1. Cloud

    ‘VMware Edge’ Promises To Bring Order to Distributed Chaos

    VMware looks at the IT infrastructure world and sees disorder everywhere. And “VMware Edge,” a product suite announced at VMworld 2021, aims to bring order to the increasing state of disorder. Sanjay Uppal, VMware SVP & GM for the Service Provider & Edge Business Unit, put the problem in star… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  2. Cloud

    VMware Peers into Multi-Cloud Future at VMworld 2021

      It’s clear that leveraging the public cloud is now table stakes for many IT organizations, no matter the size. The next frontier to conquer, and one that VMware took aim at during the keynote session for its 2021 VMworld conference, is multi-cloud. This direction makes sense for VMware. I… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  3. Cloud

    Juniper To Focus on ‘Experience-First Networking’

    IT folks who sit through presentations of new vendor products tend to roll their eyes when they hear certain buzzwords. And none is more overused than “game-changer.” According to many vendors, even something as basic as adding two-factor authentication is a “game-changer.” (Note to vendors:… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Cloud

    Xilinx Unleashes the Power of the Smart NIC

    Network Interface Cards, or NICs, are like car tires: they rarely get any attention, but they’re absolutely essential for operation. It’s easy to even forget they’re attached, since they’re so fundamentally basic—until something goes wrong. When that happens with your tires, your car stops… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  5. Cloud

    Managing Applications at the Distributed Edge Cloud with Avassa

    Edge computing is, of course, a form of cloud computing. But it can be helpful in a way to think of edge computing as the polar opposite of cloud computing. And understanding that can be a big help in grasping what Avassa is trying to do with its edge platform. Avassa presented at Tech Field Day… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  6. Cloud

    Infrastructure-as-Code Made Easy with env0

    Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC): it’s one of those phrases many in IT are aware of, but few actually understand at a deep level. In (very) brief, IaC is a way to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure in an automated fashion. Why is that important? Because cloud development and deployment can be v… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  7. Cloud

    099 — Cloud-Native Application Observability with Chronosphere

    We are now in the era of cloud-native application development. And while this new paradigm has incredible benefits in terms of time to market, efficiency, and more, it ramps up the complexity factor significantly. With dozens, hundreds, or thousands of microservices comprising an application, obs… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Cloud

    Algoblu Introduces ‘Network Element Virtualization’

    “Network Element Virtualization”: It sounds impressive, doesn’t it? In fact, it is impressive, and this new technology from Algoblu can transform your network operations. As Edward Qin, Chief Product Officer for Algoblu, explains to ActualTech Media Partner/CEO Scott Lowe in this “Spotlig… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Cloud

    Datadobi Migrates Your On- and Off-Premises Data Quickly and Securely

    Sure, you can use a free, vendor-supplied utility to upload data from your on-premises environment to the cloud. But should you? That’s a question you can answer with a hearty “you betcha!” if you’re using Datadobi. That’s because Datadobi has a “maniacal focus on data integrity,” S… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Cloud

    098  – Databases in the Public Cloud? Yes, You Can!

    Believe it or not, there was a time when virtualizing servers was hard. Not so much anymore. In a way, that’s where we are with databases in the public cloud. It’s hard, and it can be intimidating to make the switch. When we look back in a few years, though, we may wonder why it seemed so har… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  11. Cloud

    Nasuni Provides a ‘NAS in the Cloud’

    You know you need to be in the cloud. There are so many advantages in terms of scalability and availability, data resilience, backup and disaster recovery, and so on. But getting to the cloud can be scary, especially if you’re a traditional IT shop with apps and data stored in your on-premises dat… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  12. Cloud

    Beef Up Your Cloud Security with Solvo

    “By 2023, 75% of security failures will result from inadequate management of identities, access, and privileges, up from 50% in 2020.” This statistic, from Gartner, should be a warning to organizations about upcoming security threats. Getting out ahead of that looming danger is what Solvo is… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Cloud

    Veritas Ramps Up Its Cloud Data Protection Offerings

    Most companies use some form of Software as a Service (SaaS). Even those who are dragged kicking and screaming into the cloud era use things like Box, Slack, and other services. And during the pandemic, that trend has accelerated like a bullet train, since workforces are now dispersed and data and a… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Cloud

    Are You Experiencing Cybersecurity Tool Fatigue?

    According to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, spending on cybersecurity for infrastructure will reach nearly $106 billion this year, an increase of about $9 billion over last year. Referring to the SolarWinds hack, Michela Menting, Digital Security Research Director at ABI Research… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. Cloud

    Are You Ready for ‘Cloud First’ Computing?

    “Cloud first.” It’s what many organizations—maybe most—say they want to be these days. Some even are. But for the vast majority, it’s still an aspirational goal more than anything else. Companies inherently understand the value of being “cloud first,” since we’re well beyond the er… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. Cloud

    Alkira Connects You To Any Cloud, Anywhere

    David Klebanov, head of product marketing for Alkira, asks a fascinating question during his discussion with ActualTech Media Partner James Green: What if you’d had the chance to design your network with the cloud in mind? That’s what drove the idea behind Alkira, which offers networking (or… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Cloud

    Simplifying Management with VMware vRealize Operations Extensibility

    One of the fundamental truths of enterprise IT is that management tool consolidation improves operational efficiency. It’s easier for an IT pro to use a single solution to collectively monitor all of their applications and infrastructure/cloud resources than to take a piecemeal approach to monitor… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  18. Cloud

    Customized Kubernetes with Spectro Cloud

    It’s not exactly breaking news to say that Kubernetes is hard. And the more complex your environment—both on- and off-premises—the more difficult it is to deploy and manage. Spectro Cloud understands this, and also recognizes that your environment is unique to your business. That means a on… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Cloud

    Render Wants To ‘Make DevOps Go Away’

    When Anurag Goel, CEO of Render, says that his company’s goal is to “make DevOps go away,” what does he mean? As he tells ActualTech Media Partner James Green in this Spotlight Series video chat, he means that there should be as little friction as possible between the developer and the depl… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Cloud

    Protect Your Cloud-Native Environment with Isovalent

    IT networking and security were never easy, but they were certainly easier back when everything was behind the walled garden of a data center. Those days are long gone, replaced by cloud-based environments in which data and application components can be, basically, anywhere. Nowadays, understandi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Cloud

    Scala Computing Offers Hyperscale Simulations

    So, you want to add machine learning or artificial intelligence to your most mission-critical application. Do you have any idea how that will affect the network, the application and, ultimately, your end users? With Scala Computing, you can try it out virtually before flipping the switch in your dat… Read More

    By Keith Ward