1. Podcast

    040 – Ransomware and the Cloud: A Deadly Combination

    Time was, the chief disasters that worried IT were natural disasters – things like fires, floods, earthquakes and tornados. In other words, you had to worry about your on-premises data center going down. But that’s changing, as more pieces of your data center move offsite. With Infrastructure-as… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Podcast

    039 - ‘Hyperconverged Kubernetes’? Yes, It’s a Thing

    You’re probably used to the idea of hyperconvergence as it’s applied to storage, servers and networking. But you’re probably not aware that the principles of hyperconvergence can be applied to Kubernetes! This episode of “10 on Tech” teases out that concept. ActualTech Media’s James G… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Podcast

    038 - Doing More – Much More – With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    Hyperconverged infrastructure, also known as HCI, used to be thought of as appliances that basically brought together storage, compute and networking into a single box. But that definition, and the way of doing HCI in general, is changing. That’s the focus of this “10 on Tech” podcast, whic… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. CIO

    A Microsoft Teams vs. Slack Update: Three Weeks In

    A lot of people commented on my original article detailing why my company, ActualTech Media, made the jump away from Slack to Microsoft Teams. Now that we’re at the three-week point, it’s becoming clear where we’re seeing benefits and where there are challenges that we hope Microsoft addresses… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  5. Podcast

    037 - Cray-Z Performance: Storage for HPC

    When you think of Cray and computing, images of gigantic supercomputers are likely to spring to mind. With good reason: Cray is all about extreme performance at extreme scale. On this week’s “10 on Tech” podcast, Cray discusses how storage is the key to what they do. Mark Wiertalla, Marketi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. Data Center

    Meeting the Challenges of Managing Microservices-based Applications

    It used to be so much easier to do application performance management (APM). Remember? Monolithic, old-school apps didn’t have that many dependencies. Fewer moving parts meant less to monitor. It also meant greater visibility of those parts. Less data collected. Fewer issues (but by no means few)… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. Data Center

    Tutorial: Deploying a Cumulus Linux Demo Environment With Vagrant

    Thanks to ActualTech Media’s relationship with the Cumulus Networks team, I had the opportunity to attend an onsite bootcamp at Cumulus HQ in Mountain View, Calif., where a Cumulus professional services consultant (David Marshall) trained myself and a few others on the ins and outs of Cumulus Linu… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. Cloud

    How to Take the Pain Out of the Private Cloud Lifecycle

    Designing a cloud is, in essence, designing an entire data center. Designing and operating a cloud requires attention to the entire lifecycle of the cloud: since each component can affect adjacent solutions, the impact of every change on the whole must be carefully considered. Layering on some cl… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  9. CIO

    Putting Things in Context: Why We’re Ditching Slack for Microsoft Teams

    I don’t often write about the inner workings of ActualTech Media. It’s not because I don’t want to, but is due primarily to having a whole lot to stay on top of. But we’re doing something that many may think crazy, so I thought I’d tell the world! We’ve ditched Slack and adopted Micro… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  10. Cloud

    Getting Our Hands Dirty Installing VMware Cloud on AWS

    The new VMware Cloud on AWS allows you to run your vSphere virtual machines in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud, without modification, and access the hundreds of services available from AWS. In this video, Keith Ward, James Green, and David Davis of ActualTech Media are joined by Trevor Po… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  11. RoadCast

    Apstra Says It Offers the 'Next Evolution' in Software-Defined Networking

    “Intent-based networking.” It’s a new way of thinking about networking, according to Apstra, which provides data center networking automation. Michael Wood, CMO & VP of Apstra, discussed the concept with ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe in this RoadCast video shot at VMworld 2018. Wood says… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. RoadCast

    Barefoot Networks and Fully Programmable Switches

    Imagine changing your data center networking on the fly: altering the way the data plane processes packets, or introducing new protocols, for example. Or scaling up your network and introducing new efficiencies. This is the promise that Silicon Valley startup Barefoot Networks wants to fulfill. I… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. RoadCast

    Kingston Technology Is More Than Just Desktop RAM

    If you’re like most admins, when you think of Kingston Technology, you think RAM for your desktop or server. But if that’s your thought, then you haven’t taken a close look lately. In this RoadCast video from VMworld 2018, ActualTech Media Partner David Davis talks with Cameron Crandall, se… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Cloud

    Clouds Are a Key Enabler for Digital Transformation

    Clouds fundamentally change who has control over IT. Traditional infrastructures rely on IT teams to provision resources, workloads, applications and services. Clouds don’t – they let the individuals responsible for doing something useful with IT be the ones to provision that IT. At the risk… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  15. Sponsored

    Getting Started with Cloud Daddy for AWS Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

    Anyone who is using Amazon Web Services needs a secure backup and disaster recovery solution to protect your mission critical applications and data. Up until this point that's been tough to do with the tools that are included with AWS. Thankfully a new solution was recently released launched! Cloud… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  16. CIO

    Ease of Use is the Goal for Private Cloud

    The decision has been made to move to private cloud. All reasons for or against have been heard, and now it’s time to implement. With this in mind, what options are available for doing so, and how do they affect the design of an organization’s IT? Private clouds come in flavors, and while eac… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  17. VMworld 2018

    VMware's Software-Defined Vision

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 29, 2018 -- In terms of new product announcements, VMworld 2018 was surprisingly, almost shockingly, quiet. The Day One General Session by CEO Pat Gelsinger had some cool moments, for sure. But there was nothing new announced during the Day Two General Session (which was dominated by… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  18. VMworld 2018

    Notes from VMworld 2018

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 29, 2018 -- It’s been a busy week in Las Vegas – and it’s only Tuesday. Here are one attendee’s scattered thoughts on VMworld 2018. It’s my first show as a member of ActualTech Media. I’ve always covered it as a member of the press, and although I’m not officially… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. VMworld 2018

    VMware’s ‘Project Dimension’ Extends Cloud Infrastructure to the Edge

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 28, 2018 -- VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger made lots of announcements at the Day One General Session, and they got a lot of applause from the audience. I was also intrigued by one that flew much more under the radar, but which could become a big deal in the future. It’s called “Proj… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  20. VMworld 2018

    VMware + Amazon is Now a Two-Way Street

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 27, 2018 -- I’ve left the Day 1 General Session at VMworld for the past few years feeling genuinely underwhelmed. But we may have turned a corner. I think I’m more excited about the announcements made at VMworld this year than I have been for the past 3-4 years. My favorite pi… Read More

    By James D. Green
  21. VMworld 2018

    VMware Announces Acquisition of CloudHealth Technologies

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 27, 2018 -- As companies move their operations to the cloud, they often find that using a single cloud provider is insufficient for their needs. Different public clouds have different capabilities and features, and do certain things better or worse than their competitors. In addition… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe