1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Podcast

    089  – The Cloud and the Pandemic

    Coronavirus has taken a terrible toll on the world, and changed everything. On the IT side, one of the most obvious ways things have changed is the “new normal” of cloud computing moving to the center of operations. Even when business starts to return, there will be more remote work than ever… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Podcast

    088  – Moore's Law Is Dead: What It Means for Storage

    Moore’s Law, which held that processor speeds would double every 18 months to 2 years, is dead, according to Pliops President/CBO Steve Fingerhut. Because of that, the burden now falls on storage to provide the kind of performance that the current IT environment demands. Fingerhut discusses the… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Cloud

    Branch Maintenance via Out-of-Band Management

    Out-of-band management, aka OOBM, plays a vital role in modern IT operations of all sizes and scales. Indeed, OOBM might be judged “mission critical” for headquarters operations and data centers alike. But OOBM is tremendously important for satellite IT operations, as well, most notably for b… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. Cloud

    Stay Connected with Out-of-Band Management

    During a security assessment, auditors always ask this one question: “How do you manage your devices?” The answer should be: “out-of-band management.” Is that your answer? If not, you may have issues that need immediate attention. What Is Out-of-Band Management? Let’s get started wi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Data Center

    Systems Management and the FCAPS Standard

    Managing systems and networks ultimately means understanding what they comprise, what they can do, and who’s allowed to use them. In IT, systems and network management is an important discipline with a long history, with many approaches and tools to implement them. FCAPS Sets the Management Sta… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Sponsored

    Tips for Proper Out-of-Band Network Design

    Out-of-band (OOB) networking provides a separate, independent pathway in and out of systems and networks. OOB doesn’t depend on production networks to access equipment, perform management and monitoring tasks, make repairs, or access data for legal or technical reasons. But what’s the proper… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. Podcast

    087  – Tech Conferences Ain’t Dead!

    COVID-19 has changed everything, and hit every area of life. That’s also true for the tech industry, and no part of our industry has been hit harder than tech conferences. What’s their future? That’s what ActualTech Media Partner James Green and HashiCorp Head of Global Events & Experientia… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. Podcast

    086 – Kubernetes Grows Up

    How is Kubernetes like the virtualization industry? They both got their start as niche technologies, but as their usefulness became evident, they started to get more mainstream adoption. That led to more development of the technology, extending it further, which led to more adoption, and so on. K… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Podcast

    085 - Don’t be Scared of Security

    There are many things to be worried about these days when it comes to IT security. There’s so much to know that it can be difficult to even know how to get started. As ActualTech Media Partner James Green says in this edition of “10 on Tech” with Devolutions, doing nothing means possibly leavi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Podcast

    083 - The ‘Keys’ to Proper Key Management

    It may seem odd at first glance for a traditional storage company like StorMagic to branch out into the area of security—specifically, key management. But as StorMagic Chief Marketing and Product Officer Bruce Kornfeld explains, it’s actually a natural progression. After all, in this day of d… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Podcast

    084 - Proper Cybersecurity Starts With Getting Back To Basics

    You know you need to implement proper cybersecurity in your environment. But how do you do that? Where do you even start? That’s the topic of this episode of “10 on Tech,” featuring Liam Downward and Michael Hogue of Data Spotlite. They discuss these issues and more with ActualTech Media Pa… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. security

    SASE: Rethinking Network Security in the Age of the Globally Distributed Cloud

    Today's network security solutions are proving inadequate, based on a major shift in the spotlight on where data and resources are located and work is performed in the enterprise network. With the increase in remote-based users, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and globally distributed cloud service… Read More

    By James Pyles
  21. CIO

    How Impactful Is VMware’s New Core-Limited Licensing?

    This week, VMware announced new licensing restrictions for vSphere, which I wrote about here.  I wanted to get more understanding for how impactful this change would be for existing customers.  On today’s ActualTech Media EcoCast, I asked our audience for two pieces of information.  The first a… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe