In 480 B.C., during the Greco-Persian wars, the famous Battle of Thermopylae took place between the invading Persian Empire led by king Xerxes and an alliance of Greek city-states led by Leonidas of Sparta. You may remember Leonidas and this battle from the movie "300." The battle was...

At Tech Field Day 14 in Boston a few weeks ago, the delegates had a chance to hear from Turbonomic. I had a special dose of excitement for this presentation for a few reasons. First of all, VMTurbo (Turbonomic’s old name) was a presenter at my...

At Tech Field Day 14, NetApp (@netapp) kicked off the event as the first presenter and also brought the biggest surprise of the event. In a refreshingly modern and progressive set of presentations, the presenters discussed NetApp’s open source contributions and their integrations with cloudy...

What if I told you that Oracle was building a public cloud offering that could rival the offerings from AWS, Microsoft, and Google? If you're like most folks in enterprise IT, you'd have one of two reactions: you'd either laugh me out of the room and...

If you’ve visited any tech related web site in the past week, you’re painfully aware of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.  This one has been really bad as it exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patch in mid-March of this year.  For those that patched...

As you heard in the above video, there are many players addressing the problem of persistent storage for containers. I promised to highlight two that I think are particularly interesting to us in the enterprise space. Here's a quick note about each of them. Portworx We interviewed the...

[su_spoiler title="Disclosure" icon="plus-circle" anchor="disclosure"] This post is based on observations I made while attending Tech Field Day 12. I wasn't compensated for writing this post, nor was I compensated for attending the event. My travel and incidentals to attend the event were covered by Gestalt IT. For more...

At VMworld about two months ago, we had the opportunity to meet with Alan Cohen, who is the Chief Commercial Officer at Illumio. We were also joined by PJ Kirner, CTO and co-founder at Illumio. Both of these gentlemen (as well as the rest of...

I don't write a lot about non-enterprise IT stuff, but in this case, I’m making an exception. I used to be a Windows guy and was vehemently anti-Apple… and then I gave it a real chance and discovered, well, I was wrong.  Apple was releasing products...

The Emerging Technology Summit took over Edina, Minnesota earlier this week as DeltaWare Data Solutions brought in a variety of their partners to meet with and teach their customers and prospects on various progressive IT topics. Some of the ActualTech Media team was also in attendance,...

There was a lot of excitement recently at the Microsoft’s annual user conference – Ignite 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 23,000 IT Pros in attendance from around the world, bigtime keynotes in the arena, and countless new innovations across a wide breath of products...

The industry has been talking about this for a few years now, but it's becoming a real and present concern. RAID protection schemes have been used for a long time to protect data, either by mirroring the same data across redundant drives or by calculating...

[caption id="attachment_16682" align="alignright" width="300"] Intel's Jon Stern presents on SPDK at Storage Field Day 11[/caption] Last week at Storage Field Day 11, Intel presented on the challenges that are created by storage media and access methods being too fast. At this point in time, storage media delivers much higher...

Anybody heavily entrenched in the storage aspect of IT infrastructure is excited about object storage these days. And for a good reason. Data for some of the biggest cloud-based services available today is often stored as objects. Using an object storage solution allows for massive...

We're excited to announce that we're going to be in attendance at the 2016 Emerging Technology Summit organized by DeltaWare Data Systems on Tuesday, October 25th in Minneapolis, MN.  This one-day summit is an annual educational trade show focusing on state of the art, dynamic technologies that are...

Recently, I received an article in my inbox entitled “If you’re not planning for IoT, you’re already behind” and, frankly, it just frustrated me. Although the article author was listed as simply “CIO Staff” the featured picture was that of Vernon Turner, SVP Enterprise Systems...

VMware has been pushing hard for the adoption of the vCenter Server Appliance over the original Windows-based deployment model for a few major releases of the product. As of recently, the VCSA has reached feature parity with the Windows version and there are many very...

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