1. Cloud

    Optimizing Workloads for the Cloud

    Every day, more organizations are moving to the cloud. It’s typically not a wholesale move, but bits and pieces here and there. And too often, when workloads are moved to the cloud, there’s a tendency for admins to “set it and forget it.” After all, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and so on are re… Read More

    By Brian Kirsch
  2. Cloud

    How to Take the Pain Out of the Private Cloud Lifecycle

    Designing a cloud is, in essence, designing an entire data center. Designing and operating a cloud requires attention to the entire lifecycle of the cloud: since each component can affect adjacent solutions, the impact of every change on the whole must be carefully considered. Layering on some cl… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  3. Cloud

    Getting Our Hands Dirty Installing VMware Cloud on AWS

    The new VMware Cloud on AWS allows you to run your vSphere virtual machines in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud, without modification, and access the hundreds of services available from AWS. In this video, Keith Ward, James Green, and David Davis of ActualTech Media are joined by Trevor Po… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  4. Cloud

    Clouds Are a Key Enabler for Digital Transformation

    Clouds fundamentally change who has control over IT. Traditional infrastructures rely on IT teams to provision resources, workloads, applications and services. Clouds don’t – they let the individuals responsible for doing something useful with IT be the ones to provision that IT. At the risk… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  5. Cloud

    Getting Started with Cloud Daddy for AWS Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

    Anyone who is using Amazon Web Services needs a secure backup and disaster recovery solution to protect your mission critical applications and data. Up until this point that's been tough to do with the tools that are included with AWS. Thankfully a new solution was recently released launched! Cloud… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  6. Cloud

    Ease of Use is the Goal for Private Cloud

    The decision has been made to move to private cloud. All reasons for or against have been heard, and now it’s time to implement. With this in mind, what options are available for doing so, and how do they affect the design of an organization’s IT? Private clouds come in flavors, and while eac… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  7. Cloud

    Aviatrix Simplifies Public Cloud Networking

    Networking is hard. It’s been hard since the early days of computing. It was hard with the rise of the x86-based data center, when commodity servers became a thing and moved into racks by the tens, dozens and hundreds. Having servers and other computers talk to each other is difficult enough when… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Cloud

    How SoftNAS Is Like the U.S. Marines

    “Cloud native” is currently a major buzzword in the IT industry. Applications built to be used in the cloud, whether public, private or hybrid, focus on things like microservices and distributed architectures, and they work at any scale. But here’s the thing: not everyone needs to, or is wi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Cloud

    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
  10. Cloud

    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
  11. Cloud

    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
  12. Cloud

    Pure//Accelerateâ„¢ 2018 Conference News

    I’m at Pure//Accelerate™ in San Francisco this week, and it’s shaping up to be an exciting event! The show features keynotes by Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo and guest speakers Jez Humble (who you may be familiar with from books such as The DevOps Handbook) and Dr. Kate Darling, leading e… Read More

    By James D. Green
  13. Cloud

    5 Great Reasons to Attend the Cloud Solutions MegaCast on April 11

    Do you remember the Christmas classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? At one point, Linus asks Lucy why he should memorize his lines for the Christmas play. Lucy slowly closes her fingers into a fist, counting each one as another good reason. Well, I won’t threaten you, but, like, Lucy, I’ll… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  14. Cloud

    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
  15. Cloud

    Technology Experts Share Their Top Tips and Advice for 'World Backup Day'

    Backing up data should be one of the most fundamental of all IT activities. Yet, time and again, companies that should know better fail to properly create, secure and validate their backups. This Saturday, March 31, is World Backup Day, a day created to raise awareness for data backup and protect… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Cloud

    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
  17. Cloud

    HyperGrid's HyperCloud 5.0 Adds Raft of Updates to Ease Cloud Implementations

    Pretty much every IT shop has looked at moving at least some of its operations to the cloud, whether it’s a private, public or hybrid cloud. The benefits in terms of costs, efficiency and reduced dev/test time are well known by this point. One of the major stumbling blocks to making this happen… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Cloud

    Enterprise Container Platform PKS Hits General Availability

    Pivotal Container Service (PKS), an enterprise-class platform for creating, deploying and running Kubernetes clusters for both development and production, was made generally available today. Kubernetes was developed to orchestrate containers at the enterprise level, and quickly became the leadin… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Cloud

    Red Hat Buys Container Vendor CoreOS

    The red-hot container industry got another log added to the fire with the recent announcement that Red Hat is buying CoreOS, a company focused on container-based development and management. The deal, which was reportedly valued at $250 million, gives Red Hat a significantly larger footprint in th… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Cloud

    Container Security Vendor Tigera Gets a $10 Million Round of Funding

    Trust is generally seen as a good thing. But when it comes to the world of cloud computing, that idea doesn’t work. In fact, it’s a very, very bad thing when your applications are trusting the wrong technologies; it leads to compromise and all kinds of security issues. What’s needed in thes… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Cloud

    Microsoft Buys Storage Optimizer Avere Systems

    I’ve written about Avere Systems recently, and how impressed I am with the company and its products. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who saw the potential in its storage solutions, as it was just acquired by Microsoft. Avere’s mission of optimizing flash storage for greater speed and effic… Read More

    By James D. Green