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Thoughts on Education.

I was thinking about education today. The ‘modern’ education system in America. How much it misses the mark in bringing out something special in those whom are our futures. Thinking about how I want my children to learn. I reflected back upon my own experiences, in many different schools across the country.

Some random thoughts on the topic…

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Netapp Innovation Awards 2016 – Shanghai FESCO Cloud: Scaling China’s Startup Businesses Human Resources

All around the world, storage geeks, management, and analysts are gearing up for Netapp Insight 2016. In just a few short weeks, Las Vegas NV (Sept. 26-29, 2016), and Berlin Germany (Nov. 14-17, 2016) will be painted blue in lights, and the sound of shoes adorned with snazzy red SolidFire socks will be on their way to the first session. The halls will be rumbling with thousands of conversations about Data Fabric, Non-disruptive Operations, All Flash FAS, and of course the Cloud.

Insight is also when Netapp announces the winner of their Innovation Award! While the many thousands of customers are all doing amazing projects, the Innovation Award nominees were selected by a panel of Netapp engineers and executives for undertaking endeavors this year which go above and beyond in terms of creativity and use of technology. The key categories for judging were Flexibility, Business Results, and Simplicity. Though each of the 4 companies were vastly different, the trend among them all was Flash!

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BSidesLV & DEFCON Conference Tips ** UPDATED 2016! **

Often before conferences, I tend to make a post for first timers. I never created one for BSidesLV or DEFCON before.

These are just my experiences and recommendations.

Do your own thing! Make the conference about what YOU want it to be about!

(That was tip #1)

I’ll be adding to this often as my brain remembers stuff.

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Storage Field Day 8 – Here I come! #SFD8

It is a great honor that I get to announce today! The awesome crew at Tech Field Day have invited me back for another round! A special thanks to Stephen @SFoskett for the consideration once again, and “delegate wrangler” Claire for making sure everything runs smoothly.

It is an amazing experience being able to sit with great minds of the storage industry, listening to and talking about the future of the storage market.

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Netapp: The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

Now, we have all seen the blog posts, the Register article, the StorageMojo article, the anti-NetApp’ers on Twitter. Calling NetApp a one-trick pony or that they have not innovated or they are almost dead.

When you look at NetApp’s Data Fabric vision, the NaySayers couldn’t be more wrong!

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An idea for File Integrity Monitoring a powered off View Gold Template

Today I had an interesting question posed to me by a customer.

“What’s a way we can verify file integrity compliance of our VMware View gold image, at regular intervals, WITHOUT powering it on? Because powering it on would force us to recompose all VMs once it’s powered down again”

In order to verity file integrity of a VM, there will need to be a file integrity check at some point in time. [PCI DSS 11.5] This is not a point in doubt. The question arose regarding regular scheduled checks on file integrity, at a pre-set interval. That’s the key. They need to ensure it weekly or monthly.

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Netapp AltaVault – Speeding up, Cutting costs, and Cloudify your backups

Riverbed Whitewater. Riverbed Steelstore. It’s bigger. It’s updated. It’s been supercharged! It’s the Netapp AltaVault! Learn how this can cloudify your backups, and reduce costs too!

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A look at Netapp’s NDMP Cloud Extension Software (NCE)

Hey, you got a small Netapp? Hey, ya wanna do some backups to Amazon S3 or a compatible object storage system (aka Netapp StorageGrid Webscale)? NCE is for you!

The official blurb on it:

NDMP Cloud Extension Software (NCE) is a host-based utility that transfers data between Data ONTAP® storage systems and the Amazon® Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) cloud. You can transfer data to Amazon S3 by using the ndmpcopy command. The ndmpcopy command is executed from a Linux host, which communicates with the storage system to transfer data to Amazon S3. Data transfer is supported at the volume, qtree, directory, or file level.

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A rough outline on a possible BSidesLV 2015 talk

I want to do a session at this years BSidesLV security. This is my rough outline I just threw together of what I would want to cover.

Any comments? Critiques? Please tweet at me. @jk47theweapon

Introduction to Storage Network Security

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Migrating From a UCS FI6248 to Mini 6324

I have the luxury of working for the most awesomest storage and Cisco VAR in the world, as their Principal Technologist. We have a few different groups of engineers. Our networking team staked claim on the existing UCS and FI6248 Fabric Interconnects that we have in our lab for break/fix testing.

This meant that our demo and test VMware environment needed a new home. We really didn’t NEED another full set of big daddy FI’s in the lab, and the big boss didn’t want to buy another full set of FI6248s. We simply need a test environment for me to give classes with, that’ll support up to 600 VMs. A UCS Mini was perfect. This is how I got passed the hurdle of migrating the configuration from a FI6248 to FI6324.

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