1. Opinion

    HPE Nimble dHCI Combines Benefits of Both CI and HCI

    As I was wandering around the floor at VMworld 2019, one product in particular caught my eye—mainly because it seemed like an oxymoron. Intrigued, I had to find out more. That product was in the HPE booth, and is branded “Nimble Storage dHCI.” I asked the booth worker what the “d” stood… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Opinion

    The Great Slack to Teams Migration: 1 Year Later

    On a fateful day in August 2018, we made the decision to extricate ourselves from Slack and jump headfirst into Microsoft Teams.  I’ve previously written about our early experiences here and here.  It was September of 2018 when we officially cut over from Slack to Teams, but we’d been doing a… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  3. Opinion

    HPE Wants to SaaSify All the Clouds

    Will you be satisfied if everything is SaaSified?  You’ll eventually be able to find out thanks to HPE’s GreenLake.  HPE GreenLake is a service from HPE that enables a consumption-based model for the services offered under the program.  As time goes on HPE is adding more products and services… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. Opinion

    Predictability: The King of Infrastructure Outcomes

    Workload performance predictability is a critical consideration but does it run contrary to the current trend toward infrastructure simplification? I'll start by highlighting the two topics I'm discussing in this article: Simplicity: As organizations seek to redeploy IT talent to more busines… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  5. Opinion

    Intel Data-Centric Innovation Day: A Live View

    9:35 AM: We're getting a bit of a late start. Bob Swan, Intel CEO, is giving us an introduction before the main event starts. He's discussing the transformation of Intel from a PC-centric company to a Data-centric one, which explains the name of today's event. Data-centric computing represents… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  6. Opinion

    Pros and Cons of Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery

    A solid backup and disaster recovery (DR) plan is critical to the health and business continuity of your organization. In the event of a catastrophic disaster or data compromise, having a solid DR plan can do wonders to calm the nerves of stakeholders and management at the highest level. Most org… Read More

    By Greg Stuart
  7. Opinion

    How 5G Will Change Data Centers

    The anticipation of 5G wireless technology has increased every year since the release of 4G. The demand for streaming services, artificial intelligence and other bandwidth-heavy applications has gone up significantly, which is driving demand for faster speeds and less latency. 5G technology could… Read More

    By Greg Stuart
  8. Opinion

    5 Ways To Break Up the Cloud Deployment Logjam

    As trees and other debris float along waterways, logjams can accumulate and obstruct water flow, causing flooding and other problems. Breaking up logjams can be hazardous, requiring professionals with heavy equipment and even explosives. Many enterprises all over the world are embarking on a clou… Read More

    By Robert Christiansen
  9. Opinion

    6 Experts Weigh in on the IoT Connected World in 2019 and Beyond

    The Internet of Things is nothing like it was just a few years ago. Throughout the past few years, we have seen a massive IoT explosion in not only businesses but people’s lives. Millions of home and businesses around the globe are now connecting more devices than ever, and it is not expected to s… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  10. Opinion

    PanelCast Recap: The Enterprise IT Landscape in 2019

    Those working in the world of enterprise IT maintain a delicate balance between what is and what will be. Most CIOs have one foot in the data center and one in the future, and that can be tricky when it comes to anticipating not only new services and new technologies to implement, but also the clima… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Accelerating Pace of Change in IT

    The speed at which innovation is expected is driving the need for containers, serverless, etc. What does this mean for how organizations view the role of IT? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018. … Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  12. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Rise of Edge Computing

    Edge computing appears to be the next big area for growth. How do you think it will play a role in enterprise architecture in 2019? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018.  This event addressed 2019… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  13. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Hyperconvergence and the Next Wave of Systems Integration

    Hyperconvergence has become a force unto itself. What comes after HCI? Is it extensions that turn HCI into a broader platform or is it a whole new architecture altogether? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in Dece… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  14. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: A Sustained and Deeper Focus on Security

    Security incidents seem to be the daily news these days. As multi-cloud environments take center stage, how can enterprises ensure a standard security architecture across both the private and public cloud? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugu… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  15. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: Economic Volatility Will Impact Enterprise IT in 2019

    The economy can’t be ignored. We’ve enjoyed a decade-long rally that has propelled startup fortunes and enabled enterprise customers to make new investments. Do you think that will change in 2019 as we see increased market volatility and, if so, what do you think the outcomes look like? [su_no… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Future of Interoperability and Integration

    Is interoperability and integration between product manufacturers increasing or decreasing? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast event, held in December of 2018.  This event addressed 2019 enterprise IT predictions in a discuss… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  17. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: How Public Cloud Costs Are Driving Organizations to On-Prem and Back

    Presently, it seems that cloud run costs/subscriptions can easily exceed on-premises costs for general workloads beyond small systems. Do you see this changing moving forward, and how soon? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was created following ActualTech Media's inaugural PanelCast ev… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  18. Opinion

    PanelCast 2019 Predictions: The Evolution from Alignment to Digital Transformation and Going Beyond Hardware Buys

    IT needs to meet all the needs of the business, but the business isn’t always interested in buying more stuff – tools, software, platforms, hardware, storage, networking, etc. How does the business forge ahead without IT just continuing to buy? [su_note note_color="#e1f2ed"]This blog post was c… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  19. Opinion

    Ransomware Goes Local As Governments, Infrastructure, Port Authorities Take a Hit

    In the age of cyber warfare, holding up banks and taking hostages are relics of the pre-digital heists of the past. The target for this new generation of criminals is data; holding a company or organization to ransom electronically is becoming the go-to tactic. After the city of Atlanta found its… Read More

    By Caroline Seymour
  20. Opinion

    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
  21. Opinion

    Putting Things in Context: Why We’re Ditching Slack for Microsoft Teams

    I don’t often write about the inner workings of ActualTech Media. It’s not because I don’t want to, but is due primarily to having a whole lot to stay on top of. But we’re doing something that many may think crazy, so I thought I’d tell the world! We’ve ditched Slack and adopted Micro… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe