1. Cloud

    SADA Goes All-In on Google Cloud Platform

    When it comes to public cloud, there are three leaders, and then all the rest. Those leaders are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). And they’re in that order, as well—AWS at the top, followed by Azure, with GCP in third. If that’s the case, does it… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Podcast

    074 – Qumulo and the Problem of ‘Data Blindness’

    Most companies are great at creating data—it’s why the industry’s drowning in data lakes. But for most, they’re not nearly as good at knowing important details about that data. Without that information—being “blind” to your data’s characteristics—you’re put at a competitive disad… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Podcast

    073 – It's Midnight: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

    So, you’ve got lots of data, and it’s stored here, there, and everywhere. How do you manage it all? And beyond that, how do you put it to use in your environment, to do business-enhancing things like artificial intelligence and machine learning? That’s what this episode of “10 on Tech”… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Cloud

    5 Things To Know About Office 365 and Microsoft Azure

    Let’s get the obvious out of the way: when you start SaaS-ifying and cloud-ifying your IT operations, things change. Lots of things. This isn’t your father’s data center anymore—network traffic patterns change, security requirements get a lot more complex, and your data suddenly expands beyo… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  5. Podcast

    072 – It’s Like AWS S3 Storage, Only 75% Cheaper

    Many know the storage company Backblaze from their groundbreaking and justifiably famous “hard drive stats,” in which they publish data on hard drive failures within their data centers. Others know them from their consumer backup offerings. But did you know that Backblaze also offers enterpri… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. Opinion

    Beef Up Your Perimeter Security With SD-WAN

    The business perimeter of today’s financial organizations continues to expand and blur due to big data, mobility, cloud, internet of things (IoT) and other technology advancements. While these innovations and the associated perimeter expansion has enabled tremendous leaps forward in IT and busines… Read More

    By Michelle Arney
  7. CIO

    How to Make Enterprise Software Training More Efficient

    Whether its for the IT department or for HR, employee training is essential in the modern workplace. At one time, flying employees to expensive, instructor-led training was the norm. In recent years, however, budgetary concerns have driven many organizations either to adopt video-based training as a… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  8. Podcast

    071 – Even SMBs Can Have a Data Warehouse

    The reality is that every business knows it needs to do more with its data. The problem is that this reality bumps into another reality, especially for smaller companies—the lack of resources to implement full data infrastructure. Automation to the rescue! Offloading this chore can enable organ… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Data Center

    HPE Nimble dHCI Combines Benefits of Both CI and HCI

    As I was wandering around the floor at VMworld 2019, one product in particular caught my eye—mainly because it seemed like an oxymoron. Intrigued, I had to find out more. That product was in the HPE booth, and is branded “Nimble Storage dHCI.” I asked the booth worker what the “d” stood… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Podcast

    070 – AIOps: the Future Is Now

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    By Keith Ward
  11. Cloud

    The Importance of Achieving and Maintaining GDPR Compliance

    In 2016, the European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This set of regulatory requirements, which went into effect in May 2018, is designed to help citizens of the EU to regain control over how their personal data is used. At the same time, though, the regulation impo… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  12. Podcast

    069 – Security Via Addresses and Ports Is Dead

    “This notion that address and port mean something is long since over.” That provocative statement about network security comes from Peter Smith, founder/CEO of Edgewise, as he spoke with ActualTech Media Partner James Green about Zero Trust on this episode of “10 on Tech.” Peter’s talki… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Cloud

    Software Training Labs in the Modern Enterprise

    Not all that long ago, software training in the enterprise was largely based around the use of informational videos. While video-based training does have its place, it isn’t ideal. Videos sometimes contain knowledge gaps, and there isn’t a way for a student to ask the instructor questions in rea… Read More

    By Jeremy Hess
  14. Podcast

    068 – Unlock the Potential in Your Data

    Dremio Founder and CEO Tomer Shiran calls his company a “cloud data lake engine.” It sounds very sophisticated—but what does that really mean? Basically, it means that his company will connect all your data, whether it’s in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or on-premises (or so… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. VMworld 2019

    VMworld, Day 2: the Network Is the Thing

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27– As is typical for day two of VMworld, the keynote session focused less on VMware product announcements and big vision statements, and more on the practical side of its portfolio. The day one keynote was all about Kubernetes and containers. Today’s keynote was more admi… Read More

    By James D. Green
  16. Podcast

    067 – ‘Zero Trust’ in Multi-cloud Environments

    The concept of “zero trust” is becoming the standard security model in the industry, and that’s a great thing. But zero trust also comes with its own set of challenges; one of the biggest is scaling, especially when the environment extends beyond the on-premises boundaries of the traditional d… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. News

    VMware vRealize Automation 8.0 Gets a Modern Makeover

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 - vRealize Automation, one of VMware's key products, has gotten a full version upgrade, going from 7.6 to 8.0. The announcement was made during VMworld 2019, VMware's showcase event. VMware has radically redesigned the entire architecture, ripping out the previous guts and rep… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  18. VMworld 2019

    VMware Unveils Its Kubernetes-Fueled Future

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26—If there was one theme that came through the opening keynote presentation at VMworld 2019, it was this: going forward, VMware is all-in on Kubernetes. In its headlong pursuit of cloud computing market share, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger made a slew of announcements, and most… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. News

    VMware and Dell EMC Announce HCI-as-a-Service—In Your Own Data Center

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 26 - At VMworld 2019, Dell and VMware announced what they call "Datacenter as a service." A big enabler of this is hyperconverged infrastructure, whose popularity has been exploding. HCI's ability to combine hardware and software into a single package greatly simplifies installati… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  20. Podcast

    066 – Achieving High Availability for Your Cloud Apps Through Clustering

    There are plenty of people who believe that the public cloud somehow confers availability to applications by its very nature. But that’s a myth—and a potentially dangerous one as well, because you may find out, via a call from the boss, that the mission-critical app you’re hosting on Amazon We… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Podcast

    065 – Backing Up Your Software-as-a-Service

    When you’re using Office 365, do you believe that Microsoft is taking care of the backups of that crucial information? If so, you’re living under a dangerous delusion. That’s because Microsoft takes care of its own infrastructure. When it comes to your data sitting on their infrastructure,… Read More

    By Keith Ward