1. Briefing Update

    TSO Logic Aims to Bring Order to the Chaos of Cloud Pricing

    The public cloud is different than the on-premises infrastructure that IT departments and their organization's accounting departments know well, and from long experience. To start with, the technical differences are substantial. Applications need to be architected or configured for scaling out rathe… Read More

    By James D. Green
  2. Briefing Update

    Burlywood Aims to Nudge Cloud Providers to an All-Flash Future

    The emergence of the hyperscale cloud providers coincides with a fundamental realignment of the data center hardware industry. As Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other huge server customers like Facebook buy the plurality of the server, networking and storage hardware produced for data centers, the v… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Briefing Update

    DriveScale Expands Software Composable Infrastructure to Flash

    Flash storage is becoming crucial to the performance and scale of hyper-growth, modern workloads such as NoSQL and Spark because it provides higher performance than disk, while simultaneously offering smaller physical footprint and lower power usage. As the value of streaming analytics and machine l… Read More

    By James D. Green
  4. Briefing Update

    Cloudtenna Aims to Tame the Chaos of File Search Across Silos

    Answer: Dropbox. Slack. Gmail. File servers. Google Drive. JIRA. Salesforce. And way too many more. If your question was, “What are all of the possible locations for the single file I’m looking for and need this very minute?” then you win! Or, lose, as the case may be.  As companies contin… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  5. Briefing Update

    NooBaa V2 Addresses Next Generation of Cloud Storage Challenges

    There's a lot of buzz these days about supporting cloud migrations and having a multi-cloud strategy. Yet it's an open question if those are valid, current concerns or a matter for some point in the future. After all, migration away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure or to Google C… Read More

    By James D. Green
  6. Briefing Update

    CloudEndure Finds Joint Answers to Issues of Disaster Recovery and Cloud Migration

    IT departments usually look at the challenge of setting up disaster recovery in the cloud as discrete from the equally large challenge of migrating workloads from an on-premises environment to the cloud. Yet, those two challenges have a lot in common. One shared characteristic is speed. Whether y… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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