1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. VMworld 2018

    VMware Announces New vSphere Platinum Edition

    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 28, 2018 -- VMware has unveiled a new edition of its flagship vSphere product, one that bakes in AppDefense, its data center endpoint security product, resulting in a more secure environment whether on-premises or in a hybrid cloud setting. At VMworld in Las Vegas, the company ann… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. VMworld 2018

    VMworld 2018 Highlights Seven Key 2018 Tech Trends

    The annual virtualization confab will feature many of IT trends for 2018—containers, 5G and edge computing— that are critical for IT managers to consider. It’s been said that IT infrastructure isn’t sexy anymore. Many in the technology industry now regard the application layer as the hotspo… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  16. RoadCast

    Pavilion Data Provides the Benefits of NVMe Storage End-to-End

    NVMe is a type of incredibly fast storage that promises to revolutionize the IT industry. The problem is that unless the NVMe SSDs are locally attached, they're not fast enough for the most demanding applications. Until now. In this RoadCast video, ActualTech Media CEO Scott D. Lowe interviews Jeff… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Opinion

    On Women’s Equality Day, Five Women in Tech Leaders Share Their Insights

    This Sunday, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1878, granting women the right to vote. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. Since then, women have made great strides in breaking i… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. CIO

    IT Support May Be the Crucial Cloud Question

    Once IT teams are no longer having to hand-hold IT infrastructure every day, they won’t know the intricacies of its operation. This makes the support experience – both the ease of access to support, and the overall quality of the support – absolutely critical. What do other customers of that v… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  19. Briefing Update

    Aviatrix Simplifies Public Cloud Networking

    Networking is hard. It’s been hard since the early days of computing. It was hard with the rise of the x86-based data center, when commodity servers became a thing and moved into racks by the tens, dozens and hundreds. Having servers and other computers talk to each other is difficult enough when… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. VMworld 2018

    Apstra to Demonstrate Intent-Based Data Center Network Automation with VMware vSphere Integration at VMworld

    We are, of course, meeting with tons of IT companies at VMworld like we always do. One of the meetings I'm excited about this year is with Apstra. It's been about two years since I've had a good hard look at Apstra. They presented at Networking Field Day 13, for which I had a seat at the table. Si… Read More

    By James D. Green
  21. Opinion

    13 Things You Need To Do at VMworld 2018

    It’s August and you know what that means! VMworld is here. Since 2004, VMworld has been the preeminent conference for many a virtualization admin, and 2018 is no exception. Of course, over the years, we’ve seen constant change and constant adaptation as purveyors of all things virtual continuall… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe