1. Opinion

    Bridging the Cloud Gap: Hybrid Cloud is the Technical and Financial Choice

    For years, we’ve heard the mantra of “to the cloud” in which pundits have said, with absolute certainty, that a journey to the public cloud is inevitable and will be the platform of choice for every business in the not-too-distant future. Nope.  Not gonna happen. Here’s what will happ… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. Opinion

    New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB

    IT is changing for businesses of all shapes and sizes. IT professionals are being asked to do more with less, and to do it faster. Especially with a small staff, this can be a serious challenge. In the new Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB, you’ll learn about technological advantages t… Read More

    By James D. Green
  3. Opinion

    Latency: The King of Storage Performance Metrics

    Storage vendor 1: “Our array can deliver 1 million IOPS!” Storage vendor 2: “Well, our array can deliver 1 billion IOPS, so take that!” This might be the start of the latest round of storage gang violence as storage vendors fight over who can do more IOPS.  Or, it could be those same… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. Opinion

    Programmable ASICs Will Change Infrastructure Investments

    With any technology, whether it's consumer technology or enterprise IT, it's only a matter of time from the purchase before the technology is outdated. Most IT departments are extremely good by now with understanding the refresh cycle and how hardware depreciates over time. I learned of some technol… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Opinion

    Taking the Challenge Out of Public Cloud Disaster Recovery

    Old school disaster recovery is hard. It’s also expensive. The DR paradigm that involves redundant hardware in a secondary data center has long been accepted as a necessary evil. However, in recent years, the growing availability and practicality of public cloud resources from organizations such a… Read More

    By James D. Green
  6. Opinion

    The Forgotten Data Protection of SaaS: Backup for Office 365 and Google Apps

    I recently interviewed Gina Minks (@gminks), Product Marketing Manager at Spanning (and EMC company). Most people think that when they use applications in "the cloud", that their data is "automagically" protected by the cloud provider. Consumers (and IT Pro's) assume that Software as a Service (Saa… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  7. Opinion

    ZeroStack - Attacking the Datacenter Problem From All Directions

    In case you don’t know, I’m a big fan of hyperconvergence. It may be one of the hottest and most innovative areas in enterprise technology today. What makes it even more exciting is that there are many hyperconvergence solutions out there (more than I can count on all my fingers). Just when I th… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  8. Opinion

    Beyond Virtualization: VMworld 2015 Was Not Your Typical Tradeshow

    As the U.S. VMworld 2015 recedes into our rear view mirror and we gear up for Barcelona next month, you might be wondering if a large trade show like this is worth attending. After my experience in San Francisco earlier this month, my answer with a resounding yes, and here’s why... VMware pro… Read More

    By Kathleen Walker
  9. Opinion

    Announcing the Gorilla Guide Book Series by Actualtech media!

    It's a big day at ActualTech Media: We're incredibly proud to announce the launch of our brand new technology guide series: "The Gorilla Guide™"! Additionally, the very first Gorilla Guide is now available for instant download from our Hyperconverged.org site. The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconve… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  10. Opinion

    Introducing the ActualTech Media 'Data Center Innovations' Series

    Savvy enterprise technologists know that they need to stay abreast of the latest and most innovative technology solutions coming to the data center. Unfortunately, the enterprise technology landscape is a shifting and confusing one. Technologists have real challenges and need real solutions, but und… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  11. Opinion

    Six (or more) Degrees of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]here seems to be a lot of arguments around what is and isn’t hyperconverged, with vendor after vendor saying things like, “Oh, vendor X isn’t really hyperconverged because they don’t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  12. Opinion

    Make IT Relevant By Managing Technical Debt

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]T departments are wallowing in debt… technical debt. Just like those that have racked up massive credit card bills, technical debt can be debilitating and results in an IT function that st… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  13. Opinion

    CIOs Need to Prepare Staff for Cloud Services

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]f your organization is just dipping its toes into the cloud paradigm, the impact on your staff will be relatively minimal, but they will still be affected. Your staff will need to learn the… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  14. Opinion

    How the Cloud is Changing IT

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']V[/dropcaps]irtualization is just one major trend impacting IT. It’s tough to deny that the cloud has also affected IT. Consider this: Business units and IT departments can acquire services simply by… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  15. Opinion

    The Cloud, Hosted, or On-premises: The Many Options for the SMB CIO

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hether it’s considered a blessing or a curse, CIOs today have a multitude of options at their disposal when it comes to running workloads.  In general, there are four options: On-prem… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Opinion

    The CIO and the Cloud: Embrace, Extend, Innovate

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]he word “cloud” became a hot addition to the popular lexicon a few years ago and quickly took on eye-rolling status as vendors tripped over themselves to include the new term in all of t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  17. Opinion

    The 80/20 Rule Is Dead; Long Live the 80/20 Rule

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]f you’ve worked in IT for any length of time at all, you’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule.  Also known as the Pareto Principle, this rule states that 80% of the IT budget an IT’s e… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  18. Opinion

    Four Activities Every CIO Should Embrace

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']G[/dropcaps]ood CIOs are far more than just good technical people or good business people. Good CIOs also need to be good leaders. In this article, I describe four activities that CIOs should embrace.… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe