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Last week, I received a lot of attention on social media (more than 50,000 views) when I posted about how to run oil and gas applications on LinkedIn. Now maybe it was the beautiful dual-screens that grabbed everyone’s attention, or maybe it was the fact that we were replacing expensive workstations with something more simple, more secure, and frankly, much more exciting!

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In my line of work, I spend most of my time talking to customers. And as a long-time NetApp fanboy, a lot of that time is spent talking up NetApp solutions. However, while I’m always a bit partial to NetApp, my team and I do our due diligence and examine other options. In this case, we were comparing Veeam Backup on NetApp AltaVault vs. an AWS Gateway (as well as the Virtual Tape Library, or VTL, option) to replace a customer’s existing tape solution.

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This week on the podcast, we welcome NetApp Technical Marketing Engineer Karthikeyan Nagalingam to discuss Big Data solutions like Hadoop, Spark and NoSQL and how they fit into the NetApp portfolio. We also talk Big Data 101 – what it is, how it’s used and how it’s best implemented.

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As a developer and automation architect, I’ve worked on many exciting automation projects over the last six years. One of my first automation projects required designing a self-service portal for Oracle administrators and developers to provision and manage the Oracle Test/Dev as a service on NetApp arrays. The result was a self-sustaining portal that ran for nearly four years before anyone had to touch the storage – and that was only because of the migration from 7-mode to ONTAP. Even now, when shelves and controllers are added, the automation instantly recognizes the space and handles the allocation.

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Just before the Christmas holiday, NetApp delivered a very special, open source, present: Trident, a storage orchestrator which integrates with Kubernetes for dynamic provisioning of persistent volumes.  Trident is configured to manage one or more storage systems while providing a provisioner for persistent volumes in Kubernetes, natively giving the ability for applications to consume the storage that they need, when they need it, and where they need it.  Additionally, Trident has a REST interface for any application to consume capacity on demand.

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