1. Spotlight Series

    The Fungible DPU: Dawn of a New Era?

    Modern data centers have to do so much more than they used to that it’s impossible to keep up anymore. With data existing in multiple places, infrastructure on-premises and in the cloud, distributed computing becoming the norm, and so on, a new way of thinking has to be implemented to keep things… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Spotlight Series

    Oxeye Offers Security Testing for Modern Application Development

    Let’s just be honest: cloud-native development is now the de facto method of building applications. The monolithic development paradigm is a dinosaur, and can’t deal with things like distributed data and components, containers, cloud platforms, and the like. This new, cloud-native environment… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Spotlight Series

    Your Storage, Your Way, with iXsystems

    Some companies talk about the “open” nature of their products, but in real-world usage, proprietary elements quickly begin to creep in—and before you know it, you’re locked in to one vendor's solution. Not so with iXsystems, which has been truly open throughout its history. In this “Spo… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Podcast

    102  – The Key to Ransomware Recovery

    You don’t need to be told by now about the dangers of ransomware. But despite the huge interest in the topic, it can be surprising to find out how little companies know about protecting themselves from ransomware. Jon Toor, CMO of Cloudian, says that among the many things you can do, there’s… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  5. Podcast

    101 — The New Business Model of Ransomware

    PDI Software CTO Chris Berry says that it’s a matter of “when,” not “if,” your organization will be hit by a ransomware attack. And she’s right. On this episode of “10 on Tech,” Berry and ActualTech Media Partner James Green dive into the hottest topic in IT: the growing scourge o… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. observability

    You Have Monitoring—Do You Also Need Observability?

    Monitoring and observability can in some ways be compared to virtual machines (VMs) and containers: they share much in common, but have important differences that are important to understand. In the case of VMs and containers, they’re both methods of abstraction that allow portability of applic… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. Spotlight Series

    Cosmonic’s Goal Is To Make Developers’ Lives Easier

    In the early days of software development (and those days are unfortunately still with us in some companies), applications were handcuffed. They were typically built for a specific operating system like Windows or Linux, and designed to run on specific hardware. That limited the apps in numerous way… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Spotlight Series

    Modernize Your Legacy Apps with VirtaMove

    You want to take advantage of all the benefits of modern servers and operating systems, but your legacy apps are holding you back. That’s a story that many companies can tell. But VirtaMove wants to change the ending of that story. VirtaMove, as VP of Marketing Dan Moshkovich tells ActualTech M… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Data Center

    NetBeez Offers a Solution for Work from Home Scenarios

    “Help! My Zoom isn’t working! Everything on my screen’s blurry! Computers suck!” This is a familiar refrain from any helpdesk worker (and admin with helpdesk responsibilities) who’s been in the job more than a week. And those are for on-premises employees, with better infrastructure, mo… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Edge computing

    ‘VMware Edge’ Promises To Bring Order to Distributed Chaos

    VMware looks at the IT infrastructure world and sees disorder everywhere. And “VMware Edge,” a product suite announced at VMworld 2021, aims to bring order to the increasing state of disorder. Sanjay Uppal, VMware SVP & GM for the Service Provider & Edge Business Unit, put the problem in star… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Cloud

    VMware Peers into Multi-Cloud Future at VMworld 2021

      It’s clear that leveraging the public cloud is now table stakes for many IT organizations, no matter the size. The next frontier to conquer, and one that VMware took aim at during the keynote session for its 2021 VMworld conference, is multi-cloud. This direction makes sense for VMware. I… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. Networking

    Juniper To Focus on ‘Experience-First Networking’

    IT folks who sit through presentations of new vendor products tend to roll their eyes when they hear certain buzzwords. And none is more overused than “game-changer.” According to many vendors, even something as basic as adding two-factor authentication is a “game-changer.” (Note to vendors:… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. ransomware

    How Prepared Are You To Survive Ransomware? Just Check Your R-Score

    Ransomware can be hard to defend against. Difficulties begin with finding it in the first place, then stopping attacks, and, finally, recovering from those attacks. It’s so tough because the malware can have tentacles all throughout your infrastructure—on your servers, in your storage, on your n… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Podcast

    100 – Ransomware Is All About the Recovery Time

    Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know: it’s not uncommon at all for a ransomware payment to be only a small portion of the overall financial impact of an attack. The bigger part, quite often, is the income lost by the business downtime. Mihir Shah, CEO/Co-Founder, StorCentric, believes tha… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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