1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. CIO

    VMware’s Licensing Change Redux: Better the Second Time Around

    The year was 2011. I was comfortably ensconced in my office at Westminster College watching as VMware brought out a marketing executive to discuss the company’s revolutionary new licensing program. As soon as I saw that it was a marketing person giving the news about a change in licensing, I thoug… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Cloud

    Report: Cloud Spend Tops Data Center Spend for First Time in 2019

    “Trend” stories have some value, in the same way virtual machine snapshots have some value: they’re helpful, and often quite helpful, as long as you understand their limitations. (And always remember: a snapshot is not a backup!) You know the end-of-year trend articles: “Top Stories of 20… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Kubernetes

    Google Anthos: Kubernetes the Easy Way

    Kubernetes continues to gain popularity in the industry, and shows no signs of slowing down. This container management platform has essentially won the container wars, and is now the de facto orchestration tool for containers. Kubernetes is popular because managing containers is a serious pain. B… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. security

    WannaCry Ransomware Hits Hard in 2019

    If your organization was pummeled by the WannaCry virus last year, you’re not alone: nearly a quarter of all ransomware attacks were of that variety. And the damage it did was staggering. That’s according to PreciseSecurity.com, which reported that WannaCry was the most common crypto ransomwa… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Podcast

    082 – It’s Been 34 Days: Do You Still Have the Boss’s Email?

    It’s the nightmare scenario for every admin: the CEO has deleted an email related to a multi-million dollar project, and needs it back. The hitch: he deleted it 34 days ago, and your Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider only provides 30 days’ worth of backups. Uh oh. This is an issue that… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Podcast

    081 – A Question of Data Sovereignty

    Thanks to regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), organizations are more aware than ever of the need to protect the privacy of customer data. And the GDPR is just the beginning: the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The problem is that k… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Podcast

    080 – Remove All the Bottlenecks!

    Data center storage is evolving constantly, and one of the most crucial areas is in lower latency. Latency, after all, impacts everything in your operations. And cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) demand the lowest latency possible. Delivering th… Read More

    By Keith Ward