1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Cloud

    Stay Connected with Out-of-Band Management

    During a security assessment, auditors always ask this one question: “How do you manage your devices?” The answer should be: “out-of-band management.” Is that your answer? If not, you may have issues that need immediate attention. What Is Out-of-Band Management? Let’s get started wi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  14. Cloud

    Systems Management and the FCAPS Standard

    Managing systems and networks ultimately means understanding what they comprise, what they can do, and who’s allowed to use them. In IT, systems and network management is an important discipline with a long history, with many approaches and tools to implement them. FCAPS Sets the Management Sta… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  15. Cloud

    SASE: Rethinking Network Security in the Age of the Globally Distributed Cloud

    Today's network security solutions are proving inadequate, based on a major shift in the spotlight on where data and resources are located and work is performed in the enterprise network. With the increase in remote-based users, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and globally distributed cloud service… Read More

    By James Pyles
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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