1. Briefing Update

    Executive Briefing: Excelero Provides Performance of Local NVMe Across the Network

    There’s no doubt that Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) is the storage of the future. It’s extremely fast and low-latency; a perfect fit for workloads needing the highest level of performance currently available. That amazing performance, though, starts to take a hit as soon as you leave the… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Briefing Update

    Executive Briefing: E8 Storage Pushes NVMe to the Edge

    There is a certain mindset in the industry (often promoted by vendors) that the faster the storage, the better. This is often more hype than reality: it’s quite possible that the best storage method for your cold data is, for example, good ol’ tape. It’s cheap, it’s reliable and it’s time-… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Briefing Update

    Data In The Context of Digital Transformation

    In case you weren’t aware, we are on the cusp of a full-on data tsunami. Thanks to the digital transformation movement, there are a growing number of systems and devices in use in any given business, and they’re throwing off data which needs to be stored, protected, and often analyzed. Businesse… Read More

    By James D. Green
  4. Briefing Update

    Solving Cloud's Infrastructure Complexities With YotaScale Infrastructure Performance Management

    When it comes to optimizing today’s complex cloud environments, it almost seems that you need a Ph.D. in cloud computing just to understand all of the moving parts. There are countless variables on the infrastructure side to consider that are relevant to specific workloads and the KPIs that they n… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  5. Briefing Update

    Leverage AWS For High Performance Apps With WekaIO's Cloud-Based Parallel File System

    Amazon’s AWS is a great platform for many types of enterprise applications, but it wasn’t built for high-performance needs, like AI. The challenge is at the file system level and that’s where a new startup, WekaIO, is making a difference. At AWS re:Invent 2017, I met with the co-founder and… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  6. Briefing Update

    What’s New With Illumio: Security Without Infrastructure Dependencies

    It’s been a little bit over three years since Illumio emerged from stealth with its Adaptive Security Platform (ASP), which leverages micro-segmentation to offer security with granular visibility across data center and cloud environments. If you're new to micro-segmentation or Illumio, check out A… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  7. Briefing Update

    LucidLink Makes the Cloud Primary Storage for Your On-Prem Applications

    [su_note note_color="#ededed"]This is part of a continuing series of briefing reports with solution providers. It is not intended to be a comprehensive product review, but rather an overview of what the vendor brings to the market, and a snapshot of their value proposition at the time ActualTech Med… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  8. Briefing Update

    Taking Storage Optimization to the Next Level With Enmotus

    [su_note note_color="#ededed"]This is part of a continuing series of briefing reports with solution providers. It is not intended to be a comprehensive product review, but rather an overview of what the vendor brings to the market, and a snapshot of their value proposition at the time ActualTech Med… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  9. Briefing Update

    Industry Briefing: Altaro Targets SMB Backup Market

    Note: This write up is the result of a short briefing with Altaro.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive review, but is intended to share with our audience an overview of what Altaro brings to the market. As I talk to enterprise IT vendors across industries -- storage, data protection, netw… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  10. Briefing Update

    Infoworks Helps Companies Get More Out of Big Data

    [su_note note_color="#ededed"]This is part of a continuing series of briefing reports with solution providers. It is not intended to be a comprehensive product review, but rather an overview of what the vendor brings to the market, and a snapshot of their value proposition at the time ActualTech Med… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. Briefing Update

    Opvizor Performance Analyzer 4.6 Is Now Available

    Although virtualization provides many advantages over the old-school “one server per application” paradigm, one area that it hasn’t improved is monitoring and troubleshooting. With the explosion of virtual machines comes a manifold increase of stats to keep an eye on, and more things to go wro… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  12. Briefing Update

    Moving Beyond Backups to Enterprise-Data-as-a-Service

    What do you do when your disaster recovery turns into a plain old disaster? Well, if you’re the large media corporation News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), you turn to Actifio for help. And you get even more than you expected. Our friends at Actifio recently shared a handful of interesting case st… Read More

    By James D. Green
  13. Briefing Update

    Avere Systems’ Latest Edge Filer Handles the Most Demanding Hybrid Cloud Workloads

    In the cloud era, it’s all about scale. That’s especially true for extremely intensive workloads that are moving huge amounts of data. And the more intensive the workload, the more crucial the need to manage storage efficiently without sacrificing performance. Because, let’s face it: if your s… Read More

    By James D. Green
  14. Briefing Update

    DriveScale Now Supports Kubernetes and Docker

    The idea of Software Composable Infrastructure (SCI) is still fairly new, even within the cutting-edge geek community. I recently wrote about DriveScale and their “Fall Edition” software release. At the core of DriveScale’s SCI system is the ability to enable the composition of datacenter infr… Read More

    By James D. Green
  15. Briefing Update

    ActualTech Debrief: Commvault HyperScale

    [toc] This post is also available for download as a complete eBook! Secondary Storage EcoScape The secondary storage market has emerged in recent years as an increasingly interesting conglomeration of the storage and data protection markets.  While this combination may not have been intended t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Briefing Update

    Still Backhauling All Internet-Bound Traffic To Your Data Center?

    A long-held tradition of enterprise security professionals is to inspect everything. Not a bad practice, really. But deciding that no traffic can enter or exit the organization's network without being inspected does have a tendency to introduce some interesting challenges with regard to network des… Read More

    By James D. Green
  17. Briefing Update

    DriveScale Releases Customer-Driven Advancements in Fall Edition of its SCI Platform

    Software Composable Infrastructure (SCI) is the underlying innovation in the DriveScale System, and it could be the key to unlocking the promise of big data for mainstream enterprises. SCI enables organizations to combine compute and storage resources into "physical" servers and clusters in any rat… Read More

    By James D. Green
  18. Briefing Update

    Cloud-Like Expenses with an On-Premises Experience

    Reality has set in and it’s probably safe to say that the hype about “cloud” has subsided. Business leaders today logically evaluate the benefits of public cloud services and determine where they may be able to improve their product, operations, or bottom line. Sometimes, their assessment is t… Read More

    By James D. Green
  19. Briefing Update

    Complete Your Cloud Picture With Multi-Site, Multi-Cloud Data Fabric From ioFABRIC

    Do you ever feel like “cloud” is everywhere these days?  If so, you’re right.  More and more, enterprise IT vendors are working hard to enable their customers’ cloud priorities, which run the range from using the cloud as a disaster recovery target to using cloud as a production workload t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  20. Briefing Update

    Scale Computing HC3 Cloud Unity Seeks to Tear Down Infrastructure and Application Walls

    Have you heard of the cloud? Yes? Good.  Because as time goes on, there’s a whole lot more happening around cloud than just shoving all of your workloads into someone else’s data center.  Today, there a whole lot of companies running in hybrid cloud scenarios.  In such scenarios, applicati… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  21. Briefing Update

    Oracle Ravello Briefing Update - 10-21-2017

    In this update, ActualTech Media partner James Green discusses Oracle Ravello's announcement that the Ravello service is available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (formerly known as Bare Metal Cloud) which allows the HVX hypervisor to run directly on bare metal. Performance and configuration increase… Read More

    By James D. Green