1. Data Center

    Exploring New Opportunities Via Network Functions Virtualization

    5G is set to give the global economy a huge boost, enabling an estimated $13.2 trillion of economic output by 2035. That wealth will be generated across a wide range of industries, building on the new capabilities 5G brings. These capabilities include: Mobile broadband. Users will be able to… Read More

    By Sean McManus
  2. Cloud

    Offload Inactive Data to the Cloud and Drive Down Storage Costs

    Most files have a similar lifecycle: They’re created, revised several times, and then seldom used again. Unfortunately, files can rarely just be deleted. They may need to be kept for legal reasons, or an application may require them to exist in order to function. So even though they’re rarely us… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
  3. Cloud

    How Containers Enable Cloud-Native Development

    In a fast-paced world where users expect software to work quickly and respond promptly to changes, containers are vital. Containers are part of the technologies in cloud-native development. They support faster software design and better operations by compartmentalizing software units. A container… Read More

    By Kris Flores
  4. Cloud

    Balancing Load, Capacity, and Throughput Across Your File Storage Environment

    IT departments often have multiple file storage systems, but storage isn’t distributed equally across them. If one filer is full while others sit nearly empty, it’s not an issue of negligence on the part of IT administrators: Capacity-balancing a fleet of filers has traditionally been difficult… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
  5. Cloud

    Streamlining Placement of Scattered Data on File and Object Storage

    Many organizations have data stored in a wide range of locations on a distributed infrastructure. There can be good reasons for this, but it can also cause chaos. Everyone wants high-throughput, low-latency access to the files they need. They want those files to be easy to find, and they want all of… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
  6. Cloud

    New Gorilla Guide To…® vRealize Operations 8.1 and Cloud

    “Self-driving IT operations.” It sounds like a pipe dream, doesn’t it? After all, with the complexity of today’s distributed, cloud-focused environment, data and applications can (and do!) live anywhere—on-premises, a hybrid cloud, a public cloud, and multiple clouds. How can all that scat… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. data

    Climb Aboard the Client-Serverless Train With Fauna

    I write novels as a hobby (I jokingly call it my “non-profit corporation”), and there’s an old saying among fiction writers: Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. That means, in essence, that if you love a particular character or element in your book, but it doesn’t make your book better… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Podcast

    094 – Stateful Apps with Kubernetes Is No Longer Just a Dream

    Ionir CEO Jacob Cherian calls his company a “container-native, enterprise software-defined storage and data management platform for Kubernetes.” That’s a mouthful! And it might be hard to even grasp what all that means. That’s why Cherian had a talk with ActualTech Media Partner James Gre… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Cloud

    The Data Migration Confidence Game

    There’s no doubt that moving data to the public cloud is something nearly every organization of any size needs to be doing, or at least considering. The explosion of data is like the expansion of the universe—it’s accelerating, and showing no signs of slowing. All that data, whether structu… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Podcast

    093 – The Supreme Importance Of Understanding Your Data

    You’re an IT admin. You’ve been tasked with expanding your storage infrastructure. You know that the cloud is the way to go. But there’s a big question facing you: what data do you have, and how do you sort out the most important data from the less important data? And then, how do you move it… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Podcast

    092 – Prepare Yourself for ‘Phishing 2.0’

    Phishing is evolving. The bad guys are getting better at tricking end users and getting their information, and they’re starting to use more sophisticated techniques, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), to find and exploit more targets. The way to fight back, accord… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. DevOps

    Couchbase Virtual Event Runs from Oct. 14-16

    Among the things the unprecedented year of 2020 will be remembered for, at least in the IT industry, is virtual conferences. Unable to meet face-to-face with their customers and potential customers, companies have done the next best thing and held online shows with many of the same features, includi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Storage

    How COVID-19 has Changed Data Storage Management

    Data storage management has matured to the point of being an almost automatic element of overall IT operational strategies in large-scale enterprises. The arrival of COVID, however,  forced many of these businesses to send the majority of their employees home, revealing some very noticeable perform… Read More

    By Cary Kostka
  14. artificial intelligence

    How AI Is Evolving End User Computing

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of those buzzwords that we hear frequently but often associate with bigger-picture applications. As AI has started to have a firmer foothold in our lives, it’s gaining recognition as a powerful end user computing (EUC) tool. Not only is the end user able to auto… Read More

    By Cary Kostka
  15. Podcast

    091  – Minimizing Cloud ‘Sticker Shock’

    It’s becoming an increasingly common story: a company moves some operations and data to the cloud, figuring all its problems will be solved. Then the bill comes. Heart attacks ensue. And just as swiftly, the company pulls back from the cloud. It doesn’t have to be that way, according to Da… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. DevOps

    Why Companies Succeed — and Fail — With Containers

    Although containers (the virtual kind) have been around awhile, it still feels like they’re brand new. Contrast that with virtual machines, which have been in common usage for 15 years now. Will containers one day seem as mainstream as virtual machines? It’s hard to say, but there’s certain… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. DevOps

    Good DevOps, Part 3: Continuous Delivery and Deployment

    In the second blog in this series on DevOps, you’ve learned what continuous integration (CI) is and how it benefits an organization. The ability to commit code and have it built in a centralized location that all developers are committing to is the key to getting the code ready to use. But CI i… Read More

    By Adam Bertram
  18. DevOps

    Good DevOps, Part 2: Continuous Integration

    So you’ve got all of your code stored in GitHub or some other source control system. That’s a great first step! But now you have another problem: you and your team have to remember to kick off some other routines once new code is checked in. You may have to run tests on that code and launch a bu… Read More

    By Adam Bertram
  19. DevOps

    Good DevOps, Part 1: Take Your Time

    Continuously delivering value to end users, the business, and the rest of the teams inside an organization has always been crucial. But why are we hearing about it so much now? What is this whole DevOps thing, and why put “continuous” in front of so many words? DevOps, and its set of continuo… Read More

    By Adam Bertram
  20. Software Development

    What’s the Future of Java and Other Java Virtual Machine Languages?

    Among the many innovations Java introduced was the exposure of its internal byte code, or “virtual machine.” Many languages by then (1995) were converted or compiled into some intermediate format before being assembled into native machine code, but Java’s designers placed this virtual machine… Read More

    By Andrew Orem
  21. Podcast

    090  – Blurring the Memory/Storage Lines

    It’s the age-old IT tradeoff: the speed of memory, with its lack of persistence, vs. storage, which is slower but persistent. More and more, however, this tradeoff is being minimized, with new technologies offering the promise of both speed and persistence. MemVerge is one of the companies at t… Read More

    By Keith Ward