1. Opinion

    The Continuing Evolution of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the market was introduced to what we now consider “original” hyperconverged infrastructure technology.  In that initial wave of technology, we saw appliances combining servers and storage hit the shelves, firing a shot over the bow of storage providers t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. Opinion

    Think Differently About Storage With Superconvergence

    Modern virtualization introduced overhead into the compute and storage stack in a number of ways. For many production workloads, IT organizations were happy to trade the overhead incurred for the massive increase in workload consolidation and ease of administration. But there are always outliers.… Read More

    By James D. Green
  3. Opinion

    Blazing Fast Network Virtualization with Superconvergence

    VMware's acquisition of Nicira in 2012 and Cisco's major push with ACI were confirmation that software-defined networking and network function virtualization were coming to a data center near you. SDN solutions like NSX work their magic by making use of an overlay network to virtualize a network… Read More

    By James D. Green
  4. Opinion

    The Continuing Convergence of Infrastructure

    As technology has evolved and our ideas around how IT infrastructure should be managed have matured, infrastructure has continued to converge. The main drivers for this convergence have been operational efficiency and predictability. When converged infrastructure was introduced, the provisioning and… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Opinion

    Don’t Miss This! Our 2016 Cloud MegaCast – July 27th!

    “The cloud” is a term that has been hijacked, twisted about, and regurgitated by many marketers with nary a thought to what it actually happening under the hood. Part of the problem is that cloud is an umbrella term for a bunch of different possibilities, but it’s too often equated with only l… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  6. Opinion

    vChat Podcast - VMware Labs Flings with James Green, vBlog Results, and Home Labs (Episode 41)

    In episode #41, Simon and David talk with vExpert James Green about his favorite VMware Labs Flings including DRS Doctor, I/O Analyzer, and PowerCLI tools. We also cover the vBlog 2016 results and what we are doing with our home labs. WATCH NOW to see the full episode! Show Notes and Hyperlinks… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  7. Opinion

    Meet Container-Defined Storage from Portworx

    As agility in the data center increases with increasing adoption of container-based provisioning, some have noticed a major infrastructure component lagging behind: storage. Enterprise storage is notoriously slow-moving from a provisioning perspective; beyond that, most or all of the storage platfor… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. Opinion

    New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server

    The intersection of storage infrastructure and database platforms is one of the most critical yet misunderstood relationships in the entire data center. And it's not getting any easier for storage admins or DBAs. The volume of data retained and accessed by today’s organizations is exploding a… Read More

    By James D. Green
  9. Opinion

    Don’t Miss This! Our 2016 Hyperconvergence MegaCast – April 27th!

    Are you frustrated by the rising complexity in your data center? Does storage keep you up at night because it’s too slow, too small, or too expensive… or all of the above? Are you looking for ways to make life simpler so that your IT department can better meet the needs of the business? If yo… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  10. Opinion

    The Transformation of NetApp

    There may be some of you who (like me) essentially "wrote off" NetApp as being one of those companies that stopped innovating and will slowly "go by the wayside". This is easy to do when all you hear about is "the hot new thing" from "the hot new startup" (which for some time, wasn't NetApp). Just… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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