The NetApp A-Team: On Tap to Set the Record Straight

Like-minded and outspoken in their passion for all things NetApp, the NetApp A-Team members leverage social media to tell their stories – what worked, what didn’t, what they like, and what they think NetApp and other IT vendors can be doing better.


They also share their day-to-day hands-on product experiences with NetApp executives and subject matter experts, and this candid feedback helps shape decisions made regarding NetApp’s product roadmap.

 

Why do the members of the A-Team advocate for NetApp?

Nobody explains it better than they do.
 

 

The Top 12 Reasons the A-Team Has Serious Cred in the Data Center
We know the A-Team thinks NetApp is cool, but here’s why NetApp gives them the time of day:

 

  1. There's more than 150 years of NetApp experience among team members.
  2. They've completed 100+ FlexPod and clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) installs, and they can migrate data from 7-mode to cDOT in their sleep.
  3. They no longer use banned terms like “NetApps”, “filers”, and “c-mode”.
  4. When out for breakfast, they (mostly Glenn D.) can't order waffles without thinking about NVRAM and Kahuna, and they don’t take coffee into the data center.
  5. They've earned countless numbers of certifications from NetApp, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, and other industry leaders. (Pete Y. makes sure they pass!)
  6. The team owns and supports more than a dozen technical blogs with posts covering data storage and other related topics.
  7. Most of them have home labs featuring the latest and greatest products, gadgets, and media.
  8. They ALL (especially Ryan, Michael C., and Chris) have serious OCD when it comes to cabling.
  9. There's an unusually high number of craft beer brewers on the team (Ryan claims he's the best, yet to be proven), and all of the members have an unlimited capacity to consume said beer (ahh, the Euros and our Australian - Ed, Michael C., Dave B., Atanas, Jacint, and Will - have the prize here).
  10. Many of them (Jarett and Jesse) possess mad skills at the foosball table.
  11. Some of them have an unparalleled ability to rock a woman's dress (you know who you are, Ed), and several most of them have movie star qualities (Adam, Ryan, Sean, Mike B., Trey...).
  12. All partake in the random, casual deletion of files because they KNOW they can get them back instantly.

Meet the NetApp A-Team
Get to know the members of the A-Team. Look for expanded bios in upcoming blog posts right here on NetApp’s Community. In the meantime, follow them on Twitter, check out their blogs, and share what's on your mind.

 

A-Team Members


anderson blog.jpgJesse Anderson is a Network Administrator at Accenture in Tallahassee, FL. Jesse is also a Cisco Champion.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sockeyes51

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/jessecanderson

Blog:  www.storagedeconstructed.com

 

 

Dan_b.pngDan Barber is a Datacenter Solutions Architect at Netech Corp in Carmel, IN.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dancbarber
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dbthree
Blog: www.datacenterdan.com

 

 

Ryan Beaty_061915 R3.jpgRyan Beaty is a Infrastructure Practice Manager at Zumasys in Irvine, CA.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rnbeaty

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rbeaty

Blog:  www.zumasys.com/author/ryanb

 

 

Jonathan Beverley blog.pngJonathan Beverley is a Field Solutions Architect at CDW in Washington, DC.
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MrBeverley
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbeverley

 

 

 

bergh blog.jpegAdam Bergh is Data Center Practice Lead at Netech Corp in Madison, WI.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ajbergh

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/adambergh

Blog:  www.thepartlycloudyblog.com

 


brown blog 2.jpgDave Brown is a Senior IT Consultant at EACS Limited in Northants, UK.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/davebrown1969

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/david-brown/1/545/63b 

Blog:  www.dbtechblog.weebly.com

 

 
burris blog final.jpgMike Burris is a Senior Storage Engineer at Sungard Availability Services in San Antonio, TX.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/harleyguytx

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-burris/2/b87/868

 

 

 
cade blog.jpgMichael Cade is a Systems Engineer at Veeam Software in West Berkshire, UK. Michael is also a Cisco Champion.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MichaelCade1 

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcade1

Blog:  www.vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog.html

 

 
davis blog 2.jpgTrey Davis is a Senior Datacenter Technologies Consultant for iVision in Atlanta, GA. Trey is also a NetApp SEAL.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ntap_seal

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/trey-davis/9/12b/54a

Blogs:  www.netappseal.com/ www.ivision.com/blog/

 

 

dekhayser blog.jpgGlenn Dekhayser is a Practice Lead in the Office of the CTO at Red8 in New York City, NY.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/gdekhayser

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/gdekhayser

Blog:  www.thedatamachine.com/

 

 

Scott Gelb_blog.jpgScott Gelb is a Consulting Engineer at Red8 in Costa Mesa, CA.
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/scottygelb
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/scott-gelb/0/439/b32

 

 


kulm blog.jpegJarett Kulm is a Principal Technologist at H.A. Storage Systems in Audubon, PA. Jarett is also a Cisco Champion.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JK47theweapon

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/jarett-kulm/41/926/359 

Blog:  www.jk-47.com

 

 

lieu blog 2.jpg

Shawn Lieu is a Solutions Architect at Veeam Software in Alpharetta, GA. Shawn is also a Cisco Champion and a VMware vExpert.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ShawnLieu

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/shawn-lieu/85/905/919

Webcast:  http://livestream.com/veeamlive

 

 

luce blog 2.jpgSean Luce is a Senior Technical Consultant at Open Systems Technologies (OST) in Grand Rapids, MI.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/seanluce

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/seanluce
Blog:  www.seanluce.com

 

 

maki blog.jpgChris Maki is a Solutions Architect at Scalar Decisions in Vancouver, BC.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ChrisMaki

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/chrismmaki
Blog:  www.blog.iops.ca

 

 

Morera 2 use for blog.jpgDave Morera is a Senior Solutions Architect at H.A. Storage Systems in Audubon, PA. Dave is also a Cisco Champion and a VMware vExpert.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GreatWhiteTec

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/GreatWhiteTec

Blog:  www.greatwhitetec.com

 

 

morgan blog.jpegEd Morgan is a Converged Infrastructure Consultant at ANS Group in London, UK. Ed is also a Cisco Champion and a VMware vExpert.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mo6020

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/edwardmorgan 

Blog:  www.datacenterdude.com/author/edmorgan/

 

 
prezhdarov blog.jpgAtanas Prezhdarov is a Senior Storage & Virtualization Consultant at Vohkus in Camberley, UK. 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/prezhdarov

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/prezhdarov

 

 

 
35a8d0d.jpgTaylor Riggan is a Senior Data Center Solutions Engineer at Byteworks LLC in Atlanta, GA.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/triggan
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/triggan

 

 


Will R from LI.jpgWill Robinson is a Senior Network Engineer at Cube Networks in Melbourne, AU.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OzNetNerd

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/willrobinsonconsultant 

Blog:  www.oznetnerd.com/

 

 

Paul Stringfellow A-Team Post.jpegPaul Stringfellow is a Technical Director at Gardner Systems in Liverpool, England.
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/techstringy
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-stringfellow/4/b01/7ab
Blog:  https://techstringy.wordpress.com/

 

 
ybarra blog.jpgPete Ybarra is a NetApp Field Technical Consultant at Avnet US in Chicago, IL.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CertiPete

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/pete-ybarra/1/855/a00

Webcast:  www.avnetproseries.com

 

 

NetApp Technical Advisors to the A-Team

 

 

Pete Flecha Blog.jpgPete Flecha is a Technical Marketing Engineer, VMware at NetApp in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vPedroArrow
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/peter-flecha/14/36a/b06          

Blog: http://pedroarrow.com/

Podcast:  https://soundcloud.com/techontap_podcast

 

jacint blog.jpgJacint Juhasz is a Systems Engineer at NetApp in Budapest, HU. Jacint is also a Cisco Champion.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jac1nt

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/jacint-juhasz/17/224/562

Blog:  http://b.yyaazz.hu/

 

 

Melissa Palmer blog.JPGMelissa Palmer is a Technical Marketing Engineer for FlexPod at NetApp in Edison, NJ. Melissa is also a Cisco Champion and a VMware vExpert.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/vmiss33

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-palmer/1/816/a0b 

Blog:  www.vmiss.net/

 

 
Justin Parisi_062415 blog.jpgJustin Parisi is a Technical Marketing Engineer for NFS at NetApp in Research Triangle Park, NC. Justin is also a Cisco Champion and a VMware vExpert.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/nfsdudeabides

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/jmparisi

Blogs:  www.whyistheinternetbroken.com/ and www.datacenterdude.com/author/jparisi/

 

 

4011.glenn1_78E449F0.jpg

Glenn Sizemore is a Technical Marketing Engineer for FlexPod at NetApp in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/glnsize
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/glenn-sizemore/29/b53/9b2

Podcast:  https://soundcloud.com/techontap_podcast

 

 

Tim Waldron Blog.jpgTim Waldron is a Strategic Technical Marketing Manager at NetApp in Charleston, South Carolina.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/timwaldron

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-waldron/2/784/21b

Blog:  http://www.cloudfabriek.com/blog

 

Comments
Occasional Contributor
New Contributor
Wow, I just saw this page for the first time. Excellent video. Outstanding individuals. Next steps: 1. Follow all of the A-Team members on social media 2. Make sure I get invited to their next Sunnyvale visit; including food and drink related events (#craftbeer, #chill #storagegeeks) 3. Make sure to connect at Insight in Vegas and Berlin (one beer of your choice mates, and they're on me) #NetAppAteam John
New Contributor

Thanks for the great comment, @loiacono, really appreciate it! You can count on them following you back, AND on taking you up on your beverage offer at Insight. That's a no-brainer. ;-) And you'll always be on the dance card for Sunnyvale EBC visits. See you in Vegas (and Berlin)! -Sam