Using the NetApp Docker Volume Plugin with SolidFire storage

In this blog I will explain how to configure and use the NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP) with SolidFire storage. To get up and running follow these three main steps: Install the nDVP binary on your container host Create a config json file Create and manage volumes from Docker and if it doesn’t work, check Troubleshooting :-) [1] Install the nDVP binary on your container host Install the nDVP software (a single binary) on your container host.

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Installing the NetApp Docker Volume Plugin on CoreOS

In this blog I will provide the steps to install the NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP) on CoreOS manually and automatically with cloud-config. First, some introductions: NetApp Docker Volume Plugin (nDVP): Provides direct integration with the Docker ecosystem for NetApp storage including ONTAP, E-Series, and SolidFire. The nDVP allows for Docker integrated storage management including provisioning/deprovisioning, attaching/detaching, and cloning of NetApp storage. The nDVP software (a single binary) must be installed on the container host and reads its configuration from a JSON formatted config file when it is started.

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Docker Swarm on Container Lab demo

If you used Using CentOS 7, KVM, and CoreOS to build a container lab and have a KVM host or two ready to go here is your first project: Docker Swarm. In this 3 minute long screencast we will: Build three CoreOS container hosts Create a 3 node swarm (1 manager, 2 workers) on them Create a web app with 3 replicas Verify we can access the web app and it is load balanced by Swarm Scale up to 15 replicas Simulate failures by destroying the 2 worker nodes and verify the web app stays up Remove the last node as final clean up The ascii screencast has no audio but allows copy/paste.

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Using CentOS 7, KVM, and CoreOS to build a container lab

Containers are the next big thing. Bigger than Virtual Machines. No question about it. To learn about containers, Docker is the logical place to start. Docker Machine provides a Docker engine based environment that is point and click simple for your PC. It’s awesome. This is your first stop to get a taste. Soon you’ll want more. Lots more. Your list of ‘things to check out’ will start to grow:

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Announcing NetApp Harvest 1.3

I am pleased to announce that NetApp Harvest v1.3 is now available on the NetApp Support Toolchest! This feature release includes lots of new counters, dashboard panels, and of course, bug fixes. Major new features in version 1.3: Support for ONTAP 9.0 and 9.1 Support for OnCommand Unified Manager 6.4, 7.0, 7.1 Updated dashboards that leverage Grafana 3.x features New counters and dashboard panels: MetroCluster (FCVI) Backend disk/tape adapters NFS v4 and NFS v4.

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PiBakery to the rescue!

Together with my colleague Clemens Siebler we were preparing for an upcoming Hacker’s night night we’ll run at NetApp Insight Berlin. We have a challenge for participants that includes a few different bits of tech, including some Raspberry Pis. I volunteered to handle the Pis; hardware and software is my task. Prototyping on one Pi I got everything working as wanted. But for the event, one Pi isn’t enough. Okay, 30 Raspberry PIs.

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You're invited....NetApp Insight 2016 Session scheduling is open!

This year at NetApp Insight I’ll be presenting three sessions and want to pack the house so please join me! 62051-2 - Open Source Monitoring Using Harvest, Graphite and Grafana This one is brand new, and I’ll cover the solution, custom counter collection templates and more. So if interested in Harvest/Graphite/Grafana don’t miss it! Schedule it: [Las Vegas, Berlin] 59851-2 - Monitoring Performance Using NetApp OnCommand Performance Manager and API Extensions I’m lending a hand to Dhiman (primary presenter) because I’ve delved into the APIs a bit with Harvest and can share my experiences.

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Optimizing Azure ExpressRoute with NetApp Private Storage

Not too long ago NetApp, Microsoft, and Interxion came together to sponsor a hybrid cloud lab with NetApp Private storage for Azure nearby my office in Amsterdam. When someone was needed to set this up I jumped at the chance! For those unaware of the solution, the basic premise is to use the Hyperscaler providers for elastic compute while maintaining ownership of the data and gaining the rich data management features of NetApp.

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Awesome performance scaling with NetApp Clustered DATA ONTAP

I just got back from NetApp Insight 2015 in Berlin and what a time it was! One highlight for me was seeing the power of NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP scaling a database workload from 22k IOPs on a Hybrid array all the way up to 1.2 Million IOPs on an all flash one with no disruption, while at the same time maintaining hundreds of snapshots and clones. Wow. What other storage system on the planet can do that?

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Grafana 2.5 support with NetApp Harvest

UPDATE (11-Nov-2016): Grafana 3.1.1 support is available with NetApp Harvest v1.3. Download NetApp Harvest v1.3 from the NetApp Support Toolchest. If you must use Harvest 1.2.2 and desire dashboard updates keep reading this blog entry. Recently Grafana released v2.5 with a host of new features:

Included in this major release was some additional error checking on singlestat dashboards to ensure only one metric series was passed; previously multiple were allowed and it would just display the first one (see Issue 2745 if interested).

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