This week I'm joined by James Brown, who is currently a consultant with Nutanix's professional services division. He's helping customers evaluate and deploy hyperconverged infrastructure all the time. James spends most of his time where the rubber meets the road - when customers go from discussing...

In episode #43, David talks with Wes Higbee of WesHigbee.com to discuss containers vs virtual machines. Wes is an author  of 12+ Pluralsight.com courses, he's a great speaker, educator, and very knowledgeable developer. For those reasons, this vChat turned out especially great (which you'll see for yourself)! Watch this vChat to get the real...

In case you were wondering, 2016 is the year of VDI and Workspot (@workspotinc) has completely reinvented it. The company simplifies and streamlines VDI by putting it in the cloud. Workspot has created a cloud-based architecture that can deploy many VDI environments quickly and efficiently—and...

If you happened to stop by the Condusiv Technologies (@Condusiv) booth at VMworld 2016 you might be surprised to learn that the company has been around for over 30 years. During the last four years the company has been focusing on its V-locity product, which...

In the data center, technology advances in distinct steps rather than smoothly along a continuum. One day we don’t have SSDs, and the next, the first SSD is generally available and we do. Market adoption, however, smooths out those distinct steps into what looks more...

Scality (@Scality), known for simplifying object storage, recently announced its first open source software: the S3 Server. At VMworld 2016 James Green had a chance to speak with Jerome Lecat, Co-founder and CEO at Scality, about the new S3 Server, which offers AWS S3-like qualities...

As more DevOps tools come to market, there are a few that stand out. One of them is Quali (@QualiSystems), a software that aims to accelerate and automate the DevOps lifecycle through cloud sandboxing. At VMworld 2016, David Davis spoke with Shashi Kiran, CMO at...

At VMworld 2016, David Davis interviewed Maxta's new Vice President of Marketing, Mitch Seigle, about Maxta's new Freemium Hyperconvergence solution. Hyperconvergence is a hot topic because of the tremendous efficiencies that it brings however every HCI solution is different. Many HCI solutions require that you buy...

There was a lot of talk about micro-segmentation this year at VMworld, as VMware continues to educate its users on NSX while at the same time integrating the technology further within its SDDC vision. What some VMworld goers might not realize is that NSX is...

Datto (@Datto) provides products and services that focus on data protection, backup and disaster recovery, and business continuity for physical and virtual servers, both on-prem and in the cloud, including cloud-to-cloud for SaaS applications. You might think, there’s lots of B/DR and disaster recovery solutions...

While the need for more storage keeps growing the cloud is a viable option, but not every enterprise can deal with the inevitable performance and latency issues that come with it. ClearSky Data (@ClearSkyData) saw this problem as an opportunity to deliver enterprise storage as...

Onboarding new users can be a complicated, cumbersome and time consuming process. RES (@RESsoftware) specializes in making this process faster and easier for IT by leveraging automation to deliver IT services. We spoke with Thomas Brown, Sales Engineer at RES, to learn more about how...

Zerto (@Zerto) is moving beyond backup and disaster recovery, focusing on the bigger picture to help enterprises achieve resiliency. The company unveiled some big news around its 5.0 product and at VMworld Zerto’s CMO, Gil Levonai, outlined the new features and capabilities, including support for...

After years of troubleshooting issues in vSphere environments, the team at Runecast (@RuneCastBiz) decided to create its own tool to help organizations be more proactive, instead of reactive, when it comes to identifying and mitigating potential issues and preventing outages. Runecast’s CEO, Stanimir Markov, shares...

Blue Medora (@bluemedora) focuses on performance management, monitoring and creating efficiency, offering what the company calls “true visibility” into vROps through its extensions. Today, Blue Medora offers over 30 management packs for vRealize Operations suite. Chris Noordyke, VP of Global Sales at Blue Medora, explains...

Tintri's (@Tintri) hybrid and all-flash storage is built specifically for virtualized and cloud environments. The company calls it "VM-aware" storage, promising performance optimization and benefits that traditional storage just can’t deliver. But do you really need all-flash storage? That’s the question we posed to Don...

Simplifying the journey to the cloud is the mission of a lot of vendors these days. Today, you’ll find a wide range of solutions that target customers moving to the cloud in a number of different ways. Platform9 (@Platform9Sys) focuses on private cloud services that...

Although many VMworld goers might already be familiar with Login VSI's (@LoginVSI) desktop testing products, specifically for VDI environments, what many might not have heard about is Login AM, the company's automation piece. We interviewed Login VSI's CEO, Eric-Jan (EJ) Van Leeuwen, about this cool...

Security continues to be massively problematic in organizations of all shapes and sizes, and particularly in the enterprise. Thycotic (@thycotic) is helping to solve some of the main issues around password management and privileged accounts through unique and powerful techniques. Chris Widstrom, Technical Support Engineer...

CloudPhysics (@CloudPhysics) stole the hearts and minds of VMworld attendees back in 2012, creating a lot of buzz around its SaaS-based virtualization and data center management solution. Four years later, the CloudPhysics platform is able to leverage big data to provide organizations with predictive insights...

