1. Cloud

    VMware’s Licensing Change Redux: Better the Second Time Around

    The year was 2011. I was comfortably ensconced in my office at Westminster College watching as VMware brought out a marketing executive to discuss the company’s revolutionary new licensing program. As soon as I saw that it was a marketing person giving the news about a change in licensing, I thoug… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. Cloud

    Report: Cloud Spend Tops Data Center Spend for First Time in 2019

    “Trend” stories have some value, in the same way virtual machine snapshots have some value: they’re helpful, and often quite helpful, as long as you understand their limitations. (And always remember: a snapshot is not a backup!) You know the end-of-year trend articles: “Top Stories of 20… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Cloud

    Challenges to Cloud Computing Resource Planning

    Cloud computing has transformed how enterprises think about infrastructure. A decade ago, IT professionals had to make server projections months or years in advance, deciding on the types of servers they’d need. That would in turn be largely determined by the services required for their business n… Read More

    By Dan Sullivan
  4. Cloud

    ‘The Cloud’ Is No Magic Bullet

    There remains a belief among some in IT that moving to “the cloud” will solve all their problems. This is, emphatically, not the case. It’s entirely true that the cloud has massive advantages in terms of things like the ability to scale, to move capital expenditure (CapEx) costs to a more b… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  5. Cloud

    5 Big Challenges of Multi-Cloud Management

    Cloud computing is ubiquitous. Enterprises are continuing to move to the cloud in record numbers. According to the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report, 91% use some form of cloud, and 84% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy. It's easy to see why: a multi-cloud architecture, comprised of… Read More

    By Laurie Weber
  6. Cloud

    Untangled: The ActualTech Cloud Solutions Megacast

    Although the cloud is rapidly maturing, it’s fair to say that most companies are still trying to figure out their cloud strategy: what workloads to put there, the proper mix of public and private clouds, determining the risks vs. benefits, costs, CapEx vs. OpEx… the list goes on. To add to th… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. Cloud

    SADA Goes All-In on Google Cloud Platform

    When it comes to public cloud, there are three leaders, and then all the rest. Those leaders are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). And they’re in that order, as well—AWS at the top, followed by Azure, with GCP in third. If that’s the case, does it… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Cloud

    5 Things To Know About Office 365 and Microsoft Azure

    Let’s get the obvious out of the way: when you start SaaS-ifying and cloud-ifying your IT operations, things change. Lots of things. This isn’t your father’s data center anymore—network traffic patterns change, security requirements get a lot more complex, and your data suddenly expands beyo… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Cloud

    The Importance of Achieving and Maintaining GDPR Compliance

    In 2016, the European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This set of regulatory requirements, which went into effect in May 2018, is designed to help citizens of the EU to regain control over how their personal data is used. At the same time, though, the regulation impo… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  10. Cloud

    Software Training Labs in the Modern Enterprise

    Not all that long ago, software training in the enterprise was largely based around the use of informational videos. While video-based training does have its place, it isn’t ideal. Videos sometimes contain knowledge gaps, and there isn’t a way for a student to ask the instructor questions in rea… Read More

    By Jeremy Hess
  11. Cloud

    The Great Slack to Teams Migration: 1 Year Later

    On a fateful day in August 2018, we made the decision to extricate ourselves from Slack and jump headfirst into Microsoft Teams.  I’ve previously written about our early experiences here and here.  It was September of 2018 when we officially cut over from Slack to Teams, but we’d been doing a… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  12. Cloud

    Tape-based Backup vs. Cloud-based Backup: Which Is Better?

    Linear Tape-Open-based storage, or LTO, has long been the economic favorite for data backup and archiving. Much of the world’s backup data resides in portable, remotely stored tape drives, at the ready in case disaster should strike. So it’s highly likely that you have existing investments to pr… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  13. Cloud

    Making the Right Choice for Hybrid Storage

    The cloud is fundamentally transforming information technology. Businesses in every industry are looking to cloud-based services to augment or replace traditional on-premises IT systems, and facilitate digital transformation. And most of those companies are pursuing hybrid cloud approaches—63%… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  14. Cloud

    Overcoming 'Alert Fatigue' With AIOps

    "Alert fatigue" is a real thing for IT admins. You need to monitor your environment at all times, watching for current—as well as potential—issues. But too many alerts can quickly turn into a “boy who cried wolf” scenario: so many alerts come in that you start to tune them out. At that po… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. Cloud

    It’s a Multi-Cloud World: Are You Ready?

    It’s been awhile since organizations had to be convinced of the value of the public cloud. Even those who haven’t moved there yet understand the advantages; in most cases, it’s a matter of when, not if, the move will be made. This doesn’t mean, of course, that everything in your data cent… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  16. Cloud

    The New World of Cloud Backup and Recovery

    Data. It’s everywhere now. Data is growing exponentially, even doubling every year in some industries. The type of data being generated is also growing. Think about the growth of video files, as 4K resolution, 8K resolution—basically, anythingK resolution—starts to proliferate. Those fil… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  17. Cloud

    What’s Your Plan for Handling O365 Data Loss?

    Organizations today are incredibly dependent on cloud services like messaging, collaboration, and productivity. In many cases, we store valuable business data, or sensitive customer data within these services. We rely heavily on the availability of this data to ensure the business runs smooth. So… Read More

    By Greg Stuart
  18. Cloud

    Serverless is Where Savings are in the Cloud

    Many of us to expect, or at least hope, to save on infrastructure spending by moving to the cloud. Sticker shock from monthly cloud bills has dispelled that myth for many. Or is the problem not that cloud savings are a myth, but that we haven’t figured out how to realize those savings? Consider… Read More

    By Dan Sullivan
  19. Cloud

    Cloud 2.0 and 'The Bottomless Cloud'

    IT resources such as storage have always had a reputation for being costly. This focus on cost has forced a certain way of thinking for many organizations that put the cost of storage above all other considerations. Specifically, it  has led to a scarcity mindset, where data storage is viewed as… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  20. Cloud

    Not All Workloads Are Created Equal

    Not all application workloads are created equal. They each have their own requirements and business value. They need different resources, and have varying levels of importance and impact to your organization. This is an important consideration when you’re planning data protection and disaster reco… Read More

    By Katherine Gorham
  21. Cloud

    On-Premises-to-Cloud Migration

    Storage is quickly becoming a cheap, fast, one-size-fits all commodity. That’s why most data is moving to the cloud. It doesn’t make any more sense these days to run your own on-premises storage than it would to run your own electric plant. There are a lot of hidden costs to running on-premis… Read More

    By Brien Posey