1. Opinion

    Tech Industry Professionals Share Their Views and Tips on Data Privacy Day

    This Sunday marks the 11th anniversary of Data Privacy Day, which was created to raise awareness and promote the protection of personal privacy and data. The occasion first started in 2008 as an extension of European Data Protection day, which started in 1981 with the signing of Convention 108, the… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. Opinion

    Cloud Computing Boosts Server Sales

    Contrary to popular perception in the IT industry, server sales are not dying out: in fact, they’re experiencing a growth spurt. And the type of growth says a lot about where we may be headed in the near- and long-term. Gartner Inc. recently released its worldwide server revenue tracker, showin… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Opinion

    How hyperconverged efficiency allows IT teams to trim resources without sacrificing quality

    World renowned consultant, educator, and author Peter Drucker said, “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” When it comes to IT operational efficiency, doing things right means streamlining IT. By doing so, IT organizations can save time and expenses –… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. Opinion

    Spartans and Servers and Storage, Oh My!

    In 480 B.C., during the Greco-Persian wars, the famous Battle of Thermopylae took place between the invading Persian Empire led by king Xerxes and an alliance of Greek city-states led by Leonidas of Sparta. You may remember Leonidas and this battle from the movie "300." The battle was notable and… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Opinion

    Intent-Based Networking is a Logical Next Step for SDN

    For years, many have been talking about the future of IT in terms of software, prefixing every resource with “software-defined” as a way to help end users understand that emerging products are different than their predecessors in some fundamental ways.  A lot of jokes have been launched as this… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  6. Opinion

    Backup and Recovery in the Cloud: Simplification is Actually Really Hard

    Still doing all of your backup and recovery locally?  “To the cloud” will be the rallying cry that you hear from, well, pretty much everyone these days.  After all, it’s super easy to retarget your backups at the cloud and drink all of that sweet, sweet unlimited storage capacity and never h… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  7. Opinion

    More Isn't Always Better

    At Tech Field Day 14 in Boston a few weeks ago, the delegates had a chance to hear from Turbonomic. I had a special dose of excitement for this presentation for a few reasons. First of all, VMTurbo (Turbonomic’s old name) was a presenter at my first-ever Tech Field Day event back in early 2014… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. Opinion

    Why Do Technology Vendors Invest In Open Source?

    At Tech Field Day 14, NetApp (@netapp) kicked off the event as the first presenter and also brought the biggest surprise of the event. In a refreshingly modern and progressive set of presentations, the presenters discussed NetApp’s open source contributions and their integrations with cloudy tools… Read More

    By James D. Green
  9. Opinion

    Can Oracle Build a Viable Public Cloud?

    What if I told you that Oracle was building a public cloud offering that could rival the offerings from AWS, Microsoft, and Google? If you're like most folks in enterprise IT, you'd have one of two reactions: you'd either laugh me out of the room and never invite me back, or you'd think that I ha… Read More

    By James D. Green
  10. Opinion

    Ransomware Liability and the Future of Security

    If you’ve visited any tech related web site in the past week, you’re painfully aware of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.  This one has been really bad as it exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patch in mid-March of this year.  For those that patched their systems, things may no… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. Opinion

    Tech Marketers: What Do IT Pros and Decision-Maker Audiences Really Want?

    Tech marketers across the globe are working hard to get the word out about their products and services. If you're a tech marketer, you know that it can be tough sometimes to connect with in-the-trenches people that are always too busy and budget strapped to look at new solutions on a regular basis.… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  12. Opinion

    2017 Enterprise IT Secrets Revealed!

    First off, 2017 will see an increase in the quantity of clickbait article titles... Each year about this time, analysts, bloggers, and random people on the street start to prognosticate about the coming year, seeking to predict the trend that will define the year, the hype that will get blown out… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  13. Opinion

    The Container Storage Persistence Challenge

    As you heard in the above video, there are many players addressing the problem of persistent storage for containers. I promised to highlight two that I think are particularly interesting to us in the enterprise space. Here's a quick note about each of them. Portworx We interviewed the CEO of Port… Read More

    By James D. Green
  14. Opinion

    The Silent Threat of Dark Data

    [su_spoiler title="Disclosure" icon="plus-circle" anchor="disclosure"] This post is based on observations I made while attending Tech Field Day 12. I wasn't compensated for writing this post, nor was I compensated for attending the event. My travel and incidentals to attend the event were cover… Read More

    By James D. Green
  15. Opinion

    A Look at Illumio's Adaptive Security Platform

    At VMworld about two months ago, we had the opportunity to meet with Alan Cohen, who is the Chief Commercial Officer at Illumio. We were also joined by PJ Kirner, CTO and co-founder at Illumio. Both of these gentlemen (as well as the rest of the Illumio leadership team) have a track record of buildi… Read More

    By James D. Green
  16. Opinion

    Microsoft Has Out-Appled Apple While Apple Loses Its Way

    I don't write a lot about non-enterprise IT stuff, but in this case, I’m making an exception. I used to be a Windows guy and was vehemently anti-Apple… and then I gave it a real chance and discovered, well, I was wrong.  Apple was releasing products that worked extremely well while, at the s… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  17. Opinion

    Stories From the 2016 Emerging Technology Summit

    The Emerging Technology Summit took over Edina, Minnesota earlier this week as DeltaWare Data Solutions brought in a variety of their partners to meet with and teach their customers and prospects on various progressive IT topics. Some of the ActualTech Media team was also in attendance, speaking an… Read More

    By James D. Green
  18. Opinion

    Microsoft #Ignite 2016 - In Review by @DavidMDavis

    There was a lot of excitement recently at the Microsoft’s annual user conference – Ignite 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 23,000 IT Pros in attendance from around the world, bigtime keynotes in the arena, and countless new innovations across a wide breath of products – it was a great show!… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  19. Opinion

    Have We Really Outgrown RAID?

    The industry has been talking about this for a few years now, but it's becoming a real and present concern. RAID protection schemes have been used for a long time to protect data, either by mirroring the same data across redundant drives or by calculating parity across a collection of drives such th… Read More

    By James D. Green
  20. Opinion

    Greasing the Skids on Object Storage

    Anybody heavily entrenched in the storage aspect of IT infrastructure is excited about object storage these days. And for a good reason. Data for some of the biggest cloud-based services available today is often stored as objects. Using an object storage solution allows for massive scale and durabil… Read More

    By James D. Green
  21. Opinion

    Join the ActualTech Media Team at the 2016 Emerging Technology Summit!

    We're excited to announce that we're going to be in attendance at the 2016 Emerging Technology Summit organized by DeltaWare Data Systems on Tuesday, October 25th in Minneapolis, MN.  This one-day summit is an annual educational trade show focusing on state of the art, dynamic technologies that… Read More

    By James D. Green