1. Data Center

    How MSPs Benefit from Commodity Hardware and Open Source Virtualization

    As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or hosting provider, you need to keep pace with the big public cloud providers and create customer solutions that provide the same flexibility and potential for scale that the hyperscalers offer. Yes, you can offer customers the peace of mind that comes with hoste… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  2. Data Center

    Key Advantages of Software-Based Hyperconvergence

    You have two choices when it comes to moving to hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI: a software-based approach or an appliance-based approach. They both have their positives and negatives, but the average administrator may not realize the long-term benefits of a software-based solution, since appl… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  3. Data Center

    Meeting the Challenges of Managing Microservices-based Applications

    It used to be so much easier to do application performance management (APM). Remember? Monolithic, old-school apps didn’t have that many dependencies. Fewer moving parts meant less to monitor. It also meant greater visibility of those parts. Less data collected. Fewer issues (but by no means few)… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  4. Data Center

    Tutorial: Deploying a Cumulus Linux Demo Environment With Vagrant

    Thanks to ActualTech Media’s relationship with the Cumulus Networks team, I had the opportunity to attend an onsite bootcamp at Cumulus HQ in Mountain View, Calif., where a Cumulus professional services consultant (David Marshall) trained myself and a few others on the ins and outs of Cumulus Linu… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Data Center

    How to Take the Pain Out of the Private Cloud Lifecycle

    Designing a cloud is, in essence, designing an entire data center. Designing and operating a cloud requires attention to the entire lifecycle of the cloud: since each component can affect adjacent solutions, the impact of every change on the whole must be carefully considered. Layering on some cl… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  6. Data Center

    IT Support May Be the Crucial Cloud Question

    Once IT teams are no longer having to hand-hold IT infrastructure every day, they won’t know the intricacies of its operation. This makes the support experience – both the ease of access to support, and the overall quality of the support – absolutely critical. What do other customers of that v… Read More

    By ActualTech Media
  7. Data Center

    Apstra to Demonstrate Intent-Based Data Center Network Automation with VMware vSphere Integration at VMworld

    We are, of course, meeting with tons of IT companies at VMworld like we always do. One of the meetings I'm excited about this year is with Apstra. It's been about two years since I've had a good hard look at Apstra. They presented at Networking Field Day 13, for which I had a seat at the table. Si… Read More

    By James D. Green
  8. Data Center

    How SoftNAS Is Like the U.S. Marines

    “Cloud native” is currently a major buzzword in the IT industry. Applications built to be used in the cloud, whether public, private or hybrid, focus on things like microservices and distributed architectures, and they work at any scale. But here’s the thing: not everyone needs to, or is wi… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  9. Data Center

    What You Need to Know About Value Stream Mapping for the Enterprise

    Leading enterprises like Netflix, Uber, and Airbnb have demonstrated that the future of business lies in figuring out how to create value faster than competitors. This sounds good on paper, but enterprises can get hit snags when trying to move faster without creating more value in practice. To ad… Read More

    By George Lawton
  10. Data Center

    Top 5 Tips for VDI Success

    Last week, ActualTech Media hosted the VDI and End-User Computing EcoCast (which you can still watch On Demand here). The purpose of the event was to discuss the latest innovations in End User Computing and hear from some manufacturers of products that can make deploying VDI solutions more straightf… Read More

    By James D. Green
  11. Data Center

    NooBaa V2 Addresses Next Generation of Cloud Storage Challenges

    There's a lot of buzz these days about supporting cloud migrations and having a multi-cloud strategy. Yet it's an open question if those are valid, current concerns or a matter for some point in the future. After all, migration away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure or to Google C… Read More

    By James D. Green
  12. Data Center

    CloudEndure Finds Joint Answers to Issues of Disaster Recovery and Cloud Migration

    IT departments usually look at the challenge of setting up disaster recovery in the cloud as discrete from the equally large challenge of migrating workloads from an on-premises environment to the cloud. Yet, those two challenges have a lot in common. One shared characteristic is speed. Whether y… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  13. Data Center

    Pure//Accelerate™ 2018 Conference News

    I’m at Pure//Accelerate™ in San Francisco this week, and it’s shaping up to be an exciting event! The show features keynotes by Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo and guest speakers Jez Humble (who you may be familiar with from books such as The DevOps Handbook) and Dr. Kate Darling, leading e… Read More

    By James D. Green
  14. Data Center

    Countdown to the GDPR Deadline: Preparing for Compliance

    It’s nearly May 25: Do you know where your data is? If you don’t, the consequences could be severe. On that date, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect, a regulation that was designed to protect an individual’s personal data. With the compliance deadline upo… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  15. Data Center

    Open Source Storage Is Disrupting the Enterprise Market

    What do you get when you combine enterprise storage with open source? A zebra. Open Enterprise Storage! At the center of the open enterprise storage movement is iXsystems. iXsystems is the developer of both TrueNAS and FreeNAS. FreeNAS is the adventurous open-source younger sibling. TrueNAS is t… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  16. Data Center

    Executive Briefing: Excelero Provides Performance of Local NVMe Across the Network

    There’s no doubt that Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) is the storage of the future. It’s extremely fast and low-latency; a perfect fit for workloads needing the highest level of performance currently available. That amazing performance, though, starts to take a hit as soon as you leave the… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  17. Data Center

    Executive Briefing: E8 Storage Pushes NVMe to the Edge

    There is a certain mindset in the industry (often promoted by vendors) that the faster the storage, the better. This is often more hype than reality: it’s quite possible that the best storage method for your cold data is, for example, good ol’ tape. It’s cheap, it’s reliable and it’s time-… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  18. Data Center

    Technology Experts Share Their Top Tips and Advice for 'World Backup Day'

    Backing up data should be one of the most fundamental of all IT activities. Yet, time and again, companies that should know better fail to properly create, secure and validate their backups. This Saturday, March 31, is World Backup Day, a day created to raise awareness for data backup and protect… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  19. Data Center

    Top 10 Things You Need to Know About NVMe Devices

    Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) devices are now mainstream. They are no longer considered exotic, and, as such, they have a wide variety of use cases. A year ago, Micron supplied me with a couple of enterprise NVMe devices, and I have been using them in my vSphere servers as cache devices and… Read More

    By Tom Fenton
  20. Data Center

    HyperGrid's HyperCloud 5.0 Adds Raft of Updates to Ease Cloud Implementations

    Pretty much every IT shop has looked at moving at least some of its operations to the cloud, whether it’s a private, public or hybrid cloud. The benefits in terms of costs, efficiency and reduced dev/test time are well known by this point. One of the major stumbling blocks to making this happen… Read More

    By Keith Ward
  21. Data Center

    Citrix Buys Public Cloud ‘Traffic Cop’ Vendor Cedexis

    Citrix Buys Public Cloud ‘Traffic Cop’ Vendor Cedexis As more apps move to the cloud, and multi-cloud environments begin to proliferate, the management of all that traffic over divergent networks becomes a challenge. Latency, security and workload balancing get harder as these apps traverse m… Read More

    By Keith Ward