Welcome to the Flackbox blog, where our aim is to help you build your cloud and data center career. If you’re looking to widen your knowledge across compute, networking and storage technologies then you’ve come to the right place. We regularly upload training video tutorials featuring vendors such as NetApp, Cisco and VMware.

NetApp Thin Provisioning Tutorial

Posted on February 16, 2017 By

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NetApp Thin Provisioning In this tutorial we take a look at NetApp Thin Provisioning. Thin provisioning allows you to present more logical storage to your clients than the amount of physical storage you actually have. Instead of allocating space up front, storage space is dynamically allocated to ea...

NetApp Load Sharing Mirrors Tutorial

Posted on February 9, 2017 By

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NetApp Load Sharing Mirrors NetApp Load Sharing Mirrors are the focus of this video tutorial. Load Sharing Mirrors are mirror copies of FlexVol volumes which provide redundancy and load balancing.     The load balancing is for read traffic only. Read requests can go to the mirror copies bu...

NetApp Storage Architecture Tutorial

Posted on January 26, 2017 By

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The NetApp Storage Architecture   The NetApp storage architecture is the focus of this video tutorial. The NetApp storage architecture is organised into disks, aggregates, RAID groups, volumes, Qtrees and LUNs.     Disks and Aggregates   At the bottom level of the storage archite...

NetApp ONTAP Complete Training Course

Posted on January 19, 2017 By

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  My ‘NetApp Storage Clustered Data ONTAP Complete’ course features over 22 hours of High Definition video tutorials, live lab demos and quizzes and covers everything you need to know about NetApp ONTAP. I explain each topic with a detailed tutorial first, and then show you how to implemen...

NetApp SnapMirror Engine Tutorial

Posted on January 12, 2017 By

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The NetApp SnapMirror Engine is the focus of this video tutorial.   The NetApp SnapMirror Engine   The SnapMirror engine is used to replicate data from a source volume to a destination volume. It’s used for these features:   Load Sharing Mirrors Data Protection Mirrors SnapVault...

List of VSA Virtual Storage Appliances and SAN Storage Simulators

Posted on January 12, 2017 By

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Where to Download and How to Set Up Free Storage Simulators and VSA Virtual Storage Appliances   For your lab you’re going to need compute (the servers), networking (routers and switches etc.) and storage. If you’re focused on studying or testing only an individual application, oper...