1. Backup

    Veritas Ramps Up Its Cloud Data Protection Offerings

    Most companies use some form of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Even those who are dragged kicking and screaming into the cloud era use things like Box, Slack, and other services. And during the pandemic, that trend has accelerated like a bullet train, since workforces are now dispersed and data and a… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. security

    Are You Experiencing Cybersecurity Tool Fatigue?

    According to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, spending on cybersecurity for infrastructure will reach nearly $106 billion this year, an increase of about $9 billion over last year. Referring to the SolarWinds hack, Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director at ABI Research… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Cloud

    Are You Ready for ‘Cloud First’ Computing?

    “Cloud first.” It’s what many organizations—maybe most—say they want to be these days. Some even are. But for the vast majority, it’s still an aspirational goal more than anything else. Companies inherently understand the value of being “cloud first,” since we’re well beyond the er… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Spotlight Series

    Alkira Connects You To Any Cloud, Anywhere

    David Klebanov, head of product marketing for Alkira, asks a fascinating question during his discussion with ActualTech Media Partner James Green: What if you’d had the chance to design your network with the cloud in mind? That’s what drove the idea behind Alkira, which offers networking (or… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  5. Spotlight Series

    HYCU Says It’s ‘All About the Recovery’

    Simon Taylor, CEO of HYCU, says “It’s not about backup. Anybody can build backup. It’s about great recovery,” what does he mean? He means, in IT terms, that backup is now just table stakes—it’s baked in. But when you’re hit with a ransomware attack, what businesses need to know is h… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. Spotlight Series

    Lightbits Offers NVMe Performance with All-Flash Features

    There’s no doubt that NVMe is lightning-fast storage. The problem is that it’s confined to servers. But what if you could break it free from those constraints, and pool it? It could open up new worlds of speed as well as scalability. Lightbits Labs has done just that, as VP of Product Marketi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. Spotlight Series

    Focus on Your Business, Rather Than Managing Storage, with StorPool

    Unless you’re in the data storage management business, why would you want to spend time managing your storage? It’s a question StorPool asked from the beginning, and why they built a platform to remove the storage management burden from your shoulders. StorPool CEO and Co-Founder Boyan Ivanov… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Spotlight Series

    ZeeTim Makes VDI Management Easy

    We are firmly in the era of remote computing. The worldwide pandemic has only accelerated the need to work remotely, forcing companies to find ways to deliver software and applications to end users scattered all over the globe. In other words, endpoints are exploding, bringing virtual desktop inf… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Podcast

    095 – The Next Revolution: Networking at the Edge

    IT infrastructure has broken through. It’s no longer in an on-premises walled garden—data, applications, and hardware can live anywhere. That means new opportunities for business, but it also brings new challenges, especially when it comes to tying all these newly-disparate pieces together. T… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. security

    Executive Q&A With Ananda Networks: Security Needs a Makeover

    Information security has been an issue ever since two computers were first joined together to share data. And now that most of the computers on the planet are networked—computers in this sense being anything from an IBM Z mainframe to an Apple Watch—security has become more important, and more c… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Spotlight Series

    Putting IT Vendors In the Spotlight

    In December 2020, ActualTech Media undertook a new project: a “Spotlight Series” of videos that provides a chance to get to know a particular IT vendor and what their product does. The Spotlight Series started life as “RoadCast,” which had the same goal, but the videos were done in person… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. Data Center

    Simplifying Management with VMware vRealize Operations Extensibility

    One of the fundamental truths of enterprise IT is that management tool consolidation improves operational efficiency. It’s easier for an IT pro to use a single solution to collectively monitor all of their applications and infrastructure/cloud resources than to take a piecemeal approach to monitor… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  13. security

    Deep Instinct: Cybersecurity Through Deep Learning

    Ransomware. Viruses. Malware. Zero-day attacks. The threats to your company’s systems and data are growing, and the bad guys are getting better at evading detection. The solution? To be smarter than they are. Deep Instinct does that by applying “deep learning” to cybersecurity, using advanc… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Kubernetes

    Customized Kubernetes with Spectro Cloud

    It’s not exactly breaking news to say that Kubernetes is hard. And the more complex your environment—both on- and off-premises—the more difficult it is to deploy and manage. Spectro Cloud understands this, and also recognizes that your environment is unique to your business. That means a on… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. Software Development

    Render Wants To ‘Make DevOps Go Away’

    When Anurag Goel, CEO of Render, says that his company’s goal is to “make DevOps go away,” what does he mean? As he tells ActualTech Media Partner James Green in this Spotlight Series video chat, he means that there should be as little friction as possible between the developer and the depl… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. security

    TrapX Offers Deception as a Service

    Does Deception as a Service sound like something you’d actually want? If TrapX is doing it, the answer’s Yes! In this case, TrapX is offering a way to make “honeypots” scalable and agile. Steve Preston, SVP, Strategy & Growth for TrapX, explains how it’s done in this Spotlight Series vi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Cloud

    Protect Your Cloud-Native Environment with Isovalent

    IT networking and security were never easy, but they were certainly easier back when everything was behind the walled garden of a data center. Those days are long gone, replaced by cloud-based environments in which data and application components can be, basically, anywhere. Nowadays, understandi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. artificial intelligence

    Scala Computing Offers Hyperscale Simulations

    So, you want to add machine learning or artificial intelligence to your most mission-critical application. Do you have any idea how that will affect the network, the application and, ultimately, your end users? With Scala Computing, you can try it out virtually before flipping the switch in your dat… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Kubernetes

    Weaveworks and the Concept of ‘GitOps’

    If you spend any time in IT, you’ve heard of DevOps. You’ve probably also heard other “Ops” variations, including DataOps, SecOps, and DevSecOps. Well, here’s one you likely haven’t come across, but one that will become more and more important going forward: GitOps. GitOps was coined… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. artificial intelligence

    Espressive Brings Help to the Helpdesk

    “When it came to the employee experience, it was like 1995.” So says Pat Calhoun, and that’s what drove him to create Espressive, which aims to modernize the tradition-bound helpdesk experience and make things better for the end user. In this edition of the Spotlight Series of IT interviews… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Data Center

    Monitoring Your Applications with VMware vRealize Operations

    One of most compelling features of VMware vRealize Operations is its ability to monitor both operating systems and applications such as Microsoft Exchange, MySQL, and Oracle WebLogic Server. VMware vRealize Operations uses application metrics to help identify conditions that might eventually lead to… Read More

    By Brien Posey