1. RoadCast

    Scaling Performance Up, Keeping Headcount Down With Quobyte Storage

    The data tsunami is real, and it’s hitting the shores of IT right now. One of the biggest downsides of the astonishing rise in data is that it’s getting harder to manage the storage side. How do you do that without a lot of manpower? Quobyte thinks they have the answer. CEO Bjorn Kolbeck, a f… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. RoadCast

    The Evolution from MySQL to MariaDB

    Being a database vendor means being in a very crowded marketplace. There are so many out there, doing a plethora of different things. How do you stand out in the midst of that crowd? MariaDB, a relational, transactional and open source database created by the original developers of MySQL, does it b… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. RoadCast

    Couchbase: Purpose-Built NoSQL for the Cloud

    In the cloud era, it’s all about scale. In that regard, databases have had their issues, as they’re often not built for the massive scale necessary. But Couchbase, a NoSQL database for mission-critical applications, was built with scale in mind. In this RoadCast video, Couchbase CTO Ravi Mayu… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. RoadCast

    Programmability and Performance Without Compromise with Barefoot Networks

    Barefoot Networks is a 5-year-old company that’s trying to fundamentally change the way that networks are built by bringing the power of software to the data plane. Their open source, domain-specific programming language called P4 (P4.org) is built expressly for the purpose of bossing around their… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. RoadCast

    Speeding Cloud-Native App Development with Rockset

    Building cloud-native applications is much different than using traditional software development methods. Cloud-native apps by nature are distributed, and need fast access to data to function well. The founders of the startup Rockset, which just came out of stealth, understand that, and built a s… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. RoadCast

    What Do You Get When You Cross a Drobo with a Nexsan?

    You may not know StorCentric, but it's likely you know the two companies it recently acquired, Drobo and Nexsan. In this RoadCast video, ActualTech Media Partner David Davis discusses the decisions to buy those storage companies with StorCentric CEO Mihir Shah. Shah explains how the consumer-focused… Read More

    By James D. Green
  7. RoadCast

    Get Ahead of the Bad Guys with DataVisor

    The bad guys are getting smarter. When it comes to online attacks, malicious actors are getting more sophisticated at evading detection and pretending to be real users. This is a serious, growing problem that DataVisor is aiming to combat. In this RoadCast video, DataVisor CEO/Co-founder Yinglian… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. RoadCast

    How Does Backblaze Do It for $5 a Month?

    Backblaze is all about backing up your most important personal or business asset: your data. This means it’s crucial that they have your trust. And one unique way they do that is by being completely honest about their hard drives. In this RoadCast video, ActualTech Media Partner David Davis tal… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. RoadCast

    Taking the Fear Out of Virtual Machine Migrations

    Moving your workloads from one infrastructure to a new one can be scary; if something breaks, it can have devastating consequences for your organization. Making that migration less of a nightmare is what Sureline Systems is all about. In this RoadCast video, ActualTech Media Partner David Davis t… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Podcast

    042 – Career Advice From the CTO Advisor

    Keith Townsend is one of the most prominent members of the IT community, with a long and varied background spanning multiple years and many job roles. Having recently joined VMware, he’s now added “vendor employee” to his list of titles. In this episode of “10 on Tech,” ActualTech Media… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Cloud

    Optimizing Workloads for the Cloud

    Every day, more organizations are moving to the cloud. It’s typically not a wholesale move, but bits and pieces here and there. And too often, when workloads are moved to the cloud, there’s a tendency for admins to “set it and forget it.” After all, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and so on are re… Read More

    By Brian Kirsch
  12. News

    Announcing the Launch of The Countermeasure!

    We're *incredibly* excited to pull back the curtain on something we've been working on intensely for the last three months... Today, we're proud to announce the launch of The Countermeasure: a weekly, analysis-rich security newsletter with a focus on the impact of infosec developments on the ente… Read More

    By Geordie Carswell
  13. Podcast

    041 – Hands-Off Data Center Infrastructure

    It’s what many admins would call Nirvana – the ability to automate your infrastructure to the point where you almost don’t have to touch it. Is it just a pipe dream? Ned Bellavance says No! In this episode of “10 on Tech,” ActualTech Media Partner James Green chats with Ned, the directo… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Sponsored

    Free eBook: The Gorilla Guide to... VMware vRealize Operations by vExpert, David M Davis

    After publishing over 50 blog posts on VMware vRealize Operations Manager and after working with the solution for 3+ years, I decided to consolidate that knowledge into a book. My hope is that, out of this book, many more IT Professionals can learn the value of VMware vRealize Operations, its ease o… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  15. Podcast

    040 – Ransomware and the Cloud: A Deadly Combination

    Time was, the chief disasters that worried IT were natural disasters – things like fires, floods, earthquakes and tornados. In other words, you had to worry about your on-premises data center going down. But that’s changing, as more pieces of your data center move offsite. With Infrastructure-as… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. Podcast

    039 - ‘Hyperconverged Kubernetes’? Yes, It’s a Thing

    You’re probably used to the idea of hyperconvergence as it’s applied to storage, servers and networking. But you’re probably not aware that the principles of hyperconvergence can be applied to Kubernetes! This episode of “10 on Tech” teases out that concept. ActualTech Media’s James G… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Podcast

    038 - Doing More – Much More – With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    Hyperconverged infrastructure, also known as HCI, used to be thought of as appliances that basically brought together storage, compute and networking into a single box. But that definition, and the way of doing HCI in general, is changing. That’s the focus of this “10 on Tech” podcast, whic… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. CIO

    A Microsoft Teams vs. Slack Update: Three Weeks In

    A lot of people commented on my original article detailing why my company, ActualTech Media, made the jump away from Slack to Microsoft Teams. Now that we’re at the three-week point, it’s becoming clear where we’re seeing benefits and where there are challenges that we hope Microsoft addresses… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  19. Podcast

    037 - Cray-Z Performance: Storage for HPC

    When you think of Cray and computing, images of gigantic supercomputers are likely to spring to mind. With good reason: Cray is all about extreme performance at extreme scale. On this week’s “10 on Tech” podcast, Cray discusses how storage is the key to what they do. Mark Wiertalla, Marketi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Data Center

    Meeting the Challenges of Managing Microservices-based Applications

    It used to be so much easier to do application performance management (APM). Remember? Monolithic, old-school apps didn’t have that many dependencies. Fewer moving parts meant less to monitor. It also meant greater visibility of those parts. Less data collected. Fewer issues (but by no means few)… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Data Center

    Tutorial: Deploying a Cumulus Linux Demo Environment With Vagrant

    Thanks to ActualTech Media’s relationship with the Cumulus Networks team, I had the opportunity to attend an onsite bootcamp at Cumulus HQ in Mountain View, Calif., where a Cumulus professional services consultant (David Marshall) trained myself and a few others on the ins and outs of Cumulus Linu… Read More

    By James D. Green