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What is the Cloud?

For the last few years, the word Cloud has been used a lot. It seems as though everyone has latched onto this word cloud. But what does the cloud really mean? My definition of the cloud is the internet. A cloud service would be a service that is hosted by someone else and you access …

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Python data types explained

In python, almost everything is an object. This includes variables like String and Integers and containers like lists and dictionaries. Given that everything is an object, what are data types? Data types are simply how you classify your objects. If you have a an object with the type of String, then that object will have …

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Working with Netapp Support

I have spent a lot of time with various vendors support departments, and I have to say, Netapp has one of the best support departments.  If I call Netapp at 2:00 AM on a Sunday morning, I can get someone on the phone right away.  My one complaint is that I cannot open a ticket via E-Mail. …

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Introduction to Storage

In the field of storage, you used to be able to simply buy enough hard drives to fill your space needs and you would end up with sufficient disks to fulfill your performance needs. Unfortunately with hard disks getting so large, this is no longer the case. To make matters worse, when you start moving …

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Introduction to Server Virtualization

When people talk about Virtualization, they are most of the time referring to either Machine Virtualization, or Application Virtualization. When You Virtualize an application, you isolate the application to run it its own little world, sometimes called a Sand Box. By doing this you can get around application compatibility issues, and simplify application deployment. These …