1. Networking

    Xilinx Unleashes the Power of the Smart NIC

    Network Interface Cards, or NICs, are like car tires: they rarely get any attention, but they’re absolutely essential for operation. It’s easy to even forget they’re attached, since they’re so fundamentally basic—until something goes wrong. When that happens with your tires, your car stops… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Spotlight Series

    Elisity Says That Proper Security Means Trusting No One

    “All of the work that’s done to secure assets is great, but all it takes is exploiting the weakest link in the chain.” That’s the governing philosophy as expressed by Elisity CEO James Winebrenner, and it’s why Elisity focuses on the “zero trust model.” “Zero trust” is a hot ind… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Spotlight Series

    Ordr Helps You Get Control of Your Connected Devices

    Connected devices, including traditional IT, Internet of Things (IoT), and Operational Technologies (OT), are proliferating at a mind-boggling rate. That can be useful, but it also comes with significant risk: many of these devices are essentially invisible on your network. That means you don’t kn… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Spotlight Series

    Cofense: Stop Phishing Emails Before They Do Their Damage

    The Cofense website has this startling statistic: 90% of security breaches start with an email phishing attempt. That should make you sit up and take notice. In this “Spotlight Series” video, ActualTech Media Partner David Davis chats with Keith Ibarguen, chief product officer, Cofense, about… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  5. Edge computing

    Managing Applications at the Distributed Edge Cloud with Avassa

    Edge computing is, of course, a form of cloud computing. But it can be helpful in a way to think of edge computing as the polar opposite of cloud computing. And understanding that can be a big help in grasping what Avassa is trying to do with its edge platform. Avassa presented at Tech Field Day… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. Kubernetes

    Portworx Provides Software-Defined Storage for Kubernetes

    Remember when storage was simple? It was in a single location, and was physical, either inside a server or as a separate device like a SAN or NAS. Map the device to the storage and off you went. And that location didn’t vary: the same storage was in the same place. It had its challenges, of cou… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. Data Center

    Meraki Pushes Proactive Troubleshooting at Tech Field Day

    There’s value in having a sprinkler system in your house that functions properly and puts out a fire in the kitchen. But there’s even more value in a system that would alert you to a faulty circuit breaker beforehand. Even better would be a system that would drill down on the malfunctioning c… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Spotlight Series

    Infrastructure-as-Code Made Easy with env0

    Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC): it’s one of those phrases many in IT are aware of, but few actually understand at a deep level. In (very) brief, IaC is a way to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure in an automated fashion. Why is that important? Because cloud development and deployment can be v… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Spotlight Series

    Aunalytics Offers ‘Insights as a Service’

    CMO Katie Horvath says that when it comes to data analytics, companies often ask the wrong questions. Instead of worrying about digital transformation milestones, for instance, the data platform company Aunalytics asks this: “What are the business questions you’re trying to answer? What are the… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. data

    Moonwalk Helps Companies Get a Handle on Data Management

    Your data is growing, probably by leaps and bounds in this current era. And it’s likely that some, or even most, of that data is unstructured. That data, kept in object storage, is great to have—if you can manage it properly. That’s what Moonwalk Universal brings to the table. Moonwalk, as… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Opinion

    Know Thy Customer

    Regardless of your role in IT, everyone serves someone. That someone is your customer. They may be external to your department or company, or they may be internal to your department or company. They may even be a single person – your boss or a founder/CEO. IT knowledge workers who focus on the rig… Read More

    By Jason Hall
  12. Podcast

    099 — Cloud-Native Application Observability with Chronosphere

    We are now in the era of cloud-native application development. And while this new paradigm has incredible benefits in terms of time to market, efficiency, and more, it ramps up the complexity factor significantly. With dozens, hundreds, or thousands of microservices comprising an application, obs… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Spotlight Series

    Algoblu Introduces ‘Network Element Virtualization’

    “Network Element Virtualization”: It sounds impressive, doesn’t it? In fact, it is impressive, and this new technology from Algoblu can transform your network operations. As Edward Qin, Chief Product Officer for Algoblu, explains to ActualTech Media Partner/CEO Scott Lowe in this “Spotlig… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Spotlight Series

    Buurst: Data Management at the Edge and in the Cloud

    In today’s modern IT infrastructure, it’s critical for enterprises to be able to a) store data both on- and off-premises, and b) move and manage that data effectively. It’s a cloud and edge computing world, after all, and data is at the center of it all. Buurst exists to help with both of t… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. Spotlight Series

    Datadobi Migrates Your On- and Off-Premises Data Quickly and Securely

    Sure, you can use a free, vendor-supplied utility to upload data from your on-premises environment to the cloud. But should you? That’s a question you can answer with a hearty “you betcha!” if you’re using Datadobi. That’s because Datadobi has a “maniacal focus on data integrity,” S… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. Spotlight Series

    ionir Smooths the On-ramp to Kubernetes and Container Storage

    Managing storage for containers and Kubernetes is a challenge, as every admin knows. But does it have to be as difficult as it is? ionir doesn’t think so. In this “Spotlight Series” video, Kirby Wadsworth, Chief Marketing Officer for ionir, discusses his company’s storage and data managem… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Podcast

    098  – Databases in the Public Cloud? Yes, You Can!

    Believe it or not, there was a time when virtualizing servers was hard. Not so much anymore. In a way, that’s where we are with databases in the public cloud. It’s hard, and it can be intimidating to make the switch. When we look back in a few years, though, we may wonder why it seemed so har… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Podcast

    097  – Why ‘Boring’ Is Good at the Edge

    “The computing edge” is a sexy buzzword right now. But is that really what you want as an IT admin? No—what you want, what you need, is infrastructure that just works, whether it’s on-premises or at the edge. That means your edge infrastructure needs to be reliable, especially in areas wh… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Podcast

    096  – How Scality Helps Drive Cloud-Native Development with Object Storage

    If there’s one word that describes the modern IT era, that word is “complexity.” Applications, data, and its associated infrastructure has broken through its on-premises boundaries and moved to the cloud and the edge. This has massive implications for things like software development and st… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Spotlight Series

    Nasuni Provides a ‘NAS in the Cloud’

    You know you need to be in the cloud. There are so many advantages in terms of scalability and availability, data resilience, backup and disaster recovery, and so on. But getting to the cloud can be scary, especially if you’re a traditional IT shop with apps and data stored in your on-premises dat… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Spotlight Series

    Prevention as a Service? Where Do I Sign Up?

    “Prevention as a Service.” Now that’s an “X as a Service” that’s new in the industry, but it’s an exciting idea! According to Perception Point VP of Customer Success & Incident Response Motti Elloul, it means to protect customers from any content-based attacks from any channel that all… Read More

    By Keith Ward