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.

Traditional IT Deployment Models – On Prem and Colo

Posted on March 15, 2017 By

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Traditional IT Deployment Models – On Prem and Colo   This is the first tutorial in my ‘Practical Introduction to Cloud Computing’ course. Click here to enrol in the complete course for free!   In this first tutorial I’m going to talk about what we had before cloud,...

NetApp Deduplication and Compression Tutorial

Posted on March 7, 2017 By

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Deduplication and Compression   In this tutorial we cover deduplication and compression. These are both storage efficiency space saving techniques that are available in ONTAP. We’ll cover deduplication first.     Deduplication   Deduplication eliminates redundant duplicat...

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...