Tech Talk Series: How DevOps and Automation Can Accelerate Warfighting Readiness


Tech Talk Series: How DevOps and Automation Can Accelerate Warfighting Readiness

Date: June 19, 2019 | 10am - 2pm | Location: DreamPort Facility in Columbia MD


"Speed is life," not only in warfighting operations, but in IT Defensive and Offensive Cyber Operations that are geared to increase battlefield lethality in an increasingly contested battlespace. Achieving speed, innovation, and risk management with traditional processes cannot keep up with our adversaries and meet the needs of today's networked warfighter. NetApp is an IT enabler and accelerator for DevOps for the entire Federal Government including the DoD and IC. Come hear NetApp's own DevOps journey and lessons learned and see how NetApp has equipped large enterprises to change fast and manage risk, with its deep integration with DevOps tools. In this interactive demonstration and discussion, NetApp will guide conversation towards a DevSecOps vision that can be realized immediately with capabilities that are available today to Defense Department developers.

We would begin by discussing NetApp's own personal journey along with a few other DevOps use cases from our customers. We would provide lunch and then take a little deeper dive through the early afternoon. Experts will be onsite after the event to talk more with any customers interested in follow-ups to what they heard.


  • Share NetApp's perspectives on DevOps and Automation – the opportunities and challenges
    • This would be a personal perspective based on NetApp's on DX journey
    • Context:
      • NetApp's story is unique, we are the only vendor that has openly and publicly talked about the BX/DX imperative and how we've gone about this
  • Discuss the creation of a vision for DISA/USCC/DoD/IC through the process of talking about "possible futures" for transforming to a DevSecOps culture


  • Start the process of drafting a DevSecOps vision
  • Identify one of more starting points for kick starting use cases to support this vision


  • Leveraging existing investments in infrastructure – identify opportunities to innovate in place (We have the largest storage install base in the DoD, USCC and the Agency.)
  • Using "experience" as a framework to define requirements


  • NetApp's DX Story and DevOps Imperative
    • The context for change – Internal and External
    • Development as a Mission Critical perspective
    • NetApp's Journey and shared experience
    • Frameworks for DevOps, Infrastructure Consumption and defining requirements
  • Use Cases:
    • Containers – the power and the peril. Technologies to get you there.
      • Trident and OpenShift (K8S)
    • CI/CD with Jenkins – a use case in developer productivity
      • SCM and Container-based example with ONTAP
    • Collaboration – addressing the challenge of distributed development, collaboration and deployment
      • Artifactory and Object Storage
    • Automation – Ansible Modules, Roles and Playbooks for speed and simplicity
    • There are two potential others
      • Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud for DevOps
    • Security – Discussed across all aspects of the conversation
  • Open discussion:
    • What resonates?
    • Where/How to start?
  • Closing
    • Next steps
    • Follow up with smaller group Q&A with the onsite SME's we have

About NetApp

NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. NetApp is the #1 provider of storage and data management solutions to the Federal Government, DoD, USCC and the MPO. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to increase mission success, foster greater innovation and optimize their operations. Learn more.

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Lawrence Bunka is a Senior Product Manager, DevOps & Automation for NetApp. Larry is a 20+ year veteran of the IT industry. During this time he has worked with organizations of all sizes all over the world helping them develop and execute business and IT strategies to achieve their visions. Larry manages NetApp's technical portfolio for both DevOps and Automation. Larry's programs are central to NetApp's strategies for enabling our customers' development and business agility goals. Larry is works for NetApp in Sunnyvale, California. LinkedIn

Laurent Nicolas is a Principal Software Engineer at NetApp. He is responsible for improving developer workflows and productivity by providing tools and solutions, with a focus on Continuous Integration and Efficiency. He has been involved with code reviews, unit testing, static analysis, integration with SCM and bug tracking, and workflow optimizations. More recently, Laurent has been working on the LLVM toolchain, integration issues with Atlassian tools, security initiatives, and DevOps workflows, supporting public and private clouds. He has over 34 years of software development and test experience focusing on best practices, software quality, and SDLC at IBM France, Cisco, and NetApp. He enjoys writing code in almost any language. Laurent received a degree of Engineer of Ecole Polytechnique, France. LinkedIn

David Blackwell is a Technical Engineer for NetApp. David is a twenty year IT veteran who has been an admin for just about every aspect of a DataCenter at one time or another. When not working, or tinkering with new software at home, David spends most of his free with his four-year-old son and his lovely wife. LinkedIn

Jim Kleinmeyer has over 35 years of experience with engineering design and support of data processing systems for the federal government. Before Joining NetApp, Jim served as a Senior Systems Engineer for SGI, Federal working to support the DOD and Intelligence Community in key computational, storage and graphics related areas. Prior to joining SGI, Jim served as a Storage Architect for Seagate Systems where he architected storage solutions to support the Navy's Aegis software development program. Prior to joining the private sector, Jim served as Research Engineer for the US Army Research Laboratory. His work to refine such techniques as Photon Tunneling Microscopy, Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Scanning Probe Microscopy enabled improvements in soldier protection systems, advanced armor, helicopter rotor blades and Nano scale materials. Jim's professional credentials include three patent awards, and over 15 peer review publications totaling 3500 + citations, as well as a co-authorship for a chapter in the ACS Polymer Nanofibers Series 918, entitled "Key Parameters Influencing the Onset and Maintenance of the Electrospinning Jet", Copyright 2006, American Chemical Society. Jim holds an Advanced Engineering Degree from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, School of Engineering. As well as a B.S. Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. LinkedIn