1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Cloud

    Monitoring Your Applications with VMware vRealize Operations

    One of most compelling features of VMware vRealize Operations is its ability to monitor both operating systems and applications such as Microsoft Exchange, MySQL, and Oracle WebLogic Server. VMware vRealize Operations uses application metrics to help identify conditions that might eventually lead to… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  7. Cloud

    Movebot: Like a House Mover for Your Data

    Jayden Bartram has an interesting analogy for what Movebot does: they’re the moving company for your data. Bartram, Movebot’s CEO, talked about what exactly that means with ActualTech Media CEO Scott Lowe in this Spotlight Series video. Movebot, Bartram explains, moves your data from anywhere… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  8. Cloud

    Move Your Unstructured Data from Anywhere, to Anywhere with Datadobi

    Growth of unstructured data—i.e., file and object data—is taking off like a rocket in most organizations. But all that data has to go somewhere, and most on-premises storage options are quickly filled up. Cloud to the rescue! In this Spotlight Series video, Scott Lowe, ActualTech Media CEO, t… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Cloud

    Broadcom Releases New AIOps Platform with Enhanced Functionality

    The IT space is fully ensconced in the era of xOps. This is the idea that to gain the most efficient and best-running environment, formerly disparate IT teams like virtualization admins, network admins, developers, DBAs, and so on need to break down the walls separating their disciplines. Going full… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  10. Cloud

    Why It’s Time to Consider VMware vRealize Operations Cloud

    vRealize Operations has long been the go-to solution for managing VMware environments, and more recently, far beyond just the VMware estate, as well. In the last year, VMware has begun offering vRealize Operations as a SaaS solution, running in the cloud. The question is, which version of vRealize O… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  11. Cloud

    Using vRealize Operations to Gain Insight into Your Kubernetes Environment

    Not all that long ago, most organizations focused their management efforts on virtual machines (VMs) and the supporting infrastructure. Today, VMs are only half the story. In addition to managing VMs, organizations also need to be able to manage containers. vRealize Operations is an ideal managem… Read More

    By Brien Posey
  12. Cloud

    Offload Inactive Data to the Cloud and Drive Down Storage Costs

    Most files have a similar lifecycle: They’re created, revised several times, and then seldom used again. Unfortunately, files can rarely just be deleted. They may need to be kept for legal reasons, or an application may require them to exist in order to function. So even though they’re rarely us… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
  13. Cloud

    How Containers Enable Cloud-Native Development

    In a fast-paced world where users expect software to work quickly and respond promptly to changes, containers are vital. Containers are part of the technologies in cloud-native development. They support faster software design and better operations by compartmentalizing software units. A container… Read More

    By Kris Flores
  14. Cloud

    Balancing Load, Capacity, and Throughput Across Your File Storage Environment

    IT departments often have multiple file storage systems, but storage isn’t distributed equally across them. If one filer is full while others sit nearly empty, it’s not an issue of negligence on the part of IT administrators: Capacity-balancing a fleet of filers has traditionally been difficult… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
  15. Cloud

    Streamlining Placement of Scattered Data on File and Object Storage

    Many organizations have data stored in a wide range of locations on a distributed infrastructure. There can be good reasons for this, but it can also cause chaos. Everyone wants high-throughput, low-latency access to the files they need. They want those files to be easy to find, and they want all of… Read More

    By Trevor Pott
  16. Cloud

    New Gorilla Guide To…® vRealize Operations 8.1 and Cloud

    “Self-driving IT operations.” It sounds like a pipe dream, doesn’t it? After all, with the complexity of today’s distributed, cloud-focused environment, data and applications can (and do!) live anywhere—on-premises, a hybrid cloud, a public cloud, and multiple clouds. How can all that scat… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Cloud

    Climb Aboard the Client-Serverless Train with Fauna

    I write novels as a hobby (I jokingly call it my “non-profit corporation”), and there’s an old saying among fiction writers: Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. That means, in essence, that if you love a particular character or element in your book, but it doesn’t make your book better… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Cloud

    The Data Migration Confidence Game

    There’s no doubt that moving data to the public cloud is something nearly every organization of any size needs to be doing, or at least considering. The explosion of data is like the expansion of the universe—it’s accelerating, and showing no signs of slowing. All that data, whether structu… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  19. Cloud

    Couchbase Virtual Event Runs from Oct. 14-16

    Among the things the unprecedented year of 2020 will be remembered for, at least in the IT industry, is virtual conferences. Unable to meet face-to-face with their customers and potential customers, companies have done the next best thing and held online shows with many of the same features, includi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  20. Cloud

    Why Companies Succeed—and Fail—with Containers

    Although containers (the virtual kind) have been around awhile, it still feels like they’re brand new. Contrast that with virtual machines, which have been in common usage for 15 years now. Will containers one day seem as mainstream as virtual machines? It’s hard to say, but there’s certain… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Cloud

    Branch Maintenance via Out-of-Band Management

    Out-of-band management, aka OOBM, plays a vital role in modern IT operations of all sizes and scales. Indeed, OOBM might be judged “mission critical” for headquarters operations and data centers alike. But OOBM is tremendously important for satellite IT operations, as well, most notably for b… Read More

    By Keith Ward