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

List of VSA Virtual Storage Appliances and SAN Storage Simulators

Posted on November 1, 2018 By

Storage Simulator VSA Virtual Storage Appliance

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...

Interview with Justin Parisi at NetApp Insight

Posted on October 30, 2018 By

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I sat down for a quick chat with Justin Parisi from the NetApp A-Team while at NetApp Insight. We discussed our experience at the Insight conference, podcasting, ONTAP Select and NetApp’s cloud solutions. If you need to know anything about NetApp, Justin is usually your first stop. I highly re...

Interview with Paul ‘TechStringy’ Stringfellow at NetApp Insight

Posted on October 29, 2018 By

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I was lucky enough to interview Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems while at NetApp Insight. Paul is a member of the NetApp A-Team, you know him from his TechStringy blog, podcast and Twitter. We had a chat about our experience at the Insight conference, data governance, and career advice. Here...

Interview with Matt Leib at NetApp Insight

Posted on October 25, 2018 By

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I sat down with industry veteran Matt Leib at NetApp Insight to discuss his career in IT and advice for people building their career in the industry. You can read Matt’s blog at https://virtuallytiedtomydesktop.com/ and find him on Twitter at @MBLeib   Here’s the transcript: Matt Le...

Configuring BGP Neighbors on Cisco Routers

Posted on October 11, 2018 By

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Configuring BGP Neighbors on Cisco Routers   You’ll learn how to configure BGP (the Border Gateway Protocol) neighbors in a Service Provider environment in this Cisco CCNA tutorial. This is the 3rd in a series of BGP tutorials.   Part 1: Why We Need BGP Part 2: BGP Routing and Path...