass if you come
* You can check into the MGM at the Airport.
* Don’t Get tunneled by a taxi driver from the Airport (it’s illegal because it ads 15$ to the bill) They have to ask if you want to take the tunnel. To MG say no.  Taxi should be ~$18-25 to MGM depending on traffic.
* You can take a $8oneway/$15 round trip shuttle from the airport, takes a bit longer.  But cheaper.
* McDonalds in MGM food court is 24×7, and some of the cheapest drink prices in the hotel.
* Safes in MGM typically can’t hold a 15” laptop.
* Best buffet:  Wynn (most expensive), Paris Hotel’s is good as well.
* For those from the UK, where all cars are about the size of a toaster, you can drive some race cars at the Speedway.
* The best casino game to play at the MGM late at night when you are drunk is Sigma Derby:


The #1 Best Kept Secret in all of Vegas??  FRANKIES TIKI ROOM!!!  I’ll be there Sunday the 26th in the evening for an Unofficial #NTAPinsight / #NetappATeam meetup!  Catch a cab and Come on out!

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