NetApp with Alim Karim and Dean Hildebrand
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Jon Foust joins Mark Mirchandani this week as we meet up with Alim Karim from NetApp and Technical Director in OCTO Dean Hildebrand of Google. NetApp has been in data management for 20 years, focusing on providing on-prem, high-performance storage solutions for large industry clients. Their recent partnership with Google Cloud has allowed them to expand their services, offering the same great data management and storage in the cloud.

Dean and Alim elaborate on the best uses for NetApp, explaining that lifting and shifting an existing project to the cloud is only one way NetApp can be useful. New projects can be built right in Google Cloud with NetApp as well. Our guests discuss the other pros of the NetApp service, including faster data retrieval, better monitoring, and predictability. We also talk about how NetApp takes customer feedback into consideration to make sure their service is the best it can be for every client. What’s in store for the future of NetApp? Listen in to find out!

Alim Karim

Alim Karim is a Product Manager in the Cloud Data Services BU at NetApp. He started his career as a software developer and joined NetApp in 2011. At NetApp Alim has held several customer-facing positions and is passionate about solving business problems with technology. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Queen’s University.

Dean Hildebrand

Dean Hildebrand is a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO (OCTO) at Google Cloud focusing on enterprise and HPC storage systems. He has authored over 100 scientific publications and patents, and been the technical program chair and sat on the program committee of numerous conferences. He received a B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and M.S. and PhD. degrees in computer science from the University of Michigan in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

Cool things of the week
  • Google Cloud Game Servers site
  • VMware Cloud Foundation comes to Google Cloud blog
  • Using GCP NuGet Packages in Unity article
  • NetApp on Google Cloud site
  • Cloud Volumes Service site
  • BigQuery site
  • TensorFlow site
  • Google Cloud Storage site
  • Anthos site
Question of the week

How do I authenticate my Google Kubernetes Engine cluster in a CI/CD pipeline?

Where can you find us next?

Our guests will be at Google Cloud Summit Seattle and Next London.

Jon will be at PAX Dev, doing some Google Game stuff in Sunnyvale, and taking some personal time to travel to Montreal.

After Austin, Mark will be staying local to work on some stuff, and he’s about to launch the next few episodes of Stack Doctor.

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