All things that evolve or are organic in nature function in cycles. In technology we most often see this in the software development life cycle (SDLC). In this cycle we see a process of continually planning, developing, testing, and deploying software in order to deliver new features and new capabilities to consumers.

At NetApp SolidFire we’re no stranger to the SDLC. It’s at the core of how we develop Element OS. At present we would like to introduce to you our newest SDLC process: The Sock Development Life Cycle. That’s right. We’re on version 4.0 of the now famous SolidFire socks. This version pays homage to the life cycle that is consuming the world and changing how organizations build, test, and deploy infrastructure in their environments.

On this year’s sock you’ll be introduced to all things software development:





We’ve decorated the sock with real code from our developers and ensured a nice dark console base color. On the sole you’ll find the icons for our most popular development integrations. You can find those as stickers at an event near you, or order your own at our new sticker store for thePub.

These socks have been thoroughly tested, as you can see below, by our very own Mike Turner.

While our core deployment mechanism for SolidFire socks 4.0 is primarily at events, we’re experimenting with new deployment methodologies, as you’ll see here.

If you find yourself a pair of socks this year, please share your story with us on Twitter. Just mention @SolidFire, and use the hashtag #codeon

Find us at an event and make sure to get your pair of SolidFire Socks 4.0. Wear them to run.

Wear them to bike. Wear them to create amazing software. Wear them to share your knowledge on our developer community, thePub, at

No matter what your target activity, we want you go out there and #CodeOn!

Josh Atwell

Josh Atwell is a Cloud Architect for SolidFire focusing on developing VMware and automation solutions. Over the last 10+ years he has worked very hard to allow little pieces of code to do his work for him through various automation tools. Most recently Josh worked as a vArchitect for VCE where he worked with customers to architect solutions to meet their infrastructure needs. He also served as a VMware and cloud champion, as well as being selected as a technical team lead. Prior to VCE Josh worked at Cisco on the Virtualization Infrastructure Operations team where he focused on automation for VMware, Cisco UCS, and architecting Splunk for all of IT. Josh is a contributing author to the popular Mastering vSphere series and the upcoming Devops for VMware Administrator book. He is highly involved in the virtualization community where he's been active leading technology based user groups and the vBrownBag podcast. Josh holds a degree in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and has maintained residence in the Raleigh, NC area.

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