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Exploring NetApp Simulate ONTAP

NetApp Simulate ONTAP is a simulator for running Data ONTAP software. It has been available for a number of years to NetApp customers and partners, and is readily obtainable (unofficially) from any number of websites. It enables you to test most features of Data ONTAP 7-Mode or Cluster-Mode, and is an excellent tool for learning about the features of Data ONTAP. There have been various versions of Simulate ONTAP over the years. Initially it had to be installed on a Red Hat or SuSE Linux platform but over the years more Linux distributions were added. Nowadays Simulate ONTAP is also

Minimum FlexPod Configuration

FlexPod was NetApp‘s response to the Cisco, EMC, VMware joint partnership announced in November 2009 to develop cloud computing platforms called Vblock Infrastructure Packages. The partnership was originally called the VMware-Cisco-EMC Alliance but the name was later shortened to VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) coalition. VCE sells products it calls Vblock systems as converged infrastructure that combine VMware vSphere, Cisco UCS, Cisco Nexus switches, and EMC Symmetrix storage. It sells into VMware-specific markets. Vblocks are engineered systems whereas FlexPod is a reference architecture rather than a fixed hardware and software package. There are reference architectures, called solution configurations, for both virtualized