1. Cloud

    Put Private Cloud Knowledge in Your Hands With the Stratoscale Wiki

    Unless your living situation involves granite and a cave, you’re aware that the cloud is descending upon IT and has the potential to change—for the better or for the worse, depending on your perspective—how we do business, both inside and outside IT.  Every day, it seems like there are ne… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  2. Cloud

    2017 Enterprise IT Secrets Revealed!

    First off, 2017 will see an increase in the quantity of clickbait article titles... Each year about this time, analysts, bloggers, and random people on the street start to prognosticate about the coming year, seeking to predict the trend that will define the year, the hype that will get blown out… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  3. Cloud

    The Maritime Future of IT?

    I'm not sure where the obsession with nautical entities in the cloud/data center startup world came from, but from where I'm standing, it looks like taking an aquatic stance is a reasonably good predictor of success. Let's see... Docker has the cute little whale. Kubernetes comes from a Greek w… Read More

    By James D. Green
  4. Cloud

    Container Hardening with Docker Bench for Security

    [su_spoiler title="Disclosure" icon="plus-circle" anchor="disclosure"] This post is based on observations I made while attending Tech Field Day 12. I wasn't compensated for writing this post, nor was I compensated for attending the event. My travel and incidentals to attend the event were cover… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Cloud

    Deploying OpenStack Too Slow? How About OpenStack as a Service!

    At OpenStack Summit this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Madhura Maskasky, Co-Founder and VP of Products, of Platform9 about how they're dramatically shortening the time to value with enterprise OpenStack deployments by offering OpenStack - more or less - as a service. If you've never… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  6. Cloud

    Solution Spotlight: Cloud Migration And Mobility In Minutes With Velostrata

    Fast. Simple. Easy. These are not the things that come to mind when you think of cloud migration and cloud mobility, but one startup is shaking things up to make it a reality, albeit with some limitations. There’s no denying the intrinsic benefits of a hybrid cloud model. Flexibility, agility, sc… Read More

    By Kasia Lorenc
  7. Cloud

    7 Hybrid Cloud Lessons From 7 Leading Cloud Computing Vendors

    Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses operate. It has transformed infrastructure, networking, storage, backup and recovery, performance analysis, troubleshooting, development and testing, and so much more. And today, there’s much more to cloud than what AWS and Azure have to offer… Read More

    By Kasia Lorenc
  8. Cloud

    ActualTech Media 2016 Cloud MegaCast Recap

    Yesterday was an exciting day as ActualTech Media organized the 2016 Cloud MegaCast event - this was the first time in the MegaCast event series that the featured topic has been Cloud. The event was extremely well received and attendees had a great time digging deeper by using the Q&A panel of the e… Read More

    By James D. Green
  9. Cloud

    Announcing Stratoscale Symphony V2!

    Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. However, Stratoscale is a valued client of ActualTech Media. See our full disclosure page here: http://www.actualtechmedia.com/disclosures/.  Private-Cloud-in-a-Box is a promise that many enterprise IT vendors today would like to deliver on. IT consume… Read More

    By James D. Green
  10. Cloud

    The Continuing Evolution of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the market was introduced to what we now consider “original” hyperconverged infrastructure technology.  In that initial wave of technology, we saw appliances combining servers and storage hit the shelves, firing a shot over the bow of storage providers t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  11. Cloud

    Think Differently About Storage With Superconvergence

    Modern virtualization introduced overhead into the compute and storage stack in a number of ways. For many production workloads, IT organizations were happy to trade the overhead incurred for the massive increase in workload consolidation and ease of administration. But there are always outliers.… Read More

    By James D. Green
  12. Cloud

    Don’t Miss This! Our 2016 Cloud MegaCast – July 27th!

    “The cloud” is a term that has been hijacked, twisted about, and regurgitated by many marketers with nary a thought to what it actually happening under the hood. Part of the problem is that cloud is an umbrella term for a bunch of different possibilities, but it’s too often equated with only l… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  13. Cloud

    The Cloud Is A Journey, Not a Destination

    You’ve all heard the mantra that enterprise IT workloads are marching slowly (or quickly, in some cases) but surely to the cloud.  In this context, the assumption is that workloads are exiting the local data center and making their way to public cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft.  Whi… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  14. Cloud

    Should Data Protection be Taken to a Higher Level - the OpenStack Cloud?

    10 years ago data protection (primarily backup and recovery) worked at the physical server level. When server virtualization gained popularity, data protection vendors first said that they could continue to work at the host level until the end users demanded that their data protection vendors rise t… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  15. Cloud

    News from Intel Cloud Day 2016

    Towards the end of last week, the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in the heart of San Francisco was abuzz with excitement from technology enthusiasts discussing the modern data center. Intel hosted #IntelCloudDay 2016 there on March 31st. Following are some of the exciting announcements made in t… Read More

    By James D. Green
  16. Cloud

    The Transformation of NetApp

    There may be some of you who (like me) essentially "wrote off" NetApp as being one of those companies that stopped innovating and will slowly "go by the wayside". This is easy to do when all you hear about is "the hot new thing" from "the hot new startup" (which for some time, wasn't NetApp). Just… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  17. Cloud

    Exploring 10-year Trends

    Storage is the cornerstone of data center. Without it, the world as we know it today wouldn’t exist. The data that we store is extremely important to our businesses and even to our families. As such, the storage industry - and storage administrators in particular – are notorious for moving very… Read More

    By James D. Green
  18. Cloud

    Bridging the Cloud Gap: Hybrid Cloud is the Technical and Financial Choice

    For years, we’ve heard the mantra of “to the cloud” in which pundits have said, with absolute certainty, that a journey to the public cloud is inevitable and will be the platform of choice for every business in the not-too-distant future. Nope.  Not gonna happen. Here’s what will happ… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  19. Cloud

    Taking the Challenge Out of Public Cloud Disaster Recovery

    Old school disaster recovery is hard. It’s also expensive. The DR paradigm that involves redundant hardware in a secondary data center has long been accepted as a necessary evil. However, in recent years, the growing availability and practicality of public cloud resources from organizations such a… Read More

    By James D. Green
  20. Cloud

    The Forgotten Data Protection of SaaS: Backup for Office 365 and Google Apps

    I recently interviewed Gina Minks (@gminks), Product Marketing Manager at Spanning (and EMC company). Most people think that when they use applications in "the cloud", that their data is "automagically" protected by the cloud provider. Consumers (and IT Pro's) assume that Software as a Service (Saa… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  21. Cloud

    CIOs Need to Prepare Staff for Cloud Services

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]f your organization is just dipping its toes into the cloud paradigm, the impact on your staff will be relatively minimal, but they will still be affected. Your staff will need to learn the… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe