Reality has set in and it’s probably safe to say that the hype about “cloud” has subsided. Business leaders today logically evaluate the benefits of public cloud services and determine where they may be able to improve their product, operations, or bottom line. Sometimes, their...

For the second year in a row, I'll be attending the Emerging Technology Summit event in Minneapolis, MN this year. I'm honor to say that, this year, I'll be giving the conference keynote presentation. In this post, I'd like to give you a preview of what...

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...

Let’s start with the obvious: “Hyperconverged infrastructure” is a made-up phrase.  Early on, the generally accepted definition was a combination of servers, storage, and a hypervisor in a series of individual appliances.  The underlying assumption is that workloads run alongside storage on these integrated appliances. ...

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 haven’t heard of Pivot3, you need to fire up Google and take a look at them.  For some, Pivot3 was one of the progenitors of hyperconverged infrastructure and, even before the phrase hyperconverged was invented, had an appliance series with traits eerily similar...

I'm not sure where the obsession with nautical entities in the cloud/data center startup world came from, but from where I'm standing, it looks like taking an aquatic stance is a reasonably good predictor of success. Let's see...

ActualTech Media’s final megacast of 2016 covers six different approaches to enterprise storage from six different vendors. From leveraging next-gen flash and radically simplifying backups, to utilizing powerful VM-aware and hyperconverged solutions and the best of what the cloud has to offer, the megacast offers...

ActualTech Media’s final megacast of the year, which focused on Enterprise Storage, hosted six of the leading enterprise storage vendors, including Cohesity, a startup that offers a platform for data consolidation. Cohesity’s mission is to redefine secondary storage – all of the data storage components...

In the recent 2016 Enterprise Storage Megacast a number of the top storage vendors showcased their solutions focusing on what sets them apart from the competition. Tintri differentiates itself by offering all-flash and hybrid storage that’s VM-aware and built specifically for virtualized and cloud environments. Tintri’s...

[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...

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