Moving to public cloud environments is typically a challenging endeavor, especially when it comes to migrating data. The team at Velostrata (@Velostrata) is helping to resolve this problem with an elegant solution that moves compute workloads to the cloud in minutes, giving customers total control...

Storage continues to take center stage at VMworld 2016 with plenty of intriguing innovations covering the whole gamut of the storage arena. In the area of unstructured data storage one company in particular caught our attention and so we spoke with Yuval Dimnik, CEO of...

David Klee, Founder and Chief Architect at Heraflux Technologies, chatted with us this week at VMworld 2016 about optimizing SQL Server licensing and specifically, how to avoid CPU scheduling issues in virtual environments. David does a lot of work with SQL databases helping customers optimize...

In the last episode, we talked with David Klee (@kleegeek) about experiences with moving to the cloud. At the end of the show, I posed the question of whether the considerations we were discussing applied only to VM-based architectures in the cloud or to all...

At VMworld for the last couple of years, the vBrownBag team has teamed up with the folks that put on VMunderground to create an event called Opening Acts. The day before VMworld officially begins, the crew organizes a handful of panel sessions (and this year,...

This article contains excerpts from a recently authored ActualTech Media whitepaper. The article will be updated with a link to download the full paper as soon as it's available for download! Every organization leverages data in some way. Whether that data is in the form of neatly...

Earlier this year, VMware introduced an awesome new VSAN version 6.2 with a lot of new features like Deduplication and Compression, Erasure Coding (RAID-5/6), Storage Quality of Service (QoS) and much more. It's time to get up to speed on what VSAN can do, just...

On this episode of 10 on Tech, David Klee (@kleegeek) joins ActualTech Media to discuss the difficulties with moving to the cloud. David's professional services organization, Heraflux Technologies, helps customers evaluate and perform things like a cloud migration, and David has a unique perspective on what...

In this episode, Trevor Pott (@cakeis_not_alie) and I talk about the changing face of the IT conference landscape. VMworld and other conferences like it have long been on of the primary places that deals are made and careers are accelerated. Is the focus of those...

You may have heard the phrase “A person is smart, but people overall are stupid.” This phrase is intended to demonstrate that, as individuals, people can provide brilliant insight, but as the number of opinions grows and insight ultimately becomes lost to rhetoric and groupthink,...

At OpenStack Summit this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Madhura Maskasky, Co-Founder and VP of Products, of Platform9 about how they're dramatically shortening the time to value with enterprise OpenStack deployments by offering OpenStack - more or less - as a service. If you've...

In this episode, ActualTech Media partners James Green and David Davis discussed their top tips for attending VMworld (or any other conference like it). VMworld Las Vegas is coming up in a few short weeks, and as always, many conference goers will be experiencing the...

Today's show features friend of the IT community Jonathan Frappier to discuss Ansible (and DevOps in general) and how leveraging tools like configuration management solutions and orchestration engines changes the way that teams work. As always, thanks for listening, and don't forget that the transcript...

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses operate. It has transformed infrastructure, networking, storage, backup and recovery, performance analysis, troubleshooting, development and testing, and so much more. And today, there’s much more to cloud than what AWS and Azure have to offer. There’s an immense...

Yesterday was an exciting day as ActualTech Media organized the 2016 Cloud MegaCast event - this was the first time in the MegaCast event series that the featured topic has been Cloud. The event was extremely well received and attendees had a great time digging...

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. However, Stratoscale is a valued client of ActualTech Media. See our full disclosure page here: http://www.actualtechmedia.com/disclosures/.  Private-Cloud-in-a-Box is a promise that many enterprise IT vendors today would like to deliver on. IT consumers can provision resources with a click of...

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the market was introduced to what we now consider “original” hyperconverged infrastructure technology.  In that initial wave of technology, we saw appliances combining servers and storage hit the shelves, firing a shot over the bow of storage...

Modern virtualization introduced overhead into the compute and storage stack in a number of ways. For many production workloads, IT organizations were happy to trade the overhead incurred for the massive increase in workload consolidation and ease of administration. But there are always outliers. In the case...

In this show, Eric Wright is with us to talk about root cause analysis. We talked about: Eric's initial blog post Edward's response/thoughts Eric's follow-up post table td { text-align: left; } .more_facts_inner { padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; [vc_row row_type='expandable' text_align='left' background_color='' border_color='' more_button_label='Show Transcript' less_button_label='Collapse Transcript' button_position='center' color=''][vc_column width='1/1'] James Green: Hello everybody and...

VMware's acquisition of Nicira in 2012 and Cisco's major push with ACI were confirmation that software-defined networking and network function virtualization were coming to a data center near you. SDN solutions like NSX work their magic by making use of an overlay network to virtualize a network segment...

As technology has evolved and our ideas around how IT infrastructure should be managed have matured, infrastructure has continued to converge. The main drivers for this convergence have been operational efficiency and predictability. When converged infrastructure was introduced, the provisioning and validation steps were removed...

table td { text-align: left; } .more_facts_inner { padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; Joining us for the second episode of 10 on Tech is Brian Graf (@vBrianGraf) to discuss the new VMware Fling called DRS Doctor. You can see an example of the tool and how to use it on...

